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1. What Is It?A Tour of Your Digital Camera

Chapter 1. What Is It?A Tour of Your Digital Camera

Camera makers have packed amazing capability into today’s digital picture takers. The camera that you have in your hands, or the one that you’re considering buying, probably has more ability than you realize. The trick is, how do you discover that hidden potential?

The first steps are to become familiar with your camera’s components, and then to learn exactly what they do. This chapter helps you do just that. It explains the important components and features that will set you on the path to mastering your digital camera.

If you’re just getting started with digital photography, this information can also help you pick the right model. I like to divide digital cameras into four broad categories: compact, advanced amateur, professional, and hybrid. As you progress through the first three categories, you’ll find that the tools become more sophisticated. The fourth category, hybrid, is an example of how digital imaging is converging with other technologies. These devices can be quite useful, but they won’t usually serve as your primary camera.


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