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Digital cameras

Digital cameras don’t use film. Otherwise many of their features – viewfinder, image-forming lens, aperture, flash – are the same or are closely related to film based equipment. In fact several ‘top-end’ (most advanced and expensive) digital cameras have made use of host Nikon or Canon 35 mm SLR bodies. Others take the form of a digital sensor contained in a back replacing the detachable film magazine on a medium format SLR camera or the filmholder on a view camera.

The basics on camera and lens features covered in Chapters 4 and 5 therefore mostly still apply. This chapter concentrates on the practical differences between digital and film cameras – differences in cost and design; the way your picture is stored and retrieved; ...

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