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Does digital camera jargon like "megapixels", "optical zoom" and "face detection" scare you? We'll help you make sense of photography lingo in this buying guide, so you can choose the right portable and easy-to-use digital compact camera.
It's an automatic camera that takes still digital images (some also capture video). Unlike a digital SLR, a digital compact camera is small, light and simple to use – just point and shoot.
Compact digital cameras come with a range of features, to suit different users. Some are smaller and thinner than others, which makes them easier to carry. Some offer more optical zoom, while others are waterproof and shockproof.
This comes down to personal preference, but it's important to match a camera's features to your lifestyle needs. Ultra-thin cameras will fit into your pocket with ease, which is great for travellers. Regular-sized digital compact cameras are still small enough to fit in a handbag, but often come with more features.
Instead of using a roll of film, digital cameras convert images into digital files, which are stored on internal memory or removable memory cards. This lets you take hundreds of photos in one session and delete the one's you don't like.
The storage capacity of memory cards is measured in gigabytes (GB). The more GB, the more photos you can store. The different types of memory cards available are:
Pixels are the small dots that form a digital image. One megapixel (MP) equals one million pixels. The higher the megapixel count, the bigger the images can be printed without losing quality (pixellating).
Optical zoom (true zoom) delivers a closer image, while retaining image quality. On the other hand, digital zoom reduces image quality. This is because digital zoom digitally enhances an image by cropping then enlarging a section of the image, while optical zoom uses the lens.
The LCD display screen on the back of the camera shows a preview of the photo you're about to take. It also displays previous photos and allows you to scroll through the camera's functions. In digital photography, a bigger display screen is easier to use.
Some LCD displays offer touchscreen control and menu functions.
Most compact digital cameras come with custom-fit rechargeable batteries, while some budget models and super-zoom cameras run on AA batteries.
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