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Digital Camera Features

Feature Digital Camera Film Camera Winner?
Resolution Resolution varies between 1 megapixel and about 10 megapixels. Depends only on quality of the lens and film grain size. Traditional and digital capabilities are converging, with many results comparable.
Ability to review pictures on the scene Pictures are instantly available for review. Must wait for processing, even if only one hour. Digital Camera, unless you consider a low resolution Polaroid instant camera.
Ability to touch up pictures Pictures are easily touched up, cropped, and otherwise modified. Must either have a darkroom or use a professional service. Alternately, have to scan in the photo to modify. Digital pictures are readily modified without any preprocessing.
Price Camera price is significantly higher than for a traditional film camera. Moderately priced to very expensive, but less costly initially. Digital cameras have lower operating costs, as storage media is reusable.
Convenience of mailing pictures while on the road Pictures can be e-mailed from the road, while on a trip. Photos need to be processed, then snail-mailed. You might get home before the pictures. Definite advantage to a digital camera.

Ability to take action photos

Depending on the camera, recycle time between shots can be very slow. So can capture time. Most good film cameras can take pictures as fast as you can advance the film. Definite advantage to film cameras at present - with the exception of digital SLRs - but some better digital cameras can take 3 to 5 shot bursts.
Development Your pictures are ready to use without waiting to finish the roll. Pictures often stay in the camera until the roll is used up. Digital Camera, unless you like finally seeing last Christmas’ pictures this Christmas.

Resolution sizes

Image Resolution = Megapixels

Image Resolution
Pixels
Image Size*
640
480
307,200
7,372,800
800
600
480,000
11,520,000
1024
768
786,432
18,874,368
1280
1024
1,310,720
31,457,280
1600
1200
1,920,000
46,080,000
2048
1536
3,145,728
75,497,472
2592
1944
5,038,848
120,932,352

* Basic uncompressed file size in bytes based on 24-bit color RAW image format may be different from each manufacturer.


Storage media

How many pictures fit on a memory card?

Compression
Resolution (in pixels)
2048 x 1536
1600 x 1200
1280 x 960
640 x 480
Economy 32 frames 47 frames 69 frames 150 frames
Standard 17 frames 27 frames 39 frames 100 frames
Fine 9 frames 14 frames 22 frames 69 frames
TIFF 1 frame 2 frames 3 frames 14 frames

* Approximate capacity based on Konica Minolta DiMAGE Xt camera using a 16MB SD (Secure Digital) Memory Card. Images are saved in .jpg compressed format; the level of compression is selectable, or uncompressed JPG or TIFF format (Your camera may vary).

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