Digital Camera Shopping Essentials

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If you are in the market for a digital camera, you have many choices available to you. From basic point and shoot cameras to complex single-lens reflex cameras, there are many models to choose from. Panasonic, Sony, Nikon, Canon, Samsung and Fujifilm are among the manufacturers that make digital cameras, with in-store and online retail outlets vying for your business. Read on for some tips on how to some of the essentials for shopping for your next digital camera.

1. Basic, intermediary or advanced.
Clearly, the type of camera you want may depend on your budget and the kind of pictures you would like to produce. Basic point and shoot cameras offer decent photos and can cost under $100, while heavier and much more advanced SLR cameras can produce exceptional photos and cost you more than $2,000. In the middle of the pack are various DSLR cameras that cost from $500 and offer perhaps the best of both worlds: ease of use and great pictures.

2. Choosing megapixels.
Digital cameras store photos as a collection of pixels in a digital file, making use of a memory card that may or may not come with your camera. The more megapixels available, the larger the photos that can be produced. Most digital cameras sufficiently produce typical photo-sized pictures, but if you are looking to make posters or handle extensive cropping, then 8 to 10 megapixels or more is necessary.

3. Consider zoom range.
The more zoom available, the more you will pay for a digital camera. Almost all cameras have some zoom capability, enabling you to close in on a shot for a better picture. So-called super zoom cameras enable you to get at least 15x the zoom range. Some top out above 50x with optical zooms.

4. Camera size.
First-time camera shoppers are often overwhelmed by the choices available to them. Consider your photo usage and what works best for you. Subcompact cameras are ideal for keeping in a purse or a business bag, while compact models can be kept in a small camera bag. If you plan to do a lot of outdoors shooting, then look at cameras that are waterproof and designed to hold up under strenuous conditions. Finally, choose a super zoom camera if you insist on a professional look.

5. Speed matters.
You may find that the majority of your photos will be of your son’s soccer games or your daughter’s softball games. In this case you will want a camera with a shutter priority mode to allow you to choose your shutter speed. An aperture priority mode may be important to you too, one that enables you to refine your images. Specifically, aperture signifies the lens diaphragm opening inside your photographic lens, what regulates the amount of light your camera takes in. When you allow more light to reach in, the aperture compensates for shutter curtain traveling time.

6. Important considerations.
Lots of camera shoppers place a great importance on scene modes, ideal if you are looking to capture images in certain shooting situations including landscape, snow, twilight and more. Video, red eye reduction and a the type of viewfinder offered are other considerations. Speaking of view finders, some cameras come equipped with both an electronic viewfinder and an LCD display, the latter excellent for ease of focusing on a scene without requiring your eye to peer into the camera.

Camera Tips

Although you can buy cameras and related equipment online, you may want to investigate a camera in a store first. Pick up the camera, play with it and hold it for a while. Determine whether the camera’s shape, feel and weight are right for you. Lastly, when you are ready to shop, make sure that you understand what you’re getting for the price as some accessories such as lenses, the camera bag and the battery pack will cost you extra.

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Ken McDonald is a photography enthusiast who loves everything about digital cameras. He absolutely obsessed about the rivalry between nikon and canon dslr cameras. His current weapon of choice if the Canon 7D.

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