Choosing a Digital Camera

Choosing a Digital Camera

Choosing a Digital Camera

Unless money is no object and you are the type of person who only wants “the best,” deciding upon the main purpose of the digital camera should be a first step in deciding what type of camera to buy.

After deciding purpose, you are now ready to decide what features to look for in a digital camera.  Do your homework.  Educate yourself as to what various features are available, and what each means.  Then, make a list of what you want in a camera.  This will help prevent over-buying, or purchasing a camera that lacks the overall performance you desire.

What to Look for When Shopping for a Digital Camera

Shopping for digital camera for the first time can be a confusing and daunting experience.  With so many models and features to select from, first-time purchasers often rely upon the advice of a sales person; someone who may not be all that knowledgeable about available products and features, or doesn’t know what the main function of the camera will be.  All of which are very important.

First-time purchasers also often make the mistake of purchasing a digital camera solely because of its appearance, brand name, or price.

There is a wiser method of determining which camera to buy.  First and foremost, determine the purpose for the camera.  Will it be for semi-regular personal use, to take photographs as a hobby, or for professional purposes?  Only after determining ‘why’ the camera is being purchased is it time to move on to what specific features are most desirable in a camera.

Maximum camera resolution is very important.  The resolution determines how many pixels make up a photo.  The term ‘Pixel’ is short for ‘picture element.’ Each pixel refers to a single point in an image.

Pixels are usually measured in horizontal x vertical resolution.  The higher the resolution is, the sharper the picture.  For the most part, higher-end cameras are capable of a higher resolution; lower priced cameras usually offer lower resolution capacity.

Because a higher resolution takes up more memory, most cameras offer several resolutions to select from.  If you want to e-mail photos to friends, a low resolution like 640 x 480 work’s fine.  If you want to print photos, a higher resolution is necessary for a clear picture that isn’t grainy.

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