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Travel Tips - Digital cameras
Stand-alone digital cameras continue to revolutionize the way people take, manipulate, and display photographic images. Digital cameras are relatively expensive, but offer great flexibility during both photography and subsequent use of the images.
Cameras on phones are now being used by many travelers to record their travels, and the newest phone-based cameras are competitive with good point and shoot camera for most types of photography. Here, however, we will focus on stand-alone digital cameras
One shortcoming of some digital cameras is that they are slow to focus and somewhat difficult to use for catching “action pictures”. Conversely, new digital cameras have a short start-up action, as well as the ability to capture video for action sequences. Video however, can use the storage capacity of the memory card very quickly.
Fully featured digital cameras capable of taking large, high-resolution, pictures are relatively inexpensive. The most significant differentiators of digital cameras are lens quality and memory size of the imaging chip contained in the camera. Memory size is directly related to image size and resolution. In general, more pixels allow you to take pictures at higher resolution. Whether you will benefit from higher resolution pictures depends on how you want to display the images.
Most cameras have settings that allow you to create images of varying size and quality. Image size is directly related to the number of pixels contained in the camera’s imaging device (not in the memory card). Camera standards continue to evolve and most technology writers recommend that any new camera purchased should have at least a 20 megapixel capability.
In general, the largest photograph that you can create using a digital camera can be calculated by dividing the pixels in each image dimension by the resolution of your intended output.
For example, printing photo quality images requires an image with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch. In turn, a 20.2 megapixel camera has a resolution approximating 5184 x 3888 pixels which would produce a high quality printed copy at approximately at 15" x 12" size (at 300ppi).
Many owners of digital cameras display their pictures on computer screens and televisions where image quality is less demanding. Depending on the output devices, images produced at as low as 96 pixels per inch will look OK. The best approach to deciding the image size issue is to take your photos at a size that meets your most common need. Your best source of information about your camera's capabilities is the owner manual, which should be on the CD that contained the camera's software or available online.
Pictures taken with digital cameras are stored on a removable memory card that is housed inside the digital camera.
Memory card management
Memory cards are relatively inexpensive (particularly since they can be reused over and over). When taking a trip, be sure to take enough memory cards to capture the number of pictures that you think you might take. We suggest taking several 32GB or larger cards to record the images on your trip. If you plan to use higher resolutions, increase the number and storage capability of the cards you take.
Most digital cameras feature an option that allows you to create and name folders on the memory card. In essence, you can create new folders and label them descriptively for each new destination.
Unlike film-based photography with multiple rolls of film, all of your images from digital photography will be loaded on a small number of memory cards.
Before you leave on your trip
Be sure to use your camera before you leave on your vacation to make sure that you understand how to use its features to your advantage. Read the manual or pay the price. At the very least, take the manual with you or know where you can find it on the Internet so that you can access it from an Internet cafe.
Digital cameras run on electrical power supplied by a rechargeable battery. Most camera manufacturers provide the battery and charger as part of the camera package. Do yourself a favor and buy a second battery for the camera. When we vacation, we charge up both batteries before we leave for our days touring. We often burn though the charge in one battery and need the second to capture all those priceless moments.If you need to find information about Destinations or other Things Travelers Need To Know, try Googling ThereArePlaces.