The Smallest Digital Camera

My grandfather is fond of all kinds of high-tech gadgets and gizmos.  Not only does he collect electronic equipment of all shapes and sizes, but he even has worked as an amateur inventor.  He has made several unsuccessful attempts to strike it rich, and has managed to make a tidy profit on his hobby over the years.  So when he presented me with what he proudly said was the world’s smallest digital camera, I was not all that surprised.

Naturally, I was impressed by this so-called smallest digital camera.  It certainly was a mini camera.  It was about 2 inches wide, half an inch deep, and had a viewfinder that was scarcely big enough to fit your eye to.  It may have been the smallest digital camera, but it was not the most practical.  When the miniaturization craze hit, it made some sense.  Things like computers, Walkmen, VCRs, and all other manner of electronic devices were much larger than was practical.  The first computers were simply huge.

But now that things have shrunk to a rather impressively small size, I fail to see the point of continuing to make them smaller.  People are always looking for the smallest digital camera, or the thinnest cell phone, failing to think about whether or not these are practical things to own. 

As soon as I started using the smallest digital camera, I realized how impractical it could be.  You see, having the smallest digital video camera has no real advantages, and many drawbacks.  It is hard to hold it steady, hard to see the pictures in the viewfinder, and hard to get just the shot that you want.  A miniature digital camera might look cute, and it might help indulge a fantasy if you fancy yourself to be an amateur spy, but it will be less entertaining if you fantasize about being a decent photographer.

Now don’t get me wrong.  Not all technology is geared toward projects like finding the smallest digital camera.  There are many people who are busy trying to make technology more usable, more practical, and more efficient.  But even still, I think the craze for gimmicks should have ended a long time ago.  It really seems to show a lack of imagination. 

There are much cooler things to own than the smallest digital camera.  Any serious photographer, or even any amateur photographer with half a mind, would rather have a moderately high resolution digital camera than the smallest one, no matter how high tech the latter is.  But try telling that to my grandpa!

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How To Choose The Right Camera Batteries

When it comes to camera batteries, I feel jinxed. I have a really nice digital camera, and I have to have special batteries for it.

They don’t recommend AA for it, and even if they did, that would never work. AA batteries always seem to die in about an hour in a digital camera anyway, so that would be a huge waste of money.

 My camera recommended two different types of batteries so I went with the first one that I could find. It was a good brand, and it seemed to be a common battery. I saw that this type was made by a variety of companies, so I thought they wouldn’t be that hard to find in the future.

My husband actually found the camera batteries that I needed. He found a rechargeable version that came with an adaptor so I could charge the battery in my car. The price was really good too, and I took it home and charged it over night.

The camera batteries worked great, and they charged in about two hours after the initial charge, and they lasted a lot longer than the AA ever would.

When it came time to go on vacation this year, I thought it might be a good idea to get some extra rechargeable camera batteries so I wasn’t left without a camera while waiting for a charge. I went back to the store where I bought the rechargeable and found that they didn’t have any more.

I didn’t get worried until I went into five different stores looking for my specific camera batteries and came home empty handed.

As it turned out, they had discontinued the camera batteries that I need. You can buy them in the disposable variety, but I wasn’t going to find another of this type that I can recharge. This means that I either spend a lot of money buying disposable camera batteries or I switch to the other type my camera will take.

I have to invest in a new charger all over again in order to have a spare rechargeable. Too top it all off, my daughter has hidden the charger I have for my current battery, so I can’t even use that now.

Wouldn’t you know I’ve seen a rainbow, my daughter colored herself with marker, and we had Thanksgiving dinner with family all within the last twenty-four hours. So much for saving the memories.

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Choosing The Right Camera Bags

Cameras play a major role in all of our lives. They allow us to capture precious moments and hold onto them forever. Without cameras joyous and special moments would slowly fade out of out memories and be lost forever.

So there is certainly reason to spend a fairly large amount of money on a camera that will effectively capture the ever-important moments. Equally important, though, is protecting the cameras that protect out memories.

It’s essential that we all purchase camera bags that will keep our cameras safe and allow us to bring the cameras with us wherever we go.

Not all special memories happen in our homes. In fact, it can be argued that most memories happen outside of the home. Everyone loves to take pictures at weddings, sporting events, baptisms, parades, concerts, relatives’ events, and many other occasions.

So it’s important that our cameras can be brought safely from home to the place where the pictures need to be taken. To keep the camera safe a protective camera bag should be bought. There are many camera bags on the market that will allow a camera to be transported safely and easily.

