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Buying a Digital Camera

Is There a Built-In Microphone?

SUMMARY: A digital camera microphone can provide added benefits to your photo taking.

One often-overlooked feature of digital cameras is a microphone. You may want to consider purchasing a digital camera with a microphone, as doing so (depending on the digital camera) may provide you with two interesting features:

Voice Memo or Voice Annotation: Some digital cameras let you describe your photographs either right before or after the shoot, allowing you to describe the location, environment, weather, or whatever for posterity. This can be very useful in managing photographs if you're like me and take hundreds of them on trips.

Movie Mode with Sound: Some digital cameras let you take small movies, complete with sound, and process them into AVI or QT (QuickTime) files. I've taken small movies of waterfalls, animals, fountains (Buckingham Fountain), downtown skylines, fireworks, and more. These aren't as impressive as movies taken with a video camera, but it beats lugging another device with you on trips!

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