The advantages of digital photography

The advantages of digital photography

For beginners, choosing a digital camera is very essential. This is why it is very important to first weigh the advantages and disadvantages of using a digital camera compared to the traditional or film camera. If you have been using or shooting with a film camera, here are some of the differences you will have to adjust to once you shift with digital cameras.

– The battery. In film cameras, disposable cell batteries are usually used, which are single-use batteries that usually adhere to standard conventions and sizes and made up of lithium, alkaline, or oxy-alkaline. In using disposables, lithium is advisable because its lasts longer and can make the cameras speedier and faster. In digital cameras, compact lithium batteries are usually used. Digital cameras today one or more of a variety of battery types that may include disposable and rechargeable that usually require frequent replacement or recharging. Battery types in most digital cameras include model-specific, universal rechargeable and also disposable. The model-specific batteries are usually designed for a particular model or product line. This battery’s chemistry includes lithium-ion or nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) that tends to last the longest.

– The storage options. This is considered as the “biggest advantage” a digital camera has over film. With so many storage options such as Compact Flash Types I, II, Floppy disk, Hitachi Micro drive, Mini CD-R/RW, SD/MMC, Smart Media, Memory Stick/Select, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro and xD-Picture Card that can be used and reused over and over again. Digital storage options use fixed, light-sensitive, silicon chip that comes in CCD or CMOS, which determines the frame size and the light sensitivity of the camera you have.

– The camera design. Many digital cameras have LCDs that can be flipped out or twisted to help you frame difficult shots. In film cameras, optical viewfinders that show up 100 percent of the scene are used while digital cameras use optical viewfinders with an LCD that usually display 100 percent of the scene.

– The means of transferring the files. In film cameras, film should be developed in order to see the scenes taken. Once film is developed, photos or negatives can be displayed on a monitor or a TV after it has been scanned. In digital cameras, you can easily play back images on the LCD itself and can easily be displayed in any computer monitor. Digital cameras also allow you to connect to a TV for group viewing or can enable you to upload photos to an online photo-album site available for sharing and viewing.

– The printing options. In film cameras, you need to bring the film to a developing center or to a photofinisher so you can get the shots developed. In digital cameras, you can easily download the image files straight to your computer and you can print at home if you have a compatible printer.

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