Batteries: Choosing the Camera with the Right Kind of Power

We've all been there--the camera is set, that perfect moment finally hits, you press the shutter release and…your batteries die. Batteries are often overlooked when researching a new digital camera and simply categorized as chargeable or disposabl...

Using Manual Modes on Your Digital Camera

Have you seen those superb pictures of silky-smooth waterfalls and wished you could replicate them? Does your kid play a mean game of soccer but you can only manage to capture him or her as a blur? Automatic scene modes work pretty well for a majo...

How to White Balance Your Camera

There’s an easy way to get rid of that yellowish tint that haunts mostof your indoor shots. It’s what camera manufacturers call white balance.Most digital cameras, even cheap, compact ones, have manual white balance thatcan help you achieve perfec...

What Is Full-Frame Anyway?

What Is A Full-Frame Camera Anyway?When a camera is a full-frame model,that means its imaging sensor is precisely the same size as a 35mmfilm negative (36 x 24mm). Compared to the APS-C sized sensors foundin most dSLRs (varied in size, but general...

So Many Photographs

With the advent of the digital camera, the mighty tide of homemade photographs is growing to alarming or at least eye-wearying proportions. Flickr alone sops up 5.5 billion such images a year, if one extrapolates from the site’s claim of 4,425 upl...

Tutorial: A Guide to Focus Stacking

Focus stacking is a technique used to increase the shallow depth-of-field effect (sharp foreground, soft background) in a photograph. At normal shooting distances and magnifications, a shallow depth of field can be achieved by simply taking the le...

Buyer's Guide: Digital Cameras For Kids

Mostchildren mimic their parents’ habits and interests beginning astoddlers, so if you take pictures frequently, you can expect they’ll beinterested in your camera. It’s likely that you don’t want your kid’sfingerprints on the lens or your camera ...

CES 2014: Interchangeable lens cameras continue to shrink in size while beefing up on features

The annual Consumer Electronics Showcase is usually a pretty good indication of what to expect in camera releases for the new year. So what's headed our way for interchangeable lens cameras in 2014? Manufacturers are continuing the trend of shrin...

CES 2013: Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras

Digital imaging manufacturers came together last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, for one of the largest tradeshows in the world: the 2013 CES. As always, there were plenty of news stories from the floor and many announcements from just about every com...

SD vs. SDHC: Memory Card Formats Explained

The Secure Digital memory card has been a major innovation in data storage, its small size and wide adoption allowing for more compact cameras and greater interoperability between devices like cameras, camcorders, and computers. Recently, however,...

How to Use Fill Flash

Lighting a dark place is the primary and most obvious use for a camera flash, but it is certainly not the only one. Fill flash is a quick and easy tool to drastically improve backlit or harsh lighting conditions. It's a boon for outdoor portraits,...

The Worst Digital Cameras Ever

By Michael Patrick Brady,Editor, Digital Camera HQ.One of the perks of being the editor of a website like Digital Camera HQ is getting to read all the reviews submitted by our readers. Sometimes, they're pleasing, when it's clear that a person has...

What to Expect This Fall: Digital Camera Trends

In the coming weeks, we expect to see a fresh onslaught of new cameras from Canon, Nikon, and all the other big name manufacturers. These new cameras will be the top-of-the-line, with all sorts of nifty new features that will potentially make you ...

Digital Cameras for Travel

Light and PortableSo small, so easy, the Canon Powershot A460 is perfect for travelers who don't want to worry about lugging around a big camera. It'll slide into a pocket or backpack and be ready to snap away when you need. It takes AA batteries,...

Online Retailers versus "Bricks and Mortar" Storefronts

There has never been a better time to buy a digital camera online. Reliable retailers, low prices, a great selection, and thousands of online owner reviews make it easier than ever to research, compare, and buy digital cameras with complete confid...

Digital Cameras at Work

The decreasing cost of digital photography equipment and the ability to print, distribute and save images at a minimal expense have made digital cameras indispensable to many businesses. A small sampling of professionals that can benefit from digi...

Getting Acquainted: In-Camera Editing

As more cameras become wi-fi enabled and skip the computer altogether, manufacturers are packing in the in-camera editing options. Some of them are downright useless. Some of them are eye-brow raisers. But some of them are quite helpful. Not every...

CES 2014: Manufacturers Introduce an Interesting Mix of Compact Cameras

The Consumer Electronics Showcase brings the latest gadgets all in one place, and digital cameras are no exception. While the smartphone has continued changing the compact camera, the latest point-and-shoots are nonetheless intriguing. From $80 bu...

Best Digital Cameras 2011

Canon ELPH 100 HSBest Point and Shoot Under $200Canon ELPHs (formerly known as the SD series) have always been great point-and-shoots for reasonable prices. This year, the Canon ELPH 100 HS absolutely blows everything else in its price range out o...

The Best And Worst Digital Camera Trends of 2011

CMOS Sensors Abound:Maybe we just didn’t notice it before, but it seemed that in 2010, casual photographers suddenly became obsessed with low-light photography. More than any other kind of camera, would-be buyers came to us looking for a reasonabl...

The Best And Worst Digital Camera Trends of 2012

Mirrorless Camera Segment Booms:Olympus and Panasonic have been in the mirrorless game now for quite a while, and the other biggies in the business are now scrambling to grab their own share of the boom. Mirrorless cameras offer all the functional...

The Exposure Triangle: What is it and how do you put it to use?

Exposure in photography is like a three way tug of war. There are three main factors that affect image quality, and when you change one, it affects the others too. The exposure triangle, or three-way “tug of war,” involves shutter speed, aperture ...

Glossary of Camera Terms

AAF-S: A type of Nikon lens where the autofocus motor is built in to the lens. These guys are compatible with any Nikon DSLR.Aperture: The opening in the camera that the light passes through; adjusting the aperture allows varying levels of light i...

Getting Acquainted: Tools for Tricky Light

The word photography literately means “writing with light.” But working with unusual or tricky lighting is one of the most challenging aspects to master with the camera. Backlit subjects, reflective surfaces and low light settings are just a few t...

Shot In The Dark: What Makes A Digital Camera Good At Low-Light Photography?

The number one question we read in our comments section is “How well does this camera perform in low light?” Unless it’s about a dSLR or mirrorless model, the answer is usually “not well.” Concerts, bars, dancehalls, foggy nights, or any dim sett...

Getting Acquainted: Using In Camera Flash

At first, using a camera flash seems pretty simple, just turn the flash on if it's dark, leave it off if it's bright or just use the auto. But treating flash simply will result in simple (and sometimes even awful) photos. Even basic point and shoo...

Getting Acquainted: Burst Shooting and Timer

People are often surprised when they use my camera for a quick shot and find they've taken not one, but several photos. My camera pretty much lives in burst mode, a setting that continues to take quick shots when the shutter button is pressed. But...

2013 Digital Camera Trends

Whether or not you've got a jump start on your new resolutions, the digital camera world is already slimming down and speeding up in 2013. January's new releases, as well as models expected to be out in the next few months, feature more cameras wi...

Finding a Digital Camera for Family Photos

Easy playback and viewing lets you instantly review your photos with family and friends, and simple downloading makes printing and emailing your snapshots no harder than a few mouse clicks. If you're searching for a digital camera for family photo...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Best New Digital Cameras At CESJan 10, 2011Digital Camera HQ rounds up the best and most exciting new cameras on display at CES 2011, including models from Fujifilm, Olympus, Canon, Panasonic, and Casio. Read More »CES 2011 Wrap-...