Digital Cameras

There's a lot of different digital cameras on the market. Read on to determine the features and functions you need.


Image Compression

Most digital cameras will store images as JPEGs. This file format stands for joint Photographic Experts Group, and saves image data by compressing it. The more compression (and therefore the smaller the file), the greater the loss of image quality. Users will usually be able to choose from "finer" or "normal" JPEG resolution modes on the camera, which offer more or less compression.

Some mid and higher-end models will be able to record images as other, less compressed file types, such as TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) or RAW. Because these types of files are not compressed like JPEGs, they take a lot more memory, and RAW files in particular also require post capture processing, making them a lot more work. The advantage of RAW files is that you won't lose any image data in the compression process.

Unless you're a professional photographer, this isn't really a big issue however, as the quality promised by a "finer" JPEG file should give you an excellent image quality suitable for printing your photos.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Struggling for Christmas presents this year? Check out our Christmas Gift Guide for some top tech suggestions and more.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

GoodGearGuide Staff

Good Gear Guide

Most Popular Reviews

Follow Us

Best Deals on GoodGearGuide

Shopping.com

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Latest Jobs

Shopping.com

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?