Choosing a Digital Camera - the Basics

by : Matt

You're trying to choose a digital camera but you have found yourself caught in an endless cycle, almost on a weekly basis digital camera manufacturers are releasing new versions of their digital cameras or they're announcing the development of a brand new model of some sort that features the latest bells and whistles.

Digital cameras can be either cheap or expensive and with these gadgets you really do get what you pay for but the problem is: there are so many technical terms without so much as a little explanation as to what they mean or how they'll be useful to you.

So, let's take a closer look at few of these 'technical' features to see how you can use these to choose the best digital camera for you.

The first number you'll no doubt come across is the Megapixels number. This is a vital feature to how well your pictures will turn out. A megapixel is equal to one million pixels and this number determines the resolution of the photos you take with the camera. Cameras with higher mega pixels will take much clearer and better pixels and cameras with lower pixel counts will take less clear pictures.

Of course, the more megapixels your camera features the more expensive the camera is going to be. For the most part, many people can get by with megapixel counts that are not at the top. In other words, most cameras that are in the eight to ten megapixel ranges will take amazing pictures for the most part.

Your memory card is the next technical feature and this is exactly what it says, a card of memory. It's where your photos are stored until you're ready to transfer them to your computer or photo docking station. This one is easy, if you plan on taking a ton of photos then it's advisable to purchase a memory card with more memory or, purchase multiple memory cards. However, if you only take snap shots here or there, then you can easily get by with less.

The LCD size is another feature you may want to take into consideration when purchasing a digital camera. The LCD is the little viewer on the back of the camera. Most of these range between one and a half to two and a half inches with a few that venture into the larger realms. The LCD is where you can view your photos, some have editing features and you can also control some settings of your digital camera.

The final digital camera basic we'll go over today is the zoom. Most of the cameras on the market today feature both a digital zoom and an optical zoom. You'll see your best results with cameras that feature a higher optical zoom, as the optical zoom goes up, so too does the value of the camera.

Hopefully this helps a bit when it comes to your choosing a digital camera. The biggest thing to remember is that you don't have to go all out and buy the latest technology to be able to take amazing photos. So, try to choose the digital camera that best suits your needs and lifestyle.