But cameras need to be protected while they aren’t in use too. That’s when a camera bag goes from being a travel device to a storage device. Luckily most camera bags have handles or straps so that the cameras can be hung while not in use. The cameras can be hung on a door knob or on a hook.

Some people like to hang their cameras beside the door with their coats so that they won’t forget the camera when they are going somewhere.

Camera bags come in many different shapes, colors, and styles. Whatever the size of the camera, there is sure to be a camera bag that will hold it properly. There are camera bags that you can hold in your hand or throw over your shoulder. There are bags that are backpacks and bags that our pouches that can be worn around your waist.

There are even camera bags that can be placed on a cart and wheeled around. No matter how big or small the camera may be there is definitely a camera bag that will hold it and protect it properly.

As the years unfold, memories are made that will be precious for the rest of our lives. One way to capture these memories and preserve them is by taking pictures. In order to protect the camera that helps preserve our memories, camera bags are needed.

No matter how large or small the camera, and no matter how expensive it may be, there is a camera bag that will hold it and protect it so that the camera will last for many years.

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Buying a Digital Camera Online

Are you keeping all those photo albums in order? You know that you’ll want to drag them all out down the road when your little one is all grown up. What am I talking about? I drag them out now and my daughter is only seven.

There’s just something about those wonderful moments that we can’t have back. Once we’ve experienced them, they’re gone. But at least we can glance back at those nostalgic pictures and remember what it was like. Now days this is even easier to do. Whether you wish to keep loads of photo albums on that book shelf in the spare room is completely up to you.

The fact is you can simply store them on a hard drive. Do you have a digital camera? Although buying a digital camera can be rather confusing if you don’t know what to look for, it is well worth the hopping online and finding out.

Are you buying a digital camera this very moment? Of course I’m referring to the World-Wide-Web. Cyberspace is ideal when it comes to shopping now days. It’s no hassle at all to pop open a search engine and sort through a few websites in order to find the best deals on any and all kinds of products.

 A few months back I was online buying a digital camera for my family. We all need these and there’s really no two ways about it. Well, I guess unless you’re more of the artsy photographer type, who has to take the retro route with a film camera. For all of you out there who still use these, I have to say I have no problem with it. However, if you’ve not yet given the new-age digital camera a shot, then you’re sadly missing out on some serious convenience.

It’s not just about downloading all of your pictures and having them stuck on a hard drive. You can easily purchase a printer and print out all of your own photographs at home. This way you can make as many copies as you want and you can avoid the local photo lab all together. The aspect I love so much about buying a digital camera is the instant gratification.

You don’t have to wait for any film to develop. You quickly plug your digital camera into your laptop and wa-la, you have instant pictures. This way you can send your family and friends pictures the same day you shot them. How cool is that to receive a photo 10 minutes after it was taken?

Well, if you are interested in conforming and buying a digital camera today, then get on the web and take a gander at your options.

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Selecting a Digital Camera

About a week before my son was born, I bought a digital camera. I wanted to create a baby book for him that would include not only his first year milestones, but also photos to capture his physical growth over his first year of life.

I wasn’t sure which camera would be best so I went to Best Buy and talked to a sales representative. He helped me sort through the features and select a digital camera that would be best for my project.

If you’re a technology freak, you’ve probably owned a digital camera for years. But for someone like me, making the switch from traditional photographs to a digital format involved a leap of faith. It’s not that I don’t appreciate technology, I just wondered how good the pictures would be from a digital camera when compared to my trusty 35mm.

 So I bought the camera, brought it home, and began snapping pictures.

One feature about a digital camera that I love is the ability to review the pictures before printing and saving them. You can take a series of photos and then choose the best one without worrying about wasting film.

But the most important feature, the one I was most worried about, was the quality, and I have to say that I was very impressed with my camera’s ability to turn out even better pictures than the ones taken with my 35mm.

Digital cameras have come a long way over the last few years, and now you can buy one with so many features that, if you’re an amateur photographer like me, you’d never even use. That’s why it’s important to talk to a salesperson when you’re buying a digital camera for the first time, so that you can decide what features you need and which features you can surely live without.

Since I would be mainly taking pictures of my family, I didn’t need a digital camera with a tremendous zoom feature. But because I would be taking photographs most every day for a year, I did need a digital camera with a good battery. These were just a couple of the features I talked about with the salesperson at Best Buy and he was able to direct me away from the high-end professional cameras to the more reasonable ones without all the special features.

I ended up spending extra money to get a digital camera with a good battery, but it was worth it because I hardly ever ran out of juice during an important event.

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