Getting started in digital photography

Here's how to choose a camera and an image editor, along with important tips to help you begin taking great photos.

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Good Things Come in Small Packages

Digital SLRs are great, but not everyone wants to spend that much money or to lug around such bulky and heavy devices. Do you need that much camera to take great photos?

Absolutely not. Many superb point-and-shoot digital cameras are available today. You can find compact cameras with all sorts of compelling features, such as built-in panoramic stitching, image stabilization, the ability to shoot in extremely low light, and more. To see what these pocket-size cameras have to offer, check out PCWorld's "[[xref:|Top-Rated Advanced Point-and-Shoots|Top-Rated Advanced Point-and-Shoots]]" chart.

My favorite point-and-shoots are known as megazooms; they get their name from their astonishingly broad zoom ranges. For example, the [[xref:|Canon PowerShot SX20 IS|Canon PowerShot SX20 IS]] pictured here has a 20X optical zoom. Go to PCWorld's "[[xref:|Top-Rated Megazoom Cameras|Top-Rated Megazoom Cameras]]" for more great models.

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