Cheaper: One of the great advantages of digital cameras is that you don’t need film anymore. All you need is a memory card and you are ready to shoot. A film is limited to a maximum of 36 photos. With the new generation of memory cards for digital cameras you can easily store a thousand photos without getting out of memory. Printing digital photos is cheaper, because there is no film to develop. No chemicals needed! Easy: 99% of the digital cameras will be used for hobby photography or vacation photos. The non professional and semi professional digital cameras have many built in automatic features, such as:
- Auto exposure
- Auto focus
- Built in automatic flash light
- Built in LCD monitor
- Easily get rid of ‘blurry’ or photos taken in ‘poor’ lighting conditions.
- Colour photos can easily be converted to ‘Black and White’ or ‘Sepia’.
Fast: You can see the results immediately. Only seconds after you take a photo you can see the photos on the built-in LCD monitor. After they have been taken it is easy to send or share the photos:
- Edit pictures on your computer
- Send photos to friends and family by email
- Create online photo albums
- Send photos for print to the lab via internet
This can all be done in a matter of minutes. Flexible: Digital photos can easily be edited and converted on your personal computer. Photos taken in poor lighting conditions or night shots can easily be improved with software. You can also alter the colours, the brightness and the contrast of your photos. Once you are satisfied with the results, you can either put the photos on a CD to watch them on your computer screen or a TV with the help of a DVD player. Or, you can send them to a photolab to have the photos printed on quality photo paper. When you send your photos to the lab, you can determine the size that you want with one click of your computer mouse. Nowadays photo prints are very cheap and of high quality. Disadvantages There may be one major disadvantage though. And you’ll notice this most when capturing subjects in motion. Example: people performing a sports activity. Digital cameras need more time to put a photo on the memory card. Especially if you want to store your photos in .RAW or .TIFF format. These files are huge and need more time to be put on the memory card. Of course, this is something that the cheaper digital cameras suffer from. The more expensive digital photo cameras, such as SLR type cameras, have been improved tremendously and are much quicker, but they cost much more. However, there is one criterium that will determine the time needed to put a photo on the memory card and that is: RESOLUTION. That is why I will always tell people not to buy ‘megapixels’. The higher the resolution of a digital camera, the more time it will need to put photos on the memory card. Other features are more important….