digital camera should I use?
Digital SLR Cameras - Using a DSLR
SLR cameras are built similar to a 35mm film format
cameras. The sensor or CCD chip replaces conventional film. The earliest
cameras of this design like the Nikon E3 were regarded as a professional
camera. They were large and heavy - in 1998 it cost around $35,000 and
at its highest image quality produced a 2.45 Mb file.
left, & Fuji Fine Pix S3Pro right
Today some SLRs have
full frame CCDs, produce files of 13mb or larger and have fast processing
times that allow a series of rapid exposures. So it important to understand
what age the camera was built in and what is capabilities are. At the
top end these cameras have high-resolution powers.
This style of camera certain offer more possibilities but also offers more of a challenge – sadly many photographers who get these versatile cameras never take them off Auto – they are too frightened to make a mistake - if you do get one, just work through the key functions one at a time and apply the info by taking photographs before you move onto the next step.
But it is not the
pixel-count alone that is responsible for the professional image results.
Unlike most digital cameras, the Olympus E-500 utilises a Full Frame Transfer
CCD sensor, a type specifically developed for the capture of still images.
In comparison to Interline Transfer counterparts found in the majority
of digital models, a larger pixel area, with bigger photodiodes, distinguishes
the FFT-CCD and transfer channels. This means more electrons can be captured.
A high signal/noise ratio can therefore be achieved together with a wider
dynamic range. Final images benefit from more exposure latitude, greater
detail and less noise.
Olympus EVOLT E-500
digital SLR camera
When making a transition from a compact with live view screen it can be helpful choosing a DSLR with live view.
Using a DSLR
File type and size
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