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The cam­era, whether a com­pact or on a mo­bile phone or as a we­b­cam on a PC, is no longer just a de­vice to take pic­tures of land­scapes, hol­i­days and por­traits. You can put your cam­era to in­no­va­tive uses and cut down on daily has­sles. Plus, the top cam­eras in the mar­ket to­day.

Tak­ing pic­tures is no longer a mag­i­cal show where you en­vi­ously watched the pho­tog­ra­pher peer into his ma­chine, fid­dle with the fo­cussing ring, glance ex­as­per­at­edly at the sun and the shad­ows and at the ex­po­sure me­ter in his hand, take a sec­ond look through the viewfinder and then de­ci­sively press the but­ton to cap­ture the scene for eter­nity. The ad­vent of dig­i­tal cam­eras has sim­pli­fied this mys­ti­cal pho­to­graphic ex­er­cise to a point-and-click process that is within the com­mon man’s reach.

Thus has the cam­era be­come a ubiq­ui­tous part of mod­ern life. And be­cause the imag­ing de­vice is al­ways so close at hand, whether as a com­pact or on a mo­bile phone or as a we­b­cam on a com­puter, it can be put to more uses than just click­ing beau­ti­ful land­scapes or can­dle-strewn birthday cakes or self-con­scious por­traits. Cam­eras can ac­tu­ally help you with your daily tasks, im­prove your pro­duc­tiv­ity, help you con­tend with some daily peeves and gen­er­ally make life a whole lot eas­ier.

The first thing, of course, is to get your hand on an imag­ing de­vice. There is a con­fus­ing ar­ray of them out there. If you don’t know where to be­gin, here is help.

G&G brings you the low­down on the best cam­eras avail­able in the mar­ket and the in­no­va­tive uses to which you can put them.

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