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Digital Cameras

Digital cameras of today range from child-friendly point-and-shoots to very expensive and discreet options. Find out how this technology works, get the most from your digital camera and peruse our Top 10 list from Consumer Guide editors.

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How Digital Cameras Work

Essentially, a digital image is just a long string of 1s and 0s that represent all the tiny colored dots -- or pixels -- that make up an image. This format allows digital cameras to produce instant photos that you can edit, print and share online.


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