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Get Into Photography With Leica Digital Compact Cameras

Leica has been making cameras since 1914 and they are good at it! Cameras have changed vastly in that time and you can find a fully operational vintage Leica or you can find an easy-to-use point-and-shoot by browsing Leica digital cameras on eBay.

Digital versus film

There are people who insist that film cameras are the best, and in the early days of digital this was true. However, today, digital cameras have superior camera technology and the best digital cameras easily parallel high-end film cameras. Add to this the ease of use, the ability to take literally thousands of images (compared to 24 or 36 film photos before needing to change the film for another, quite expensive, spool), the ability to selectively print only those images you like, and to have them printed at any size you like and the case for digital photography begins to make its own case. Leica digital cameras are just as good as their film counterparts and make excellent starter cameras for beginners.

What does DSLR mean?

DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex and it refers to cameras that are digital versions of SLR cameras which were film cameras. The SLR bit means that the image is captured by being reflected off a mirror inside the lens. The main point about DSLR cameras is that they can have interchangeable lenses so you can take macro images (extreme close-ups), regular landscapes, and portraits of zoomed-in images, depending on which lens you have mounted at the time.

How to choose the right camera?

When you are browsing digital cameras for sale it is easy to become overwhelmed. Make a list of features that you need, such as:

  • Spare lenses.
  • Ease of use.
  • Internet or Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Compact design.
  • Other accessories like spare batteries, camera straps, or light hoods.

Once you have narrowed down your 'must-haves' the next step is to make a list of the models of Leica digital cameras that meet all your preferences, and begin to look within those categories. There will be time to move to a different skill-set, once you have mastered the basics.

How to care for your camera

Your lens is always the most delicate part of your camera and a scratched, cracked, or dirty lens will affect every single photograph you take. The body, too, must be kept intact as even the tiniest crack can let in light that can destroy your carefully-composed images. Get into the habit of always using the wrist strap, replacing the lens cap as soon as you have taken a photo, and using a sturdy camera bag or wrapping the camera in something soft for carriage.

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