Supercheap Hybrid Novelty and Oddball Digital Cameras

While the vast majority of digital cameras fall into the above categories, there are other types and kinds that may interest you. Some are very cheap, as low as 20 bucks, the digital equivalent of film's disposable single-use cameras. Others are combinations, such as an instant film camera that also takes digital shots, an MP3 player that doubles as a camera, or a pair of binoculars with a built-in digital camera. Then there are the novelty items with a variety of sizes, shapes, and configurations, ones that look like pens, transistor radios, or tie tacs. Last, but certainly not least, many PDAs (personal digital assistants) and cell phones (camphones) come equipped with or accommodate a built-in or add-on digital camera. (We'll cover camphones in Chapter 16).

What these products have in common, regardless of price, is that image quality is secondary to form, fun, or convenience. Most are point-and-shoot devices that have tiny image sensors and limited memory capacity, often have no LCD viewfinder or built-in flash, take low resolution images, offer very few features, and come equipped with only the most basic software bundle. The images they produce are generally suited for snapshot prints or the Web, and nothing more. But hey! They do take pictures, they're fun to operate, and most are small and light enough to carry anywhere.

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Compared to film cameras, digital cameras are easy to use, fun and extremely versatile. Every day there’s more features being designed. Whether you have the cheapest model or a high end model, digital cameras can do an endless number of things. Let’s look at how to get the most out of your digital camera.

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