What Digital Camera to Buy? Tips to Help You Decide...

By: Ralph Serpe
Digital cameras are available in a variety of different sizes, colors,brands, zooms, resolutions, etc. The features are endless. There are somany features available in today's cameras that many first time buyersbecome overwhelmed and have no clue what digital camera to buy. So what should a beginner digital photographer look for when buying their first digital camera? In order to answer this question let us pose a few more: WHAT KIND OF PICTURES WILL YOU BE TAKING? This is an important first step in deciding what digital camera to buy.If you are planning on becoming a professional photographer and will betaking high quality shots to possibly sell, any old digital camera willnot do. You will have to pay careful attention to the types of featuresyou will need like resolution, megapixels, zooming, etc. If you are a casual photographer and simply want a descent camera toshare with friends and family then you may not need a bunch of fancygadgets and features. WHAT IS YOUR BUDGET?No matter what your needs and wants are as a photographer your financeswill ultimately dictate what type of camera you can afford. Set abudget and stick to it. WHAT RESOURCES WILL YOU NEED? Depending on the digital camera that you purchase, you may needadditional resources to use it to its full potential. If you plan ondoing any photo editing or printing, you will need a computer and aprinter that is compatible with your camera and software. The editingsoftware is usually included with your digital camera but other deviceslike memory cards are usually not.WHAT RESOLUTION WILL YOU REQUIRE ON YOUR CAMERA? Before you buy your first digital camera make sure you learn more aboutits capacity to produce high quality images.

This is determined by thenumber of megapixels the camera has. The more pixels, the higher theresolution. This is important because you want your images to retaintheir quality when you enlarge them. HOW MUCH MEMORY WILL YOU NEED? You will need a memory card for your digital camera in order to storeyour pictures. When you buy a digital camera, make sure it has a cardslot for external and additional memory. This allows you to change fullmemory cards conveniently while shooting your pictures.WHAT ABOUT THE LOOK AND FEEL OF YOUR CAMERA? Buy a camera that you are comfortable holding while taking pictures. Sobefore you actually purchase your digital camera, make certain that youactually pick up and test each camera. Consider where the buttons arelocated and how they are spaced out and see also if you feelcomfortable using the view finder. See how heavy it feels around yourneck as well.WHAT ABOUT THE BATTERY LIFE OF YOUR CAMERA? Digital cameras use up battery life rather quickly and batteries arenot exactly cheap. Make sure you purchase a camera that usesrechargeable batteries, this way you can get multiple usage out of yourbatteries. Take also into consideration an AC adapter when you buy adigital camera. You can attach this to the camera when you are viewingyour pictures or uploading them.WHAT ABOUT THE LCD SCREEN?The LCD is a small screen usually located on the back of the camera.You can use the LCD screen instead of looking through the traditionaltiny viewer. The LCD screen also enables you to preview pictures thatyou have already taken. There is a drawback to using an LCD screenhowever, as it does use up a lot of battery power. DO YOU NEED ANY SPECIAL FEATURES? You should consider whether or not you will need any special featureson your camera. This all depends on what type of pictures you plan ontaking. If you want your camera to have good zooming capabilities, youcan opt for those with optical zoom lenses. Other features such asremote control, tripods, etc. can also be considered when you buy adigital camera. Be careful though. The more features you have on adigital camera, the more difficult it will be to figure out and use. With this information I do hope you will be able to figure out what youneed before you buy your digital camera. I feel the most importantthing is to be patient. Take your time shopping and researching. Learneverything there is to know about the features of digital cameras andwhat you really need. Once you narrow down your choices to a few different modelsComputer Technology Articles, look forthe best possible price. There are many different camera sellers onlineand off. But don't buy a digital camera from just anyone. Make sure theseller has a good customer service history as well as good prices. Bestof luck in figuring out what digital camera to buy!ý

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