Digital Camera Tips: What MUST Know
To Get The Right Digital Camera
3-What MUST Know To Get The Right Digital Camera
Here's Lesson 3 of "What You MUST Know To Get The Right Digital Camera!" Today we'll be covering:
The Three Important Factors To Digital Camera Memory
When it comes to digital camera memory, the first thing most people want to know is, "How many pictures can I put on a memory card?"
Although it would seem like there should be a direct answer to how many pictures you can put on a memory card, it's really a little more involved. The answer to digital camera memory depends upon these three factors:
1. The amount of space your memory card
Capacity of the Card
The first thing to consider
Those small-capacity memory cards that come packaged with cameras are only meant to get you started. You'll need to purchase additional digital camera memory if you want to seriously take some pictures.
The most confusing thing about digital camera memory is the difference between high resolution and high compression. The resolution and compression you use is very important to your results and the amount of digital camera memory you use.
But it's easy to confuse the terms when you're new to digital photography. They don't mean the same thing at all. High compression is the opposite of high resolution.
Think of it this way, high compression
results in low
It would be fair to say the picture won't be the same quality anymore. You might say the high compression of the boot instantly lowers the picture quality (resolution).
In this case, the boot smashes the "pixels" and reduces the pixel count. In the case of a digital camera, the pixels don't even get recorded - so there are less pixels in the image. Think of it this way, how much milk can you put into a smashed milk carton? Not much.
So in a digital camera, the lower the pixel count, the lower the resolution (because you're crunching the storage space). And the less digital camera memory you need.
A low resolution picture has limitations — it
However, higher resolution takes up more
digital camera memory space. And that means that the
higher the resolution you use, the faster you'll use
up the space on your memory card. And vice versa — the
lower the resolution of your pictures, the
But don't take pictures based on storage space. Low-resolution pictures may not suit your needs and you might end up regretting it for years. Only use a low resolution if you're sure all you're going to do with that picture is email it or put it on a webpage. If you might decide to print it in the future, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Just make sure you have sufficient digital
camera memory. If you tend to take pictures at only
the highest resolution at all time, you will need more
memory on your card. As a general rule, have at least
128MB of storage for a 3 or 3.2 megapixel
Personally, I prefer to have plenty of
It's always better to have more storage than less. You never know when you might need it. Nor do you want to run out of storage if you're taking your digital camera on a long trip.
If you use TIFF or RAW capture modes,
keep in mind is that they take up more space than JPEG.
TIFF and RAW are only available on higher-end cameras,
so you won't have to worry
When purchasing digital camera memory, do make sure you get the right memory card for your camera. And that it can support the digital camera memory card size you're considering (not all cameras support 4-GB memory cards).
But that's not all you need to know about digital camera memory. To find out what really matters when it comes to memory cards -- what size you need and what type is best.
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