How to Use a Digital Camera

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Terms like megapixel and optical zoom can seem perplexing at first, but these simple steps, like a camera flash, can shed light on the situation.

Step 1: Learn about megapixels
Learn about megapixels. A megapixel refers to the resolution of the image a camera takes, or the dots that make up the quality of the image. The larger the number of megapixels, the higher the quality.

Step 2: Adjust quality settings
In the menu, adjust the quality settings of the camera. The higher the setting, the better the picture, and the more space each picture will take up on the storage card.

Step 3: Understand zoom
Understand the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom. With optical zoom, the lens physically moves, and zooming in does not change the picture quality. With digital zoom, the picture is being cropped in, which results in a loss of quality. Change to your desired setting in the menu.

Step 4: Insert the batteries
Charge and insert the batteries for the camera. Look whether your camera takes a unique battery or standard batteries that can be bought at any store.

Step 5: Take a picture
Snap a picture.

Step 6: Store your pictures
Become familiar with your camera’s storage device — cameras store pictures on SD cards, compact flash cards, memory sticks, and XD cards. Each camera takes a specific card.

Delete pictures that turn out poorly from your card to save space.

Step 7: Play with the settings
Play around with the exposure, flash, and color balance settings on the camera. Most cameras also have a mode menu that has predetermined settings for portrait, landscape, and action pictures.

Step 8: Consult the manual
Consult the instruction manual to learn about all of the features specific to your camera.

Did You Know?
Released in 1994, Apple’s QuickTake 100 was one of the first consumer digital cameras on the market, and took pictures with a resolution of 0.3 megapixels.


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25 thoughts on “How to Use a Digital Camera

  1. There different metering like matrix spot center weighted. There different modes like manual apature shutter priority. Different focusing points. Different focusing like manual or automatic or servo continuously focus. I know photography

    1. Usually they change focus on their own. Point-and-shoot cameras usually only have fully automatic video so you can’t control anything yourself. If you need manual (or really any) focus control you should get a real camcorder or a mirrorless camera like the Panasonic G7 (which, by the way, is an insane deal at $500 for a 4K-capable body and 14-42mm kit lens.)

  2. A video posing as a basic guide but waffles on incoherently and mentions unnecessary things.

    I am bored and confused and i’ve been using these things for years.

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