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There are many myths and saying about cameras, but few among them is followed somewhat religiously by the photography enthusiasts. Such myths need to end soon otherwise photography will be just something that anyone can join because he or she can afford expensive equipment.
Myths & Facts About Camera
1. Brand War
Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax or something else?Which brand of camera is better; When it is about the compact cameras, then there happen to be many options.
However, when it is about the DSLR, people prefer choosing between a Canon and Nikon DSLR. The companies and critics may favour one brand over the other, while they would put numerous arguments for their choice of brand, but the fact is entirely different.
At the forefront, whatever may be the claims of the brands, but the truth is something else. At the low priced user end, there is not much difference among the brands of camera. The second thing here is that if DSLR is in the equation, then it is a rare comparison.
DSLR body is what matters the most, and almost all brands have the same mechanism, and functionality. Professional photographers use different brands for different occasions.
Don’t bother about the brand, but education in photography, which will set you apart by teaching to use several models as practice and work or craft.
2. More the Megapixels: Better camera?
Indeed, the consumers are not at all an expert in the subject or commodity that they wish to indulge in. They hear the praise of a particular place, property or experience and they also want to have the same. Not many know what megapixel is precise, as well as that not all of the megapixels are made equal.
For instance, both iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 has an 8-megapixel camera, but the difference in the image detail would always be different.
The most functional megapixel ranges between 5 megapixels to 10 megapixels, while the final output is always in digital form. Not many people get their photographs printed these days. Hence, a digital copy comes out fine in sub-10-megapixel camera.
Though, keeping in mind the camera sensors and image processor would help in making the smart choice.
3. DPI and PPI Are Same
DPI means ‘Dots Per Inch’ which is a print resolution while Pixel Per Inch or pixel density is a digital resolution. Hence, No! DPI and PPI are not the same things at all. The DPI or Dots Per Inch represents the number of ink dots any printer may lay down for every inch.
To print a good quality photo, here a printer would need 300 DPI of quick information. Supposedly, a photographer took a 2592 x 1944 size image to print.
Now an 8 x 6-inch photo can be developed from that input which has 324 DPI to it. Now if this print is made more prominent, the pixels would go further away to make a fuzzy image.
In the PPI or Pixel Per Inch, a 5-megapixel camera that has a maximum resolution for taking an image is 2592 x 1944 pixels. Such number of pixels would make for a 2592 pixels width by 1944 pixels height.
Now if the same was to be seen on the computer screen, then it can be seen as a 36 x 27 inch of an image since the monitors can only display 72 pixels in every inch. On an iMac with the Retina 5 K display that has a 218 pixel per inch output, the digital image will look smaller.
4. More Zoom Better Camera
There are two kinds of zoom, digital and optical. Digital zoom does not use any lense, but it can digital magnify any image that a photographer sees through LCD panel. In short, digital zoom distorts the image by expanding it and consequently distorting its pixels.
On the other hand, optical zoom is the real thing. It has motors inside the lens of the camera that move the camera lens to adjust the focal point so the subjects can be seen closer. Optical zoom is always better than digital zoom.
Any camera with more optical zoom is worth buying.
5. RAW and JPEG Are Same
Do take note that RAW is not a format for image file, but JPEG is. Since it is not processed and hence, it is not ready to be sent for printing; it got its name.
Consider RAW a digital negative where special software is required to see the RAW files. JPEG is the basic print-ready format which can be seen on any supporting device.
The photographers who usually shoot RAW, do it on purpose to retain the original data. Since converting them into JPEG format involves compressing the images, the loss in quality might take place.
Thus, shooting RAW footage and processing it later bestows the photographer with the utmost flexibility of editing the images.
Although, shooting in either format is a choice or preference of the photographer. Hence, make the selection carefully.
6. You Should Have A DSLR
Majority of photography enthusiasts do not need a DSLR, and even if they can afford to buy it, a DSLR never get to deliver its features; with all its might.
The camera technology has brought a plethora of features in tiny compact digital cameras for personal uses. These compact digital cameras tend to take great images, and they are convenient to use.
Thus, having a DSLR is not at all necessary, but having the passion for using the device in hand to take images optimally is the real thing. Such people can do wonders with a small digital camera with optical zoom.
Getting Expensive DSLR Body Is Essential
This myth is just a myth because the only part of any best DSLR that can be used again are the various lenses. The DSLR body keeps moving towards the obsolescence from its first day of purchase.
Either way, the lens has to be bought as per requirement, and only the lens stays with the photographer, while the body goes out of the inventory.
The above are the main myths about cameras, which doesn’t help in making it big in photography. But using the basic camera will help to learn the different ways of photography, where at a later stage more advanced camera and lens can be bought.