How to Operate a Digital Camera

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Buttons on your digital camera do not have to stir fear and anxiety. It is actually pretty difficult to delete a photo on your camera accidentally. What follows here is a simple overview that can get you on your way to operate your digital camera.

Step 1

Power on your camera and look at the back of your digital camera. There are several buttons. Locate the menu button, a delete button and a mode button.

Step 2

Locate and push the arrow buttons on your digital camera to explore how they function. Some scroll through pictures and play them back for you, while others will make more menus appear on your screen.

Step 3

Find a photo you wish to delete on your digital camera. When you are absolutely sure you have the correct photo, push your "Delete" button. A confirmation message will appear to reduce the possibility you will accidentally delete a photo. Ensure you do not select "Delete all" on this menu.

Step 4

Explore the playback mode. This mode offers choices such as a slideshow or thumbnail view while the top button can offer frames. If you have a zoom, you can also click this button to zoom in on a digital photo. This will not affect the printout of the picture.

Step 5

Pushing the menu button will give you a variety of choices such as recording, setup and other functions. Push the right button to advance and down button to select. Scroll to exit to leave the menu or just click "Menu" again. Be sure the proper boxes are checked, especially for features like anti-shake or red-eye reduction.

Step 6

Push and hold a round button located on top of your digital camera for up to eight seconds to take a digital photo. Repeat a few times until you adjust for lighting, distance and activity level.

Step 7

Ensure your batteries are charged or that you have fresh batteries if you are using disposable AA batteries, as these will be quickly used up. The battery meter is found on your view screen to the left or on the top of the readout. You may wish to use rechargeable AA or AAA batteries.

Step 8

Push gently, grasp with thumb and forefinger to remove your memory card. Insert into a reader or printer for download onto your computer. It is acceptable to use more than one memory card, in fact, it is a good idea. If you are going on vacation, bring along at least two memory cards, a charger or an ample supply of batteries.

Step 9

Charge your battery in its cradle or using the plugs provided, especially if you know you have an event coming.

Step 10

To use your camera as a video camera, make this selection first on the menu. Depending on the manufacturer, you may have to turn the dial to a video camera or select the choice from an on-screen menu.

Step 11

Add a special touch such as "night" or "scenery" photography by setting the dial to that setting or set it up in the screen menu ahead of time in your digital camera. (usually accessed by pushing "Menu").

Understand that the number of pictures you can take varies with your memory card. This information is often displayed in the screen when you are about to take a photo. Keep in mind video takes much more space photos alone.


  • Practice using your camera and getting comfortable with it and its settings before the need arises. Take pictures both at day and night and in different lighting so you know what the results will be.


  • These are general guidelines. Consult your camera manual for exact details and instructions or diagrams.

Items you will need

  • Digital camera
  • USB cable
  • Computer
  • Software

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