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1. What Is It?A Tour of Your Digital Cam... > 1.2. Feature and Component Compariso...

Feature and Component Comparisons

Even the simplest digital camera has more features than you realize, some of which you may actually want to use. I’ll start this section with a tour of a typical compact camera, highlighting useful components on the front, back, sides, and inside.

More detailed discussions about image sensors and lenses follow, in the “Advanced Amateur Cameras” and “Professional Cameras” sections.

Anatomy of a Compact Camera

Form factor is a primary consideration when shopping for a compact camera. Is it small enough to accompany you during your daily life? You’ve wasted your money if your point-and-shoot is at home on the dresser when your child takes his first steps at grandma’s house. These devices are intended to fit in our purses, backpacks, briefcases, jacket pockets, and bike bags—make sure the camera you want fits in your typical carryall.


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