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Written by Icrontic   
Tuesday, 22 July 2008

I'm going to start by saying this: this is a fantastic time to be a photographer, particularly in the digital realm. Prices are plummeting, choices are skyrocketing, accessories are multiplying, sensors are growing, details are sharpening, knowledge is spreading, and it's all happening at a breakneck pace that can make keeping up with things a little difficult at times. Whether you want to go small with a pocket point and shooter, mid-range with a so-called "prosumer" P&S, entry-level DSLR (digital single lens reflex), or full-fledged full-frame monstrosities, you've got choices heaped upon options all vying to take your money.

While this isn't intended to be a buyers' guide of any kind, I will be explaining in a little detail the various options and settings you might see on a wide variety of these cameras and how to use them. From there, you can decide both whether these options are important to you and at what ranges you'd consider acceptable. Hopefully, armed with this information, you can then make a more informed purchase for yourself.

Given the wide range of camera types I mentioned above, I'm going to try to keep this discussion on a broader level in order to cater to as wide a reader base as possible, but I'll give some specific examples as references from my current camera of choice, the Canon 30D. That said, shall we dive in? Icrontic


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