These days, those old film cameras are virtually obsolete, and for good reason. Digital cameras make it possible to do much more with photography than you ever before dreamt possible.
What’s more is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to get your hands on a high-quality digital camera. As a matter of fact, there are so many types, brands, and price points on the market that just deciding between your options can be quite the task.
Need some help making your next purchase? Here are some pointers for how to choose the right digital camera:
Digital cameras can cost anywhere from less than a hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. Therefore, setting a budget should be your first priority, as your budget will greatly narrow the gap where your options for the right DigiCam lie.
A megapixel is one million pixels. A pixel is a unit that “records” the color and light it “sees” whenever you snap a photo, in order to contribute to the overall picture.
It takes millions of pixels to create a single image, and the more pixels you camera uses, the more detailed (clearer and more realistic) your photos will be. Digital cameras may come with anywhere from one to over twenty megapixels.
The number of megapixels you need depends on the size of the photos you plan on producing – the larger the photos, the more megapixels you will want.
The greater your zoom, the better your pictures will be at a distance. Optical zoom can range greatly from camera to camera, so be sure to take note of zoom, and evaluate how important it is to you in your digital camera purchase.
Always look for Optical Zoom, digital zoom is insignificant as it bursts your pixels & degrades picture quality. Besides, images can be easily zoomed digitally, via your PC.
Optical Zoom v/s Megapixels
No doubt Megapixels are a decisive point in choosing the right digital camera, but Quality matters more than Quantity does.
Optical Zoom decides quality of each pixel.
If a camera has 10 megapixels but these pixels are of low quality, then a 7 Megapixel camera with good quality pixels can be better.
A camera with 10 Megapixels & Optical Zoom 5x, may be better than a camera with 8 Megapixels & optical zoom of 3x.
DSLR v/s point and shoot
DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera) cameras are larger, more expensive, feature changeable lenses, that allow the user to manually adjust the settings, have faster shutter speeds, and can generate professional-quality photