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As the society proceeds onto the technical advancement of the new Century, the people are implementing the good effects of such technologies into their every day lives too! One such common appliance is the camera! And, perhaps the latest happening stuff of this fantastic device is the digital camera. Again, every man or woman has the right to know about the truths regarding this wonder and so here goes some of it in a very simple and comprehendible explanation. Hoping that this approach would be interesting and understandable to anyone and everyone.

The last two decades have witnessed most of the major technological breakthroughs in consumer electronics as part of one superior breakthrough. The digital technology is the name. This technology is all about converting conventional analog information (represented by a continuous fluctuating wave) into digital information (represented by 1's and 0's, called bits). This elemental shift in technology has completely revolutionized the world of visual and audio information. This advent of the revolutionary technology has had a mammoth success in the world of the general people, who are keen upon using greater improved products of science ... but at the cheapest cost! And this technology is a boon to that ideology. Hail to science!

Coming to the digital camera, it is a miracle in its complete shift because it is beyond doubt different from its forerunner. Conventional cameras atomically utilize chemical and mechanical processes for it’s working, without even the requirement of electricity for operating. Basically, without any complicacies of mind whirling technical terms and stuff, the digital cameras contain a miniature, yet complete, in-built computer system within them. And utilizing the same technology as the working principles of computers and it’s peripherals like scanners, the digital cameras too record images in an entirely electronic or rather digital form inside its memory.

Looking at the whole concept and its overview of working in the digital camera, every smallest possible point in a picture is called a pixel. A digital image is treated as just a long thread of 1's and 0's that embody all the petite colored dots - or pixels - that communally make up the image and this information is restored inside the digital camera. So the requirements of the chemicals, papers and films become redundant. A questions however arises ... does it have a lens? Well the answer is YES! However the process is a bit different. The lens is very much present in a digital camera as in the conventional ones, but it focuses all the light onto a semiconductor device that records the light as electronic information, instead of a light sensitive film. The computer interprets this data into digital information and stores them. Being digital in nature this information about the pictures can be emailed, modified, or printed with high resolution from a laser printer (of any size too!), and from anywhere in the world furthermore. This is real advantage of the digital camera.

Apart from the advanced technical aspects, the digital camera has more to offer a user and the common man! The major ones are soaring in value for time and money involved in films and developing them subsequently, a certain benefit from a digital camera, which is relieved from all these tedious works. Getting visual information into the computer and even transport them to different locations, thinking beyond geographic locations, all comes within the reach of fingers using the digital camera. From taking business class flights to distant continents, to those still shots locally, it can all be done with that same camera. The digital camera is however different from the scanner, as it's working speed far more than the scanner, and also it is far more economic.

As an introduction, much has been discussed regarding the digital camera; it’s working (made simple) as well as its utility. Anyone can gather significant information about the digital camera from the above discussion, yet one thing certainly needs stating ... the real 100% feel comes only on acquiring a digital camera!

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