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Camera basics are the timeless and generic aspects of cameras; even as technology evolves, these things will remain essentially the same.

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What are the properties of a camera that affect taking pictures in poor lighting?

I had recently bought a Nikon CoolPix L110, which was stolen a few months later. In searching for a replacement, I'd like to get something that takes better pictures in poor lighting. The zoom on ...
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What are practical advantages of Compact cameras over DSLR? [duplicate]

In the past there was huge difference between amateur and professional cameras, but due to the market demand, companies are producing cheap professional (DSLR) cameras, and more advanced compact ...
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How can a lens like a 18-55mm have more than one focal length?

How can a lens have a range of focal lengths? Shouldn't it be a single number? Isn't focal length supposed to be fixed for a lens of a particular shape and geometry? What am I missing? How many ...
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What is flash duration?

When speaking in terms of flash specifications, what is flash duration and how does it impact exposure?
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Is center-weighted metering a type of spot-metering?

Does center-weighted metering use the same camera/lens adjustments as spot metering with the exception of the focus which is in the center? Or is there a technical difference in the way center-...
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What are some common gotchas and missed capabilities migrating from compacts to DSLRs

It has been just a couple weeks since I bought an old Nikon D40X after using a Canon SX120IS for a year. The only things I miss so far are the ability to fine adjust the exposure using the back ...
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What options are there for a camera that's smaller than a full DSLR, but not a point-and-shoot?

I've been wanting to start taking photos for a while so I am looking to get a camera. I don't want to get any kind of Point-And-Shoot. I was awaiting the coming of the Fuji X100 as I travel very very ...
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What is the most appropriate camera for hobby photography?

I like to travel and take snaps a lot, I usually use my mobile camera for this, but it is not worthy at all. Can someone suggest to me a good and affordable digital camera between the range of $100 - ...
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What's a Good All Purpose Compact Lens for a dSLR …?

Following on from an earlier post, I've decided to persevere with the behemoth for a bit and see where it goes. It may lead in the direction of a Canon G11/12 or S90/95 - only time will tell. In the ...
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What are the benefits of Av vs. Tv vs. Manual exposure modes?

So what's the benefit of using one over the other? The way I understand it, in Av or Tv, you only have to adjust the shutter or aperture, and the rest is done automatically for you...is this correct? ...
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How does a fly-by-wire focusing lens work?

I have learnt that fly-by-wire focusing is an electrical manual focusing system. But how does this focusing method work? How do you manually focus with fly-by-wire? What is the scope of this ...
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Why the faces in the corner tends to skew a bit in almost all smartphone cameras

I have noticed in almost all the smart phones I have used, the faces of people in the corners (either side) tends to skew a bit in all smartphone cameras. Is it something the lens is not as good as ...
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Are scene modes, white balance, color tones, and similar just post-processing effects?

What happens when the following settings are changed: White balance Color tones Scene modes Are these parameters affect the way in which the photo is taken or they are just applied by processing ...
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Why are the color spaces we have access to incomplete?

The question, then: If all colors are combinations of red, green and blue, and my monitor's pixels use all three, why is its color space limited to so small a portion of the actual complete color ...
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What type of digital camera should a novice get?

I am looking for a new digital camera that doesn't break the bank. I am certainly not a professional but I like my photos to look professional.
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Help me decide which camera to buy? [closed]

I would like to buy good camera to start learning photography ... i have 30K(Indian ruppies) budget. Now i am confused whether i should go for the DSLR or for the New Performance series(High end ...
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Why does this article say that a 1.5× crop factor sensor is 43% smaller than a 35mm film cell?

From http://www.digitalbirdphotography.com/2.3.html In the case of full-frame sensors, the pixels are spread out over a relatively large sensor: roughly 36mm by 24mm. This just happens to be ...
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How is f-stop a measure of dynamic range?

As far as I have read f-stop is a measure of the aperture. This affects the amount of area in the foreground and background which is in focus. While having a look at the dynamic ranges of cameras I ...