The classical film-based photography had been widely used for decades. Film Cameras were used by large section of the population, as well as by photography experts. However, in the last few years the film camera lost its leadership in this market, and the modern digital cameras took over.

Once digital cameras’ cost has declined to a reasonable threshold, it became dominant in the market of photography. The emergence of digital photography introduces many advantages that made it suitable for usage by professional as well as by armatures.

Firstly, digital cameras are now very cheap. You can find such cameras even in cell phones. This made digital photography easy to use. You do not need to carry with you a camera, as it is with you at all times, along with your cell phone. Even more complex and developed digital cameras still maintain low price compared to film cameras.

A significant advantage of digital camera is the avoidance of the need to develop and print the photos in order to enjoy the results. Instead of waiting for the photos to be ready for you to fetch from the specific store, you merely can view the results at real time on the camera screen, and can later on view them on you PC. This enables you to sort them quickly.

Storage of the pictures is another aspect you may think of as an advantage. You do not need physical storage such as albums. You merely keep the vast amount of pictures on your PC, or on a disk-on-key. In the era of cloud computing, and virtual social communities on the internet, there is no easier way than the digital format to store and share your photos with others, on the net.

A most important advantage is that digital picture can be edited and processed very easily. Features like cropping, rotating, brightness control and color control are available to everyone. Even experts that need to manipulate photos can do many processing actions such as digital filtering, contours, sharpening, and so on.

In terms of quality, the digitally captured pictures are not inferior to optical film-based pictures. Any regular digital camera can now support very high resolution (8 or even 12 Mega pixels) which made it suitable also for professional photography and for very large printings.

The large adoption of the digital photography, as was described here, was driven mainly by the easy and convenient usage of these cameras. The low cost, and the vast manipulating capabilities made it most appealing to everyone.

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The author owns B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering, an M.Sc. degree in Interdisciplinary Engineering, and an MBA degree.

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