Making Sense of Camera Sensors

While the most commonly advertised number when it comes to selling a digital camera is megapixels, image quality is not just about the number of pixels. The Nikon point and shoot Coolpix S6500, for example has 16 megapixels, but their popular entr...

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How To Photograph Children: A Simple Mom's Guide To Basic Lighting and Composition

Image by Hillary K. GrigonisAt first, taking pictures of your kids seemed so easy. Just point the camera at them and press the button, right? So why is Little Mister's face so shadowy that he resembles his favorite cartoon villain? And why whe...

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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...

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SD Card Class: Buying a Memory Card is About More Than Just Gigabytes

A Class 4 Memory Card offers a recording speedthat is best for smaller cameras.If you're like many people, when you pick out a memory card for your digital camera, you browse through the section to find the most gigabytes for the lowest price....

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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...

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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 ...

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Why You Should Use the “Wrong” White Balance

Photography comes from Greek words that mean writing with light—but exactly what type of light you are writing with will change the color of the image. That's where white balance comes in.At the most basic level, white balance is used to...

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14 Ways To Improve Your Photography in 2014

With billions of images uploaded to the web every day, more people are taking pictures than ever before. But with more pictures, it's harder to stand-out. Set your images apart from the cell phone selfies clogging up your news feed and resolve...

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Which Camera Is Best? The Top Three Things You Need To Know in a Simple Camera Buying Guide

While advances in technology have allowed for some excellent cameras, it has also made camera buying stressful and rather complicated. Which camera is best? Which camera offers more bang for the buck? While there's a lot of different factors t...

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Top Camera Deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday

The Christmas sales have officially begun—and there are some enticing deals out there on digital cameras. We've scoured the ads for some of the top deals this year on our top-ranked models—here are some of the best Black Friday and...

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Camera Trends: Why Buy Wi-Fi?

Wi-fi is becoming a staple for new digital cameras. But is wi-fi a useless ad-on that simply adds to the cost of a camera without adding quality? Well, that depends on who you ask.If you...Love taking pictures with your smartphone to instantly sha...

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Getting Acquainted: Focus Modes and Areas

Selecting the right autofocus mode can help ensure photos are sharp and in focus.Browsing through the camera menu, it's easy to overlook the AF-S and AF-C options as some sort of confusing alphabet soup, but it's much harder to ignore that...

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Troubleshooting: Fixing Common Digital Camera Errors

Sometimes, digital cameras can be repaired with a thorough cleaning or a new battery and SD card.Nothing is more frustrating in photography than missing the perfect shot because the camera that worked perfectly yesterday suddenly malfunctions. May...

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Getting Acquainted: Using Manual Modes

Achieving great results with manual modes is about understanding shutter speed and aperature. The exposure value meter and aperature illustration on the camera's LCD screen helps take out the guesswork.A camera's auto and scene settings of...

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Getting Acquainted: Auto and Scene Modes (And When to Use Them)

Scene modes still allow the camera to automatically choose the best settings, but allow the user to indicate what settings are more important.Most of the time, a good digital camera is pretty adept at sensing the lighting conditions and selecting ...

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Arena Battle: Mirrorless vs. Advanced Compact

Compact cameras have long been the traveling enthusiast’s lightweight companion. They typically use larger 1/1.7” sensors that, while nowhere close to a DSLR’s 4/3 or APS-C sized sensor, offer better image quality than ultra-comp...

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Wedding Photography Tips

With summer in full swing, one of the most common reasons to break out the old camera (or buy a new one) is for wedding season.Taking pictures at a wedding isn't exactly like taking snapshots down at the beach or out on the town with friends, ...

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2013 Holiday Shopping Guide

Here are a few of the best cameras arranged by interest or experience level. Don't see one for the person you are shopping for? Leave us a message below, we're happy to help.Best Digital Cameras for BeginnersFor those just starting out in ...

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Getting Acquainted: Getting Started With a New Camera

So you read the reviews and bought a new digital camera. Maybe yesterday, maybe a year ago, but you haven't yet really changed any of the settings or explored exactly what your new shooter can do. Maybe you just don't understand what every...

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The Average User's Guide To Camera Shopping

The massive leaps and bounds in digital camera technology over the last 5 years have finally resulted in decent and high quality merchandise that is readily available to even an entry level user. Though the phrase “you get what you pay for&r...

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Taking the Challenge Out of Taking the Group Photo

Taking a group photo can be challenging, but the result is a shot that showsthegroup dynamics -- quirkiness and all.Taking a family photo—it seemed so simple, just yell out “say cheese” and then snap—but then you realized A...

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Vote For The Best Consumer Camera of 2010, Win A Camera From B&H Photo!

At Digital Camera HQ, we already try to make it as easy as possible for you to buy a great camera. With your vote, we can make it even easier. We've pre-selected 10 new point-and-shoot cameras for consideration as the Best Consumer Camera of 2...

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CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Olympus Unveils PEN E-PL2, PEN-Like XZ-1 Advanced Compact

Several smaller digicam players debuted mirrorless or advanced compacts at CES 2011. (Trying to catch some of the spotlight while Canon and Nikon laid low, perhaps?) Fujifilm teased a prototype of the X100 and Samsung showed off the NX11. But Olym...

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CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Kodak Debuts Simplified EasyShare Lineup

Kodak cameras are simple to use. They turn on, they shoot pictures, and with one press of a button, they upload those pictures to Facebook, Flickr, the Kodak Gallery, or whichever sharing site you prefer. It's their greatest strength.So with t...

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CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Canon Debuts Top-Notch Entry-Level A3300 IS, Viewfinder-Equipped A1200

Canon had a low-key CES for new camera announcements, only debuting four A-series entry-level point-and-shoots. It may not have been as glamorous as some of the high-profile showings from Olympus or Samsung, but we'll bet that more folks end u...

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The Worst Cameras of 2010

We’re back, once again, with our annual Worst Cameras of the Year awards. Throughout the year, we hear from hundreds if not thousands of frustrated camera buyers, disappointed by their new shooter. Whether it’s poor performance, shoddy...

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Why Shop Online for Cameras? It's Cheaper!

While big box stores like Circuit City, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart have hundreds of locations, million dollar ad campaigns, and big corporate backing, they simply cannot compete with the Internet when it comes to finding the absolute best price...

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The Best Consumer Camera of 2010

The purpose of our Best Consumer Camera of 2010 poll, as we stated on the voting FAQ page, was to find the camera that would appeal to the most Digital Camera HQ readers, the compact point-and-shoot with the best combination of performance, featur...

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Don't Buy The Kodak EasyShare C813

In these tough economic times, consumers are searching for bargains wherever they can get them, but separating the good deals from the bad is not always easy. Digital Camera HQ would like to take this opportunity to point out an incredibly bad dea...