Glossary of camera terms

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TTL

Flash terms explained

Fri, 21 May 2010

We look at the different terms associated with digital camera flash, including flash curtain sync, GN, PC sync, rear cutain sync, slow sync, sync speed, and TTL

Camera connections

Camera connections explained

Fri, 21 May 2010

We explain the various terms related to the connections on your digital camera, such as USB port, flash sync, mic, AV out, and HDMI

Pentaprism

Viewfinder terms explained

Fri, 21 May 2010

We explain the various terms associated with viewfinders, such as pentamirror, pentaprism, magnification, eyepoint and coverage

LCD screens

LCD screen terms explained

Fri, 21 May 2010

We explain the terms related to LCD screens, including, dots, pixels, OLED, LCD and VGA

ND filter

Filters explained

Fri, 21 May 2010

What are the different type of filters available for your digital camera and what does each one do? Our filters explained article covers graduated filters, ND filters, Polarising filters, and UV...

Video

Video terms explained

Fri, 21 May 2010

We explain various terms referring to the video mode in digital cameras

White balance

White Balance explained

Fri, 21 May 2010

When it comes to white balance what do the various settings on your camera mean? We explain what is meant by terms such as manual, custom, auto, kelvin and preset

AF sensor

Autofocus explained

Fri, 21 May 2010

We explain what the different types of autofocus are, and what each one means, including, AF lock, contrast-detect, continuous tracking, cross-type, manual and phase-detect

LiveMos camera sensor

Sensors explained

Fri, 21 May 2010

What are the different types of camera sensors and what do they mean? Including full frame, CMOS, CCD, APS-C, LiveMOS, Foveon

Image file formats

File formats explained

Fri, 21 May 2010

Different image file formats explained, including DNG, JPEG, TIFF, PSD and RAW

Aspect ratios explained

Aspect ratios explained

Tue, 18 May 2010

We explain the the different aspect ratios often referred to in digital photography and what they mean inlcuding the aspect ratios 4:3, 3:2, 19:9 , and 6:6 / 1:1

Noise Reduction

Noise reduction explained

Thu, 18 Mar 2010

Most digital cameras feature built-in noise reduction strategies, as Matt explains in his noise reduction guide...