The digital camera is now the accepted norm for most amateur and professional photographers. It is now the most commonly sold type of camera in the world. Digital cameras are also incorporated into many cell phones and some of the most recent have excellent picture quality.
However, they do not have the range of features and functions which is possible with a camera such as the Nikon DSLR.
As early as 1975 an engineer at Eastman Kodak came up with the first electronic camera using a charge coupled device image sensor. This was the predecessor to the modern digital camera which replaced the coupled device with a digitalized version of the image.
However, it was only in the middle of the 1990’s that the technology had moved on sufficiently enough to allow the digital camera to be made available on the high street.
Technology continues to advance and there are now several types of digital camera available on the market. The most popular two are the following:
Compact Digital Camera
These cameras are also known as point and shoot, they have a limited range of functions but are small, easy to cany and are the usual option when adding a camera to a phone, PDA or even a tablet. They are capable of a high pixel rating although this does not always equate to the best quality pictures.
This type of camera generally has an automatic focus and a digital zoom as well as a scene mode; they are exceptionally easy to use. You can choose the best camera for food photography in easy with our guide.
Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera (DSLR)
This type of camera is more complicated than a compact camera and is much larger. It is not a pocket camera! There are a range of prices from the affordable Nikon D3300 right through to the top end spec cameras costing thousands of dollars.
The DSLR camera have an automatic mode but they also have a fully manual mode, allowing you to adjust everything from white light, to exposure time or even the aperture priority.
The lens on a DSLR camera are much better quality than those on the point and shoot cameras meaning that even if you have the same pixel rating, the DSLR will provide a better picture quality.
The DSLR cameras also have removable lenses. This means you can choose to shoot in wide angle mode, panoramic or even a fixed zoom; depending upon what is best for the situation you find yourself in.
Of course, you will need to buy each of these different lenses as your camera will only come with the standard one.
A DSLR camera will also have a larger image sensor which will bring more information into the picture and help to provide a better quality’ picture.
There are other types of cameras although these are the main two used by most people. The
bridge compact digital camera is a step up from the basic cameras but not as good as the DSLR. It is more affordable and an excellent way for someone to move up the range of available cameras, improving their camera skills whilst gradually improving their camera.
It is also worth mentioning the compact system camera which is very similar to the DSLR in capabilities but, with its lens removed, is a similar size to a standard compact camera. This is mainly because there is no optical viewfinder to help you take or examine your photos.
This book focuses on the Nikon DSLR, the features you will find on it and how to use them as well as tips on how to take beautiful pictures every time.
Features of a Nikon DSLR
Nikon do a range of DSLR cameras; the entry range can be purchased for between four hundred and seven hundred dollars. A mid range DSLR camera will cost you between one and two thousand dollars whilst the top end professional cameras can be as much as seven thousand dollars.
It is recommended that anyone new to the DSLR camera scene starts with an entry level camera. There is always room to upgrade and even trade in when you are either ready to or need to.
The entry level DSLR cameras from Nikon come with an excellent range of features; these include:
The High performance DX format CMOS image sensor
Tins image sensor is approximately twenty times larger and better quality7 than the CMOS sensor in most smart phones.
It is this which is responsible for the quality of the picture you can take with a DSLR camera; even when the number of pixels in the picture is the same as your average smart phone.
Coupled with Nikons EXPEED processing system and a variety of different lenses, you can be certain to get the picture you desire. Every photo or video can be seen in a rich array of vibrant colors.
The camera can emphasize the rich colors and the detail in the picture, or it can softly blur the background. It will provide a good picture, even in low level light. You will even be able to enlarge or crop your photo without losing any of the quality.
The latest advancement in technology has been brought to the Nikon entry level DSLR camera. You can now wirelessly connect to your smart phone and send your picture instantly to your phone.
Alternatively, you can use the screen on your phone or tablet to see the picture you are about to take and actually take the shot. It is the perfect way to ensure you are part of a group photo and you get the right shot straight away! It is necessary to download an app to your phone or tablet to enable this feature.
It can be very annoying when you are in the middle of filming and you see something which will make the perfect photo. The Nikon DSLR has thought about this and introduced the photo option. When filming, you can take a picture by simply pressing the shutter button. Your video will not be interrupted!
The entry level Nikon gets a variety of fun image effects built into it. You can choose to take photos in black and white, antiquate a scene or even highlight just one color in a black and white picture. Alternatively you can ensure your picture.