Digital Cameras A to Z
Floyd L. Nordin, Instructor
What type of camera user am I or what type will I become?
Point & Shoot Simple pictures of places and people.
Same as above but want to learn more about picture taking
and camera controls.
Am quite interested in photography and will be doing some
Will take pictures of fast moving events, close-ups, low
Earn my living taking pictures.
What will I be doing with my camera?
1. Preserve family memories, events, history.
2. Use camera at genealogy library (close ups of documents, etc.).
3. Photos of my hobby, job, life, etc.
4. Photos at the zoo (telephoto lens with tripod).
5. Photos of sporting events (fast shutter speeds).
1. Megapixels (Resolution): Should get 3 megapixels or greater. 2 mg =
4x6, 3 mp = 5x7 to 8x10, 4 mp = 8x10, 5 mp = 11x14.
2. Features: Auto Exposure and Auto Focus
Manual controls (Aperature or shutter priority, etc.)
“Scenes” exposure selection: (Close-up, bright backlit,
Landscape, Portrait, Action, Night, etc.)
3. AA or proprietary batteries.
4. Built-in flash with several modes of operation: (Red-Eye, Flash always,
Flash when needed, Don’t flash).
5. Lens quality, highest aperature opening (F2.8).
6. Optical zoom (3x or better).
7. Macro Focusing (down to 4 inches or less).
8. Playback to display screen (with delete and zoom controls).
9. Best Brands: Consumer Reports: Kodak, Nikon, Olympus, Sony.
Industry Raters: Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony.
What options should I buy?
1. Extra battery(s).
2. Larger memory cards:
A. 2 mp > 64 mb (about 70 pictures)
3 mp > 128 mb (about 100 pictures)
4 mp > 192 mb (about 95 pictures)
5 mp > 256 mb (about 100 pictures)
6 mp > 256 mb (about 80 pictures).
B. Speed of Memory Cards: serious = 4x, advanced = 12x, Pro = 16x
C. Types of Memory Cards: CF = Comp