Digital Camera Basics

Understanding the uses of key camera features and accessories is invaluable when purchasing your equipment

Choices, choices, choices....

Not to worry - Digital Camera Basics section is here to help !

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The past decade can be characterised with the triumph of the digital cameras over traditional film cameras. Since digital cameras are less expensive to make, models tend to proliferate at a much faster pace than traditional 35mm cameras.

Nowadays the rate of addition of new features to camera models has slowed down but to differentiate themselves each camera maker is known to implement specific kinds of features. To confuse matter even further, camera companies come up with their own names for the common camera features to make them sound unique and tend to combine them in different ways.

What this means to you and me is that it has gotten harder and harder to rationally choose the camera you want to buy.

If you cut through all the descriptions and specifications though, you will find that most digital cameras share many of the same basic fundamentals and common features discussed in this section.

We will not discuss specific camera models but rather Digital Camera Basics aims to lay a foundation for you in understanding key camera features and accessories, why they are important and how they affect your photographs.

The questions we will try to answer for you are:

Common Camera Controls and Accessories

You can then explore the pages dedicated to common camera controls and accessories and understand what they do. We will cover topics such as:

Do not forget to visit the sections on other camera equipment such as :

We hope you will find the information presented in these pages invaluable in understanding the basics of digital camera features. To help you during your equipment purchasing decisions, follow our 10 essential steps in buying a new camera and other equipment guide.

Digital Camera Basics

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