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by Phil Ball

Q. I’ve been using a one-time-use film camera for occasional photos of family get-togethers but it is getting harder to find places to develop my film. Any suggestions for a digital camera?

A. Digital cameras have come a long way and they will take better photos as easily as your throw-away camera. While it is easy to get overwhelmed by all the functions that they offer, all you need to do is to turn the camera on and push the button, just like your one-time-use camera. Later, you can learn about the extra functions, if needed. After the shots are taken, you can take the camera’s memory card with your images to the local drugstore or mart and insert the card into their machine. It will show you all your photos and you can pick and choose only the ones that you want which saves you from having to pay for prints of those not-so-good ones that we all get.

In as little as an hour, they will hand you the package of prints. You can use your computer to store your images if you want but if you don’t have a computer, you can still get great photos with digital. Since you said that you only use the camera occasionally, I would suggest that so you might want to choose a model which uses AA batteries. Rechargeable batteries are a hassle for only occasional use but AAs are ubiquitous and can even be found at the convenience store on holidays.

Published: Courier 11/14/10 - Page 5C