Digital Camera Accessories



All the different makes of camera will have their own range of accessories, and not all cameras are able to accept lens attachments, but the most common digital camera accessories are as follows.

Digital camera bags/cases

Having spent a couple of hundred pounds on the latest 20x zoom, 4.0 megapixel digital camera, you may want to go the extra mile and get it a case to protect it. There is usually one designed specifically for your camera so check out the manufacturer's website. You can get waterproof housing, soft cases, leather cases, and bags with separate compartments for all your additional accessories. Prices can be anything from $5 for a leather case to $500 for the most advanced waterproof housing.

Batteries

Most digital cameras take lithium ion rechargeable batteries and the charger will be included in the kit. Some are able to take AA batteries as well, just in case you run out of power in the middle of nowhere. Be sure to check what kind of power source your digital camera uses as this can affect the camera weight and length of shooting time available.

Cables

If your camera has a port that enables it to be connected to a computer or TV, it will come with a cable. These days a USB port/lead is the most common sort of camera-computer connection. It may also have a video out connection, and a different cable is needed for that function. You can buy cables separately at most places that sell cameras, but the appropriate USB lead (if needed) should be included in the kit.

Filters

Filters can improve the contrast and detail of your photographs and add interesting effects. You must have the correct screw thread diameter (ie, size) for your lens, measured in millimetres: if your lens does not have a screw thread, it probably isn't compatible with filters. Again, different brands have produced their own-brand filters designed specifically for their range of cameras, so have a look at the products available.

Flash

As the more basic models of digital cameras are designed for recreational use in optimum light conditions, you may find the on-camera flash system inadequate and most compact digital cameras won't have a connector to link up an external flash. There are hand-held flash units available to solve this problem. Chat to your local camera shop and see what will work best for your camera.

Lens attachments

Digital camera lens attachments can increase the range of your lens to become telephoto or macro lenses. You will need the attachment appropriate for your camera though, so go straight to the manufacturer or local camera shop for advice.

Memory cards

Your camera will come with a memory card. The more memory your camera has, the more photos you will be able to take before needing to upload them to a computer or delete them to create space. You can buy cards in different sizes, measured in multiples of 8mb (megabites).

Printers

A good printer will produce good photographs. They range in price from $50 to hundreds of dollars. Your camera manufacturer will obviously recommend their own-brand printers, and there are benefits to buying the same make as the software will be easily compatible if you want to print direct from camera to printer. However, once you have transferred your photos to computer, any printer will print them and you just have to decide how much you want to pay and what kind of quality you need. Cannon, Epsom, FujiFilm, HP, Kodak and Olympus all do printers designed for digital photography.

Tripods

If you are planning to take photos in low-light conditions without flash, you may want to invest in a tripod. Your camera will need a screw thread (usually located on the underside of the camera) in order to screw into the tripod. A cheaper alternative is to grab a small bean bag, put it on top of a wall/your car roof/other steady surface at right height, and rest your camera snugly on that while you take the photo.

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