Using and Maintaining a Digital Camera – Safety Precautions to Consider

As pieces of electronic equipment, digital cameras carry some inherent risks if not used or maintained properly. Damage to the electrical components or accessories with a digital camera could lead to fire or to a malfunctioning or broken unit. Use these tips to properly maintain, use, and protect your digital camera.

–Only use an AC adapter or battery charger that is designed specifically for your make and model of camera. Substituting electrical equipment made for other models could void your warranty and cause damage to the unit.

–Only use rechargeable batteries that are specifically recommended and approved for your device. Using an ill-fitting or overly powerful battery pack could cause damage to the circuit board.

–Make sure any cables you use with your unit — AC adapters and USB cables especially — are free from nicks and cuts. A damaged cable could cause a fire.

–Do not try to fix the interior components yourself. Simply opening the camera case likely will void your warranty and could result in permanent damage to the camera.

–Remove the batteries if you will not be using the camera for a week or more, especially if the batteries are empty. Fully discharged batteries are more likely to leak acid, which would damage the camera.

–If the camera does not charge properly or seems to “start and stop” when charging, consider sending in the camera in for repair. You may have a short inside the camera, which could cause damage to the camera.

–Do not expose the device to extreme temperatures or water, unless your particular model of camera is designed for harsh conditions. In addition, avoid exposing the camera to sudden changes in temperature.

–Avoid using the camera in high humidity conditions, which could cause condensation inside the camera body, leading to damage to circuitry or the LCD.

–Never remove the battery when the camera is in operation or is storing photos. Suddenly removing the power source while the camera is working could cause damage to data or could damage the circuitry.

–Avoid storing the camera for extended periods of time in areas exposed to strong magnetic fields or electromagnetic radiation. Such exposures could damage the LCD or affect the camera’s circuitry.

Nikon Coolpix L26 16.1 Mp Digital Camera

When Nikon entered the photographic industry back in the 1960s, more than once the cameras were compared to Rolls-Royce-built cars that were tough, yet could handle with the best on the road and, indeed, a lower-cost version called the Nikkormat debuted that was, if not a Rolls, a good strong Cadillac that could share lenses, filters and films.

In the hands of a professional photographer, either camera turned in quality shot after shot with no problem. Notice though, the use of the word professional. Even though the Nikkormat was aimed at the advanced Amateur photographer, the best results were still achieved by the pros.

That’s why Nikon’s move into the point-and-shoot category, bringing its technology with it, is a welcomed addition to the low-end of the photographic field. Imagine having a camera with a three-inch LCD photo monitor that, when combined with the 5X built-in zoom, allows even the newest beginning photographer to shoot exactly the image he or she wants and when it is put on line, it looks like it was taken by a pro.

Credit that to Nikon’s built-in, easy-to-use electronic systems that handle all of the changes such as speed, F-stop and/or whether or not to use the built-in strobe. The Nikon Coolpix L26 features the multi-feature Nikkor glass zoom lens that can take macro shots as close as four inches from the lens to the 5X zoom that gives the photographer a wide range of freedom.

The three-inch rear monitor in this 1.7 by 3.8 by 2.4-inch camera – that weighs in at 15 ounces is a key to the capability of the L26. Because it is a high-resolution device one can frame a picture and then reframe it as needed quickly. The Smart Portrait mode automatically retouches photos one has taken by enhancing the facial images and enhancing them even further. Also, the electronics in the L26 include a sophisticated auto stabilization package that enables steady, shake-free photos even at long lens settings.

The L76 shoots at native mode 726p – high-definition – so that one can, depending on the size of the microSDHC memory card installed, shoot high-definition movie clips that include sound and which can be used on a high-definition monitor. Because this is a point-and-shoot model, aimed at the lower end of the camera market, there is very little as the L26 handles everything for you. Nikon believes in letting the camera do the work, one finds all of the modes are automatically set. They include: Portrait Mode;; Landscape Mode; Night Settings; Close-up Settings; Easy Mode.

The Coolpix L26 gives you all these modes and turns out professional grade work. Indeed, a pro might just want to carry one of these digital cameras along as a spare, just in case.