Choosing the Right Digital Camera

By: teahupoo
Getting a digital camera is a wise investment because it allows you to take a very large number of photos without having to develop them or use any film, among many other benefits. However, with so many on the market today, it is very hard to choose a camera that will fit your needs. Here are a few tips to help you in your decision making.

The first and most critical factor in choosing a digital camera is resolution. Basically, resolution is what makes your pictures sharper, larger, and less blurry. Digital cameras' resolution is measured in megapixels, so pay attention to that information while shopping for a camera. Naturally, the higher the megapixel count, the more expensive the digital camera will be. On a good note though, the technology for digital cameras is getting cheaper every year, so what is top of the line in cameras this year will be within your budget next year! You should always try to get the best resolution that you can afford.

The next factor is the optical zoom feature. This is different from digital zoom! Digital zoom only makes objects appear closer by slicing off the edges around the photo and expanding the image. This technique can actually cause lower resolution. Pay attention to the optical zoom feature of the camera, and make sure it works well for you.

The next thing to consider when shopping for digital cameras is size. Many professional photographers use larger, bulkier, and much more expensive digital cameras because they have lots of features, can change lenses, and take excellent zoom shots. These types of cameras are coming down in price, but the best ones out of these are still around one thousand dollars apiece, accessories not included. So depending on what you want to do, you may want to consider a smaller, more personal sized digital camera.

The high end, more compact sized digital cameras can still make your checking account hurt for a while, but along with them you get the accessories and other essentials you need to store and print your photos. Also, you can take the smaller cameras wherever you go.

After you have chosen your camera, make sure to investigate any opportunities to extend the warranty, so you are not caught by surprise on the unhappy occasion where you lose or break the device. Also, you will definitely want to purchase a carrying case, a battery charger, and a special memory flash drive to store larger amounts of pictures. Some of the best digital cameras also have a large screen that flips out to the side; you can see more clearly what you are taking a picture of.

In conclusion, remember the reason why you want to buy a digital camera. If you find one that meets your needs and makes you happy, then you have made the right choice.
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