SD vs. SDHC: Memory Card Formats Explained

The Secure Digital memory card has been a major innovation in data storage, its small size and wide adoption allowing for more compact cameras and greater interoperability between devices like cameras, camcorders, and computers. Recently, however,...

CES 2013: Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras

Digital imaging manufacturers came together last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, for one of the largest tradeshows in the world: the 2013 CES. As always, there were plenty of news stories from the floor and many announcements from just about every com...

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How We Test Digital Cameras

Sure, we could use some fancy software to spit out all kinds of data about the cameras we test—but a bunch of numbers don't always mean so much when it comes to actually using the camera. When we test out a new camera, we put it through ...

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A Beginner's Guide To RAW Photography

Back before digital cameras, photographers weren't finished after just taking the photo. The image was developed, fine tuned and perfected in the dark room, and each photographer did their developing a little differently, depending on the resu...

CES 2014: Interchangeable lens cameras continue to shrink in size while beefing up on features

The annual Consumer Electronics Showcase is usually a pretty good indication of what to expect in camera releases for the new year. So what's headed our way for interchangeable lens cameras in 2014? Manufacturers are continuing the trend of shrin...

Buyer's Guide: Digital Cameras For Kids

Mostchildren mimic their parents’ habits and interests beginning astoddlers, so if you take pictures frequently, you can expect they’ll beinterested in your camera. It’s likely that you don’t want your kid’sfingerprints on the lens or your camera ...

Quick Tip: How to Photograph Falling Snow

Snowfall adds an excellent visual element to winter images. Photo by Hillary K. Grigonis with the Olympus Stylus 1 and edited in Photoshop.The best photographs tell a story and sometimes snow is a big part of that story. So why aren't all the danc...

Tutorial: A Guide to Focus Stacking

Focus stacking is a technique used to increase the shallow depth-of-field effect (sharp foreground, soft background) in a photograph. At normal shooting distances and magnifications, a shallow depth of field can be achieved by simply taking the le...

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Beyond the Kit: A Beginner’s Guide To Buying Camera Lenses

Own a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera but haven't yet bought any, well, lenses? While kit lenses can be a good and affordable way to get started, they also often limit the camera's performance. Kit lenses are often slow and ...

Best Consumer Camera Poll FAQ

What's the point?We're looking for a camera to sit atopour featured products list for the next several months. It's themost-clicked spot on the site, so we want to make sure we're choosing aworthy product. Thanks for helping us!What do you mean by...

So Many Photographs

With the advent of the digital camera, the mighty tide of homemade photographs is growing to alarming or at least eye-wearying proportions. Flickr alone sops up 5.5 billion such images a year, if one extrapolates from the site’s claim of 4,425 upl...

What Is Full-Frame Anyway?

What Is A Full-Frame Camera Anyway?When a camera is a full-frame model,that means its imaging sensor is precisely the same size as a 35mmfilm negative (36 x 24mm). Compared to the APS-C sized sensors foundin most dSLRs (varied in size, but general...

How to White Balance Your Camera

There’s an easy way to get rid of that yellowish tint that haunts mostof your indoor shots. It’s what camera manufacturers call white balance.Most digital cameras, even cheap, compact ones, have manual white balance thatcan help you achieve perfec...

Using Manual Modes on Your Digital Camera

Have you seen those superb pictures of silky-smooth waterfalls and wished you could replicate them? Does your kid play a mean game of soccer but you can only manage to capture him or her as a blur? Automatic scene modes work pretty well for a majo...

Digital Camera Memory Cards

Before you read on: This guide is several years old, please read our new version, updated August 2010!The digital equivalent of film, removable memory cards, are what digital cameras use to store the images they have taken. The size of commonly-us...

Batteries: Choosing the Camera with the Right Kind of Power

We've all been there--the camera is set, that perfect moment finally hits, you press the shutter release and…your batteries die. Batteries are often overlooked when researching a new digital camera and simply categorized as chargeable or disposabl...

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What Is An Anti-Aliasing Filter?

If you've followed the ads for the latest cameras, you've probably heard the term “anti-aliasing” or “optical low pass” filter tossed around. So what is an anti-aliasing filter and why do many recent cameras seem to...

The Worst Cameras of 2009

Few things evoke the fury of the human spirit like shoddy electronics. Every week at Digital Camera HQ, we hear from a slew of angry consumers who are livid at their camera's awful performance and the miserable customer service that often accompan...

A Salesman's Patience: It Isn't The Camera That Makes You Look Big, Ma'am

I've worked as a retail salesperson for years (in addition to freelance writing), and I can tell you that camera sales can be tough work. By understanding what a camera salesperson goes through on a daily basis, my hope is that you can learn to re...

Camera Etiquette: The Dos and Don'ts Of Digital Photography

DO respect the signage. If a sign says, “No Photography,” then put your camera away. If a sign says, “No Flash Photography,” then turn off the flash! It's pretty straightforward, and those signs are there for a reason. If you want a photo of that ...

Digital Camera HQ Buyer's Guides 2010

Buyer's Guide to Digital Photo FramesDec 16, 2010Need a last-minute gift? Go with a digital photo frame. A digital frame the rarest of gifts: A sentimental gadget. You can load it up with pictures of you and your friends and family. And since the ...

Stock Photo Agencies: Make Money From Your Photos

Want to make money off those vacation photos? Put your photos up in a stock agency, where images are showcased and sold to web sites, magazines, and other publications. As long as you don’t mind your vacation photos appearing in advertisements for...

CES 2013: Mirrorless Digital Cameras

The mirrorless camera category is continuing to grow. They are a great balance between quality and size, offering large sensors and thus excellent images while not being nearly as large or heavy as traditional SLRs (or single-lens reflex) models, ...

Nikon D700: Why I Went Full-Frame & Why You Don't Need To

A few weeks ago, I acquired a secondhand Nikon D700. This was my first step outside the somewhat insular world of Pentax dSLRs, and it felt like a momentous change for me. For a long time I’d felt like an outsider looking in on the “pro” tools res...

Digital Photo Frame Shopping Guide

A digital frame the rarest of gifts, a sentimental gadget. You can load it up with pictures of you and your friends and family. And since the frames haven't been flying off the shelves this year, they're available at substantial discounts.Here are...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Casio Debuts Shapeshifting TRYX Hybrid Cam

Casio went all in at CES with the TRYX, a camera/camcorder hybrid with a unique rotating frame and LCD design. They're serious about this one: The Las Vegas Convention Center monorail station was covered in a TRYX poster, and the booth demos echoe...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Fujifilm Teases X100 Advanced Compact (We Go Hands-on), Shows Latest EXR Lineup of Compact Zooms and Superzoom

In terms of sheer numbers, Fujifilm had the biggest showing at CES 2011. They unveiled 16 brand-new FinePix cameras, and teased the crowd with some X100 prototypes. The X100 is a serious piece of equipment, packing an APS-C CMOS sensor (that's the...

Build A Photo Studio For Free

Whether you’re showcasing your Etsy handicrafts, snapping portraits of the relatives, or cashing in on the stock-photo market, using a make-shift photo studio can improve your pictures. Several retailers sell home studio kits complete with backdro...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Samsung Unveils NX11 Mirrorless Update, Handful of Compact Zooms and DualViews

While the biggest camera companies debuted only point-and-shoots or no cameras at all during CES 2011, a few smaller players, including Samsung, broke out some bigger firepower at the Las Vegas Convention Center last weekend. Sammy's headliner was...

Canon SD4500 Vs. Nikon S8100: CMOS Travel-Zoom Showdown

If you want a compact camera with a long zoom and decent low-light performance, the Canon SD4500 and Nikon S8100 are two of the most popular options at the moment. We do have full reviews of both models, which we encourage you to read, but the hea...