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If You Own a Digital Camera, Do You Need a Computer?

A digital camera is not a stand alone item, but rather part of a system that is, essentially, part of living technologically in the 21st century. Most cameras come with software for downloading your images to a computer, but this software is not usually very sophisticated. To have any real creative control over your pictures, you will want to purchase platform compatible software that will help you mange your images and make them easier to find. The software also helps you edit pictures and even "stitch" pictures together if you have a camera with a panorama option.

Know your platform before buying. Most cameras are now compatible with both PC and Macintosh computers, although the software they are bundled with might be better for one than another. The connection for downloading is also important, and most digital cameras have either serial connection of USB, although USB is much faster for downloading images. Many require Windows 98 or above. If your camera uses a PC card for storing images, you may have to purchase an adaptor for your computer.

Some cameras have a wireless capability, or more commonly a USB connector to transfer photos to your computer. Once the images are in your computer, use your software to edit, email, or post images to a website.

Some cameras will connect directly with your printer. If you plan to print your own pictures, there are printers of various sophistication that can make your pictures more clear. You can also take your memory cards in to photo processor to have prints made for as little as 23 cents a print.

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