The 2013 summer season may be over, but we're not yet done with our FHM Buyer's Guide series (check out our tablet and laptop guides if you haven't already)! We're going into the rainy season—and saying hello to June—with our third installment, which focuses on a gadget that hasn't gotten a lot of love lately: digital cameras.
Seriously. When was the last time you really used a digital camera? These days, most of us take photos of everything and anything with our smartphones; and leave the more capable shooters at home. And even if you actually take that semi-forgotten gadget out of the house, there's no guarantee that it'll get some action.
We can keep the habit, or we can change things right here, right now. The smartphone's feature sets may keep improving by the year, but when it comes to snapping pics, cams will still be the clear winner. Convinced, yet? Here's a guide you on what you need to know about buying a new digital shooter.
These camera terms below can be head-scratchers for the uninitiated
Photography comes with its own lingo, and it can make some noobs' heads spin or noses bleed after a while. We've made a list of the 10 common terms that you'll come across, and words that you'll find in specs lists and reviews.
- Aperture — determines how much light will get to the image sensor; it affects the depth of field in a photo.
- Depth of field — refers to how much of your photo is in focus.
- Exposure — no, not that kind of "exposure" we're used to! In photography, this means the length of time the shutter is activated.
- Pixel — a single dot in a photo.
- Megapixels — one megapixel is equal to a million pixels; also used to measure image resolution.
- Rule of Thirds — divides an image into nine parts; helps with composition.
- Bokeh — a beki-ish term that describes the quality of the blurred portion or background of a shot.
- Image sensor — responsible for recording the photos/videos you take.
- File format — how your images are recorded; image compression can be lossless or lossy.
- Noise — the dots or “grains” that appear in photos. More noise means lesser image quality.
There are more, but these are pretty much the ones you'll frequently encounter. For other terms, click here.