Getting to Know Your Camera
In order to take a photo, there are many different things your camera needs to take into account, such as focus and exposure. Most of the time, these things will be set automatically by your camera. However, you'll sometimes need to make manual changes to the settings to get the best possible photo.
Cameras come in many different shapes and sizes, so the exact buttons and features will vary. However, there are a few basic parts that almost all cameras have.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about the basics parts of a digital camera:
Your camera may have a Menu and/or Mode button. Press this button to change various settings on your camera. For example, you can use your camera's menus to switch to video mode or to select a scene mode.
Digital cameras have an LCD screen that you can use to frame your shot, view the photos you've taken, or navigate through your camera's menus.
When you're viewing a photo, you can press the Trash button to delete it.
You can press the Play button to view photos you've taken. While you're viewing photos, you can use the Zoom buttons to zoom in. This will allow you to see much more detail and determine whether your photos are in focus.
Many cameras have a scroll wheel that you can rotate to scroll through the photos you've taken, or to navigate through your camera's menu.
You can use these to zoom in or out before you take a photo. These buttons will often be marked W (wide) and T (tight). On some cameras, there will be a dial around the shutter that is used for zooming.
The Shutter button is the button that you press to take a photo. Most digital camera have a two-stage shutter button, which means you can press it halfway down (to lock in the focus or exposure) or all the way (to take a photo).
In the images below, you can see that the camera on the left has some additional buttons. Your camera may have a different layout, so you should consult your manual to learn about which buttons your camera has.