The Digital Photography Quiz

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Why did Williard S. Boyle and George E. Smith win the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics?

They figured out how to record images electronically instead of relying on film.

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What does CCD stand for?

CCDs (and their CMOS cousins) are the light-sensitive sensors that capture images in digital cameras.

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How long did it take Boyle and Smith to devise plans for the first CCD?

They were confronted by a supervisor and told to do something fast, otherwise they'd lose project funding.

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What is most commonly regarded as the smallest unit of digital images?

Digital images are made up of many small pixels; together, the pixels can make up crystal-clear images suitable for enlargements.

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How many pixels are in there in a megapixel?

Consumer digital cameras often prominently display megapixels right on the box.

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Megapixel count is the most important factor to consider when shopping for a digital camera.

Camera marketers use megapixels to tout cameras, but a variety of other factors are just as important.

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Changing the ISO setting on your camera alters what?

As with old-school film, a higher ISO number typically works better in low-light scenarios.

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What is the most common image storage format in digital photography?

The JPEG format employs clever compression techniques to store more images with little loss in image quality.

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What is a often a side effect of using a camera's highest ISO setting?

The noise (or grain) is typically most visible in darker areas of the image.

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An employee from which company often gets credit for inventing the digital camera?

President Obama awarded a National Medal of Technology and Innovation to Steve Sasson for his work on digital cameras.

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How much time did Sasson's first camera need in order to capture a single image?

And the images were stored to cassette tape.

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Which company manufactured the DS-1P, which was the first digital camera aimed at consumers?

It was the first to save images to a removable memory card but never actually sold on the market.

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In what year was the Fujifilm DS-1P demonstrated at an industry trade show?

With 2MB of capacity, it could only store 10 images, at maximum.

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To what capability does "FPS" refer?

The "frames per second" rate refers to the number of still images a camera can capture in a single second.

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What is a defining feature of DSLR digital cameras?

A digital single-lens reflex camera lets you use everything from small portrait lenses to huge telephoto zoom lenses.

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The first Sony Mavica digital camera was essentially what?

It basically snagged single frames of digital video and stored them for later viewing.

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What was a major drawback for many early consumer digital cameras?

Early versions often required a few seconds for startup, meaning picture opportunities might disappear before you could shoot.

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Which digital image file is sometimes called a "digital negative?"

These files allow the creator to tweak fundamental properties of the image with minimum loss in quality.

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What revolutionary capability did the Kodak EasyShare include?

Unfortunately, there just wasn't much use for this feature in 2005.

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How much did the first DSLR camera cost?

It was made by Kodak and required the photography to lug a hard drive on a shoulder strap.

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In what year was a consumer digital camera finally available to buyers in the United States?

The Dycam Model 1 (also sold as the Logitech Fotoman) cost $1,000 and took awful pictures.

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When batteries died, what often happened to images stored on the earliest digital cameras?

Without power, your images would simply slip into the digital abyss.

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How did Kodak capitalize on the fact that its engineers created the first digital camera?

Kodak is notorious for missing out on much of the digital revolution.

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In what year were the first JPEG image format standards created?

Decades later, JPEG is still the most universal digital imaging standard, used in myriad products.

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The Casio QV-10 was the first consumer digital camera to have which feature?

The rear LCD screen gave photographers an instant view of the pictures they captured.

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In 1994, which company sold a digital camera called the Quicktake-100?

It had a resolution of 640 x 480 and was probably the first truly successful consumer digital camera.

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Which company sold the world's first (sort of) affordable DSLR?

The $6,000 D1 revolutionized the idea of what professionals and consumers could do with digital cameras.

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What was the subject of the very first digital image sent from one cell phone to others?

Inventor Philippe Kahn sent the image in 1997.

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Digital image storage media does not degrade over time.

Physical media always degrades, meaning you should make multiple copies of important pictures.

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The Nikon D90 was the first DSLR with which capability?

Since then, the HD video features in DSLRs have exploded in popularity, among both amateur and professional videographers.

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Digital imaging is a profound shift in the way we humans capture and share pictures. How much do you know about digital photography?

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