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The total number of pixels your camera can use to make up an image. The higher the pixel count the better the resolution (detail) of the photo. Higher megapixels are handy if you like to zoom in or enlarge your images. Remember, more memory is required to hold higher megapixel images.
This is the sensor that detects the amount of light coming through the lens and turns it into a picture. CMOS sensors are used in high end cameras and have a faster response time.
Uses the lens to focus without sacrificing resolution. Often expressed as a multiple of the standard lens setting. E.g. 4x zoom can shoot an object four times as far away as the standard lens setting.
Is where an area of the image is enlarged. It is best avoided as it lowers the resolution and results in fuzzy, blocky images.
Also known as ‘Anti-Shake’, image stabilisation compensates for hand-shake, to a degree by using digital filters or motors and gyros in the camera or lens. You can help to steady your shot by resting the camera on something solid to improve your shot.
This determines how sensitive the sensor is to light, and should be selected based on the available light. For example a higher ISO is needed at night when it is dark, compared to a bright sunny day where you would use a lower ISO.
This feature makes the flash go of twice. The first flash causes the subjects pupils to contract which reduces the ‘red-eye’ effect significantly when the photo is taken on the second flash. Red eye occurs when the cameras flash bounces of the subjects’ retina (this normally happens in low light where the pupil is dilated).
Great for sports shots, it allows you to take several photos in quick succession.
Allows you to preview and review your images. The size can vary greatly and many models now have touch screens, so choose one that suits you and is easy to view.
Base model cameras use AA batteries which can be handy but tend to drain quickly. Better cameras use a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) rechargeable battery.
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