Finding your way around a digital camera can sometimes be a challenging task, particularly if it is a DSLR (digital single lens reflex), which consists of several switches, knobs, wheels and other options. However, the easiest way to get the best possible images from your camera is to understand how it works. A guide on how to use your camera is ideal in this respect, whether it is a print or online version.
Every digital camera should be provided with an information booklet which describes its main features and how they can be applied. In some cases, however, these instructions are superficial and will not provide as much information as the user may need.
Magazines There are so many magazines specialising in photography that it is not difficult to find one that reviews digital cameras on the market, emphasises their best features, and points out their weaknesses. If you are looking for a guide to your camera, it is worth checking to find one in a consumer publication.
Books A more expensive option are books that cover all digital cameras comprehensively. Although many of these books feature the entire range of cameras, they seldom specialise on one specific make, so should be regarded as a backup guide rather than a primary one.
The Internet is crammed with guides for every camera, although care should be exercised when using these so-called guides because they are seldom, if ever, the official versions. Personal websites cater to every model - again, these are usually subjective opinions on the cameras involved and should be digested as backup assistance rather than primary information sources.
Newsletters Some dedicated photography websites offer weekly or monthly digital newsletters in which they target subscribed members with respect to a specific topic. So, for instance, if you want information on a specific camera, the newsletter would update you on all the latest tips and news, and in such a way act as an informal guide to your camera.
The most secure source of camera-specific information online will come from the official manufacturers' website. So, for instance, if you want a guide to a specific Canon digital camera, the best option would be to visit Canon's website, search for the camera, and find out if they have a guide and, if not, whether you can acquire one.