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Menu driven digital options are however usually selected through buttons on the rear of the camera body, which usually incorporate camera set-up, image set-up and hardware controls as well as previews of the images captured on the card. One other extremely useful feature is the ability to view the tonal histogram of the image, which gives information as to the exposure and tonality of the captured shot. In addition it is usually possible to zoom into the image to determine sharpness and detail, although this can be difficult when working in brightly lit areas.

A slow on-board computer within the camera’s electronics. The time taken for the auto focus mechanism to activate and focus. The time taken for the camera computer to ‘wipe’ the previous image from the sensor. Any of these factors can result in an irritating delay between the intention of taking a picture and the camera actually responding. The loss of ‘decisive moment’ can even in some cases extend to the loss of the shot completely! This effect is generally more noticeable in lower priced compact digital cameras and generally within acceptable limits in most DSLRs.

On the other hand a photojournalist may prefer the convenience of a well featured prosumer digital camera, whilst someone interested in candid portraiture may want the inconspicuousness offered by a compact digital camera. A commercial advertising photographer may even be able to justify the price tag and require the power and quality of a medium format digital back. >>> essential skills >>> Phase One P25 medium format back Choose a camera that best suits the purpose Whatever the outcome, the overall package must suit your individual needs - and it must feel right!

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