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MSU tech experts offer free buyer's guide for digital cameras

December 13, 2006 -- By Carol Flaherty

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BOZEMAN -- Thinking of buying a digital camera for yourself or a family member? You can download a free buyer's guide checklist from Montana State University's Extended University Web site.

The checklist helps buyers prioritize the camera features they'll need, and also clarifies some of the technical specifications, such as whether optical zoom or digital zoom is better, and how many megapixels you'll need for printing various types of photos.

The two-page checklist, available for download in PDF format, was written by technology specialists in the Burns Technology Center, which is part of MSU's Extended University. The outreach group specializes in how technology and education intersect through applications such as videoconferencing, multimedia educational modules on the Web and distance learning.

"Many consumers choose a camera based on price, but a more important factor is how you will use it," said Ritchie Boyd, Extended University's assistant director for educational technology. "For example, if you shoot casually at home, you may not need many fancy features. If you're shooting for business, you might give more consideration to resolution and whether the camera has a burst or continuous shooting mode, which gives a high frames-per-second rate."

To download the fact sheet, go to http://eu.montana.edu and look for "Spotlight's On" or request a paper copy by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to MSU Extended University, ATTN: Camera Tips, PO Box 173860, Bozeman, MT 59717-3860.

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Walt Banziger (406) 994-6326 or wbanziger@facilities.montana.edu