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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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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 ...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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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...

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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 ...

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...

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,...

How to Use Fill Flash

Lighting a dark place is the primary and most obvious use for a camera flash, but it is certainly not the only one. Fill flash is a quick and easy tool to drastically improve backlit or harsh lighting conditions. It's a boon for outdoor portraits,...

The Nikon S710 and Samsung SL310W: Head to Head Camera Review

The Nikon S710 and Samsung SL310W are both slim, stylish ultracompact cameras that boast tremendous megapixel counts. The SL310W offers a 13.6 megapixel sensor, while the S710 swings for the fences with a 14.5 megapixel sensor (just short of the 1...

Kodak EasyShare V705 and V610 Review: We Don't Like What We See

Recently, we had an opportunity to get our hands on two of Kodak's most stylish and interesting cameras, the EasyShare V705 and the EasyShare V610. These cameras are sleek, compact, and both have a rather stunning dual-lens configuration that real...

Summer Vacation Cameras

With the warm weather approaching, it's time to start planning those exciting trips and vacations you've been fantasizing about all winter. Maybe you'll be lounging on a far-away Caribbean beach or just going for a day-trip to the coast, hiking th...

Hands-On Preview: Panasonic G5, FZ200, and LX7

             Panasonichas unveiled six new cameras set for release sometime this fall: the newmirrorless G5, the enthusiast compact LX7, wireless SZ5, and finally superzoomsFZ200, FZ60, and LZ20. Panasonic is clearly gunning to win over the high-e...

The Worst Digital Cameras Ever

By Michael Patrick Brady,Editor, Digital Camera HQ.One of the perks of being the editor of a website like Digital Camera HQ is getting to read all the reviews submitted by our readers. Sometimes, they're pleasing, when it's clear that a person has...

What to Expect This Fall: Digital Camera Trends

In the coming weeks, we expect to see a fresh onslaught of new cameras from Canon, Nikon, and all the other big name manufacturers. These new cameras will be the top-of-the-line, with all sorts of nifty new features that will potentially make you ...

Digital Cameras for Travel

Light and PortableSo small, so easy, the Canon Powershot A460 is perfect for travelers who don't want to worry about lugging around a big camera. It'll slide into a pocket or backpack and be ready to snap away when you need. It takes AA batteries,...

Online Retailers versus "Bricks and Mortar" Storefronts

There has never been a better time to buy a digital camera online. Reliable retailers, low prices, a great selection, and thousands of online owner reviews make it easier than ever to research, compare, and buy digital cameras with complete confid...