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Getting to know your camera

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.

back view of a digital camera with functions labeled

Components and functions

ComponentFunction
On/Off buttonTurns 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 buttonPress 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 switchThis allows you to switch between the different modes of the camera - still photograph, video clip, or view photos.
LCD monitorView 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.

Watch more Art and Design technique videos in the Photography section.

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