Monday, September 7, 2009

digital versus film cameras

A question we are often asked is whether digital cameras are better than film from a printing viewpoint. The short answer is yes. The output does not need to go through a second process to convert it into digital form which is how most printing is now done. Until about 3 years ago a digital camera which produced as good a result as a film camera was significantly more expensive, but that is no longer the case. From a professional point of view the absence of archival standards is an issue - you don't want a file becoming corrupted - but the answer is to store back-up copies of important images in more than one place and in more than one file form. When it comes to quality of result the basic principle is the higher the megapixels the better, beyond that consumer test guides produced by organisations worldwide are recommended as to which make and model to get. New film cameras are rapidly becoming history, although film and processing facilities for the millions which are still being used will continue to be available for a long time to come.

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