Selecting digital camera

October 4, 2011 at 09:52:09
Specs: Windows XP
What digital cameras connect to a Windows XP
computer? Is it via a USB cord? Do such
cameras usually come w/ a USB cord? Please
list a few that connect and transfer photos
w/out(!), and w/, additional software. I want to
show, instead of describe, what shape the sofa
is in. Therefore, I --assume-- I will not need to
edit photos. Is editing photos the purpose of
additional software? A tiny internet photo is
little better than no photo. Do the cheap
cameras allow 3/4/5 sizes of photos?
Is it easier to post a photo on an internet
page, include it in the body of an email, or
attach it as a file to email? About how many
gb or mb will these cameras hold?

Easily removeable camera memory devices.
Are they --all-- flash? Are they --all-- cards?
What are the physical sizes / capacity ranges
of compact, sticks, sd, sdhc, & micro? What
is meant by class?

Are these cards anything like PCMCIA type 1, 2, or 3?

What do I need to know about converters/
adapters/card readers?

Thanks for --hopefully-- getting me off to
a good start. Thank you for --any-- help,
or leads to help.


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#1
October 4, 2011 at 10:05:30
What digital cameras connect to a Windows XP
computer?

The majority of them will - check the requirements on the box.

Is it via a USB cord? Usually, yes.

Do such cameras usually come w/ a USB cord? Yes.

Please list a few that connect and transfer photos
w/out(!), and w/, additional software. If you don't want to use any bundled software then the easiest way to transfer the photos is to use a memory card eader rather than the USB connection.

I want to show, instead of describe, what shape the sofa
is in. Therefore, I --assume-- I will not need to
edit photos. You may want to crop the photo, but otherwise no, you are best to leave it as it is.

Is editing photos the purpose of additional software? Generally speaking, yes.

A tiny internet photo is little better than no photo. Do the cheap
cameras allow 3/4/5 sizes of photos? No, but photo editing software can be used to resize photos.

Is it easier to post a photo on an internet page, include it in the body of an email, or
attach it as a file to email? Attaching or inserting into an email is easiest, posting on a webpage depends on what the webpage is, who controls it etc.

About how many gb or mb will these cameras hold? Depends on the size of the memory card supplied or that you buy.

Easily removeable camera memory devices. Most cameras have removeable memory.

Are they --all-- flash? Are they --all-- cards? SD cards are probably the most popular & easiest to obtain.

What are the physical sizes / capacity ranges of compact, sticks, sd, sdhc, & micro? You'll have to Google the physical sizes of each card-type, but it makes no difference to you, the end user. Easily available & economic capacities range from 1Gb up to 32Gb as a general guide though capacities are increasing all of the time

What is meant by class? The transfer speed of the card, the higher the class, the better the possible speed, though you would need a compatible camera to take advantage of it.

Are these cards anything like PCMCIA type 1, 2, or 3? No.

What do I need to know about converters/adapters/card readers? What do you want to know? (I can't believe I just asked that.....)


Thanks for --hopefully-- getting me off to a good start. Thank you for --any-- help,
or leads to help.

"I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd


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#2
October 4, 2011 at 10:14:19
Forgot to add this in my above post:

Of the cameras that accept a removable memory device, do most of them come
w/ one? What capacity is it likely to be? Are those cameras likely to accept an
8 gb device?


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#3
October 4, 2011 at 11:06:41
A tiny internet photo is little better than no photo. Do the cheap
cameras allow 3/4/5 sizes of photos?

No, but photo editing software can be used to resize photos.

Won't the resize you speak of lose clarity / sharpness as you enlarge it
via resizing? What if you want medium / large / extra large pic w/
clarity? I am also thinking of those who will receive photos in email (file
attached or in the body) or will see them on an internet page. I want them
to see a large, clear photo from the start, or, easily adjust it. Like click
on it to enlarge (but still be clear) or like most or all PDF files, where you
change the zoom percentage and the larger result is still sharp (this kind
of goes with my next question).

Is it easier to post a photo on an internet page, include it in the body of an email, or
attach it as a file to email?

Attaching or inserting into an email is easiest, posting on a webpage depends on what the webpage is, who controls it etc.

About how many gb or mb will these cameras hold?

Depends on the size of the memory card supplied or that you buy.

Easily removeable camera memory devices.

Are they --all-- flash? Are they --all-- cards?

SD cards are probably the most popular & easiest to obtain.

What are the physical sizes / capacity ranges of compact, sticks, sd, sdhc, & micro?

You'll have to Google the physical sizes of each card-type, but it makes no difference to you, the end user. Easily available & economic capacities range from 1Gb up to 32Gb as a general guide though capacities are increasing all of the time.

What I don't want is for friends w/ as much, or more, ignorance as me to bring
something that says compact / stick / micro / sd / sdhc / ETC on it only to
find out it will not fit, OR, it fits, but will only take 3 pics on my camera when
it took 7 on their mom's camera, OR, it fits but it's MUCH slower on your
camera than my brother's.....I'm still not sure, but I --think-- all these
"things" are called ( labeled ) :
flash
memory
cards
or some combo of these 3???

What do I need to know about converters/adapters/card readers?

What do you want to know? (I can't believe I just asked that.....)

It goes w/ my question on physical size, I guess. If the thing doesn't
fit, I --assume-- 1/2/3 adapters will make it fit? I --assume-- a converter
or adapter is much smaller than card readers, especially the
expensive ones? (Per earlier question: Do they make "stick" readers?)


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#4
October 5, 2011 at 05:02:29
"Won't the resize you speak of lose clarity / sharpness as you enlarge it
via resizing? What if you want medium / large / extra large pic w/
clarity? I am also thinking of those who will receive photos in email (file
attached or in the body) or will see them on an internet page. I want them
to see a large, clear photo from the start, or, easily adjust it. Like click
on it to enlarge (but still be clear) or like most or all PDF files, where you
change the zoom percentage and the larger result is still sharp (this kind
of goes with my next question)."

Most modern cameras will have facilities for you to set the size/resolution of the picture, but they don't automatically take 3 pictures at different resolutions. What you do is decide beforehand what the maximum resolution you want to work with is and you can then use photo editing software to reduce the size/resolution afterwards if you want to. If you try increasing the size of a photo you are correct, you will lose sharpness so starting with the highest resolution and sizing down is the correct way to do things.

Most decent cameras don't come with a memory card, this gives you the option to choose the one you want.

If you go for a 4Gb memory card (I would recommend SHDC ones for availability and price), with a 10MegaPixel camera you would be able to store around 700 - 1000 images on the card, depending on the other camera settings. If you shoot RAW images then that figure will be reduced, but you are still talking many hundreds.

Each camera will only take one type of card and you would not normally swap them around. (SD cards come in 3 sizes and the smaller ones will fit into adapters, but generally you would go for the largest, standard sd card in a camera - the mini & micro sd cards are meant for phones). If you want to swap photos with people then you are better off copying them from camera to PC then onto a USB memory stick.

Multi-Card readers connect to your pc with a USB cable and usually have different slots for each of the main types of card.

To be honest, I think you are coming to this from the wrong direction. Firstly you want to decide on what budget you want to spend on a camera & basic accessories. Look at camera reviews and go and 'play' with them in a local dealer. The issue of memory cards is not that important, and any decent dealer will advise you of the best brand/quality to buy that your camera will handle.

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#5
October 5, 2011 at 10:05:26
Selecting digital camera

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