Although some settings differ on digital cameras, most have the same basic functions. The diagramme and table below show the most common components [Components: The working parts of a product or system. In electronics: a part in an electronic circuit. ] and functions.
|On/Off button||Turns the camera on and off. Some digitial cameras will have a power-saving mode that automatically turns the camera off when it's not in use.|
|Shutter button||Press this to take a photograph. Most cameras have an auto-focus function that is operated by holding the shutter button half way down. You then press the button all the way down to take the photograph.|
|Mode switch||This allows you to switch between the different modes of the camera - still photograph, video clip, or view photos.|
|LCD monitor||View your shot and playback photographs and video clips. You can also change the settings of the camera using the LCD monitor.|
For more on basic camera functions, watch this video from the Bitesize Art and Design section.
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