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Chapter 2. Inside a Digital Camera > Choose Your Weapons

Choose Your Weapons

Narrowing down your choices to a specific camera category is only half the job. Because features can vary widely even within a category, you’ll still need to decide which capabilities are “must haves” and which are “nice to haves if they don’t cost an arm and a leg.” This section will outline your chief options among lens requirements, resolution, storage options, exposure controls, and viewfinders.

Understanding Lens Requirements

The lens is the eye of your camera. It captures and focuses the light from your scene onto your sensor. Your digital camera’s lens affects the quality of your images as well as the kinds of pictures you can take. What really counts is the quality of the lens, the amount of light it can transmit, its focusing range (how close you can be to your subject), and the amount of magnification (or zooming) that the lens provides. Here are some of the things you should consider.


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