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A camera that takes real photos without manipulation like old analog cameras

Is there any model of digital cameras in the market in 2021 that takes photo like analog cameras without manipulation and artificial improvements? This seems to be a fairly common belief held by ...
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Took my first ever 4k picture; Why is it so disappointing?

4K might be the next big thing in video, but for still photography that's just 8 megapixels, which is quite low for most cameras, and I think around the resolution of the iPhone. I have a Nikon D5300 ...
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What's the best way to store over 400 GB of digital photos?

The general reccomendation is a 3-2-1 Backup strategy, meaning you have 3 copies: 2 local, 1 offsite. Here's one way: Get a NAS appliance (like a Drobo) to protect against a single disk crash (or ...
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Took my first ever 4k picture; Why is it so disappointing?

Most cameras already have a resolution going far beyond 4K. Assuming you mean Ultra HD (3840x2160) opposed to "true" DCI 4K (4096x2160) you get a resolution of about 8MP (DCI 4K would be about 8.8MP). ...
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Is it true that the best images from all digital cameras can be obtained at ISO 200?

There is an ISO which is not necessarily 200 that is the native sensitivity of the silicon from which the sensor is made. That sensitivity depends on the sensor itself, so will vary between cameras, ...
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Can you use a phone as grey/white card?

No, it won't work. The gray card works by reflecting ambient light (here "ambient" is used to include whatever flash, gels, etc. you're lighting your scene with other than the phone). You know it's ...
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How important is a good quality camera for good photography?

As with many things, the end quality depends on the weakest link. Because most cameras are quite good, even cheap ones (even from mobile phones), the weakest link is mostly the person behind the ...
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Is it true that the best images from all digital cameras can be obtained at ISO 200?

The information your friend gave you was essentially correct for most digital cameras, particularly compact digital cameras with very small sensors, made about 15-20 years ago. Digital imaging sensors ...
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My mentor says to set image to Fine instead of RAW — how is this different from JPG?

you don't have to reproduce the algorithms that the camera is running to render your photo on the small display on the camera. This all depends on how much you value what is shown on the camera's LCD ...
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A camera that takes real photos without manipulation like old analog cameras

All photos undergo manipulation. A documentary type photo is one that closely matches what most people see, but it's not unprocessed. In the analog/film world, different films will give different ...
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What's the best way to store over 400 GB of digital photos?

Perhaps I'm a bit old-school in this way, but I personally avoid storing my stuff on "somebody else's computer" (a.k.a. the "cloud"). I would just buy (at least) two external drives of sufficient ...
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Why are flash pulses so short?

That is a true statement, but it misses the big point. (As the shutter would see it), it would simply become continuous light, like any incandescent light bulb (always On for the full shutter ...
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Why are flash pulses so short?

Why? Fundamentally, it's because of the way flashes work. Flashtubes generate light by discharging a capacitor through a xenon-filled tube. The resulting electric arc produces bright white light. But ...
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Took my first ever 4k picture; Why is it so disappointing?

Whoever told you about 4K probably mislead you. At least, you have the resolution right. You see, 4K at 3840x2160 is a resolution term used for video, signifying almost 4000 pixels in width. The ...
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Why doesn't digital Large-Format exist?

It depends on how you define camera. In a sense, digital large format does exist, just not exactly in the way we might expect. There are commercial products called 'Digital Scanning Backs' that fit ...
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What is considered High ISO?

Being a man of science, I did some scholar-googling and came across some articles. Too long, didn't read: None of the scientific articles I found give a clear definition of "high ISO". However, they ...
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Hasselblad cameras used in Space Shuttle, analog or digital?

The cameras used in 1992 and 1994 are all 70mm analog film cameras. 70mm refers to the film size, not the focal length of the lens. Hasselblad did not make digital backs or digital cameras until much ...
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Help for a film shooter: how to cope with the paradox of choice?

There's no one way. Personally I find digital frees me to defer choices until after the shot. Not only that but I can "discover" new interpretations of a scene with different crops, different toning,...
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A camera that takes real photos without manipulation like old analog cameras

The mere act of making an image is a departure from reality, regardless of the recording medium. My answer to Which raw settings should I stick to or avoid to keep my photo "natural"? is ...
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How important is a good quality camera for good photography?

Gear doesn't matter... until it does. While it is true that better gear won't make you a better photographer, it is equally true that any photographer is limited by the capabilities of the gear being ...
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What equipment did film photographers obsess over?

Oh, goodness — everything. Film, camera, lenses, lighting, style, fashions and trends, whether or not photography is art, everything we see today. But the "forums" were... more literal forums — people ...
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My mentor says to set image to Fine instead of RAW — how is this different from JPG?

JPEG, as you know, is a lossy compression format. One feature of the format is different quality levels, which correspond to greater or lesser amounts of information discarded to save space. See Is ...
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Is this lightning image a natural phenomena or a digital camera artifact?

Cameras design utilizes several different shutter designs. The DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) typically use a focal plane shutter design. Such a shutter is favored when the camera supports ...
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Dust on Sensor After Many Cleanings DSLR

Unless you are working in a NASA grade "clean" room, no matter what method you use you will almost never get every single dust spot. Even if you do, by the time you put a lens back on the camera, more ...
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A camera that takes real photos without manipulation like old analog cameras

I will call out an assumption behind the question which other answerers have not touched upon: that what you see is the "real" image. It seems that you want pictures which replicate what you ...
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Are there reasons to use colour filters with digital cameras?

It depends. Especially when producing images that are viewed in monochrome/B&W. If digital sensors had unlimited dynamic range it wouldn't matter so much, but we all know that they are limited by ...
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Can digital cameras easily take panoramic photographs?

If the old days you are thinking of are the late 1990s, you were probably using an "APS" camera. This is where the "APS-C" sensor size common in DSLRs today came from, but actually had three modes. ...
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Should I convert my family pictures from JPEG to PNG?

There is no data loss from simply opening them, only by changing them & re-saving. Any data already lost can never be recovered. Simply converting now to a lossless format will not change the ...
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Downloading photos problem

The words "no photos to show on this device" suggests your computer is running software that is looking for a certain type of file which it knows to be "photos". If instead you use a file manager (...
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What is pixel peeping and why do some people say should I avoid it?

What is pixel peeping? Pixel peeping can be defined as magnifying an image until individual pixels are perceivable by the viewer. Pixel peeping may also be defined as magnifying an image on a monitor ...
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