Digital Cameras Features (II)Hide

Built-In Flash
Most types of digital cameras normally come with a built in flash. They usually have a limited range and can also drain the power of your batteries more quickly.

This feature is more advanced that built-in flash because that flash only comes on when the camera's light sensor determines that additional light is needed. If you have a bright enough environment the flash won't fire.

Auxiliary Flash
This type of flash is more commonly found on all prosumer and professional digital cameras, as well as high-end consumer models. A port in the camera lets you attach an external flash. This enables you to control the direction of the flash and can also illuminate to a farther distance.

Fill Flash
This feature is great for shooting photos of people outdoors. Keeping this function on, allows the fill flash to add enough light to balance the exposure. This is a great feature for when the subject is in darker light than the background. Your pictures are guaranteed to come out better.

Red-Eye Reduction
This is a quick preflash that happens before the actual flash before you take a picture. This is used to reduce the red eye that sometimes occurs when a subject looks directly at the camera.

Thumbnail Playback
When you wish to view the picture you have just taken all you need to do is look on your LCD viewfinder. This which show you what we call a thumbnail which is a small version of the actual size of the image. On some digital cameras, you have the option of viewing a series of thumbnails simultaneously meaning that you can quickly scroll through them by pressing four-way arrows.

Direct Connection
Connecting your camera directly to your computer is the most common method for downloading images. Most of the digital cameras today attach to a computer either through a USB cable, a serial connection or a card reader. Some use the USB Mass Storage classification which translates into the camera being recognized as a disk drive when it is attached to the computer. Using this feature, you can drag and drop images directly from your cameras to your hard drive without software or drivers.

Card Reader
You can use this small external drive that is attached to your computer via USB, to insert your camera's memory card. This device will read your files and the computer will then recognize it as a hard drive. You can easily open and view your images while saving your camera's battery life.