What Digital Camera Terms Should I Know

It helps when learning to​ use your new digital camera to​ also know what some of​ the​ more common terms mean. Below you will find many of​ these common terms defined.

Automatic Mode — a​ setting that sets the​ focus, exposure and​ white-balance automatically.

Burst Mode or​ Continuous Capture Mode — a​ series of​ pictures taken one after another at​ quickly timed intervals with one press of​ the​ shutter button.

Compression — the​ process of​ compacting digital data, images and​ text by deleting selected information.

Digital Zoom — Cropping and​ magnifying the​ center part of​ an​ image.
JPEG — the​ predominant format used for​ image compression in​ digital cameras
Lag Time — the​ pause between the​ time the​ shutter button is​ pressed and​ when the​ camera actually captures the​ image

LCD — (Liquid-Crystal Display) is​ a​ small screen on a​ digital camera for​ viewing images.

Lens — a​ circular and​ transparent glass or​ plastic piece that has the​ function of​ collecting light and​ focusing it​ on the​ sensor to​ capture the​ image.

Megabyte — (MB) Measures 1024 Kilobytes, and​ refers to​ the​ amount of​ information in​ a​ file, or​ how much information can be contained on a​ Memory Card, Hard Drive or​ Disk.

Pixels — Tiny units of​ color that make up digital pictures. Pixels also measure digital resolution. One million pixels
adds up to​ one mega-pixel.

RGB — Refers to​ Red, Green, Blue colors used on computers to​ create all other colors.

Resolution — Camera resolution describes the​ number of​ pixels used to​ create the​ image, which determines the​ amount of​ detail a​ camera can capture. the​ more pixels a​ camera has, the​ more detail it​ can register and​ the​ larger the​ picture can be printed.

Storage Card — the​ removable storage device which holds images taken with the​ camera, comparable to​ film, but much smaller. Also called a​ digital camera memory card.

Viewfinder — the​ optical "window" to​ look through to​ compose the​ scene.
White Balance — White balancing adjusts the​ camera to​ compensate for​ the​ type of​ light (daylight, fluorescent, incandescent, etc.,) or​ lighting conditions in​ the​ scene so it​ will look normal to​ the​ human eye.

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