The camera world has come a long way since the analog, film-based models of yesteryear. Having been propelled quickly into the digital world since the beginning of this century, taking beautiful, detailed photographs has now become as easy as the click of a button. While these digital model cameras and DSLRs are common and easy to acquire, it can be hard to fully appreciate every feature that these high-tech models have. Here, we take you through the most useful features of a digital camera that will help you to take great photos.

Resolution

Analog cameras transferred light onto film, which, when developed, would represent the scene that you were trying to capture.digital cameras the same thing, but rather than use film, they capture the light signal onto a sensor chip that digitizes the information.

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The result is a digital image that is made from pixels. The more detail that is captured, the better resolution. The modern digital camera is capable of capturing many megapixels of information – often over 50 megapixels. When compared to the old film-based camera models, the amount of detail contained in your photographs is off the charts.

Memory

Taking such detailed digital photographs requires some sort of storage, otherwise you’d be limited at taking just one picture at a time. Your digital camera will offer two methods of storage: internal and external. Internal storage comes in the form of onboard memory, a limited resource that will allow for a certain number of stored images depending on file size.

The best way to get the most out of your camera, however, is to add external storage, often in the form of an SD memory card. In this instance, you are only limited by the size of the memory card that you buy.

LCD screen

Gone are the days where you have to wait until you develop your film to see how your photograph turns out. When you use a digital camera, you can immediately get an idea for how well you have captured your target through use of the LCD screen. Upon taking the photo, your LCD screen will briefly show you the image as it saves it to your memory source.

Recording ability

You can use the navigation buttons to scroll through your stored images, zooming in and out as you please, with the ability to delete them if you don’t like them. The LCD screen will also allow you to preview your prospective image when you half-press the capture button so that you can check that your settings are sufficient for what you’re trying to capture.

Exposure control

While you may get the same exposure controls that traditional analog cameras have, such as shutter speed, aperture control and ISO options, your digital camera will also offer you the ability to switch between several preset exposure modes. An automatic mode will allow you to take quick pictures without having to make any manual adjustments, and will optimize the camera for the specific focus settings you’re using in the light you have available. The exposure presets range from automatic through to full manual control, with varying settings in between, giving you full control over the effects you desire.

Recording ability

One of the biggest departures from the camera models of old, your digital camera offers you the ability to record videos. The length of the videos you can take depends largely on your storage size and video quality. This additional feature extends your camera use far beyond that of photography, and you can capture a detailed, true-to-life recording of your scene without additional equipment. For the aspiring videographer, the recording ability of your camera is a must-have.

The evolution of the camera since the early days has seen many technological improvements over time, the most important of which being the ability to take photographs in a digital way. The modern digital camera allows you to take your skills far beyond just snapping a photograph, laying the foundation for post-processing and creating beautiful pieces of art. With a diverse set of a features and almost endless possibilities, your digital camera is an essential tool for the modern creative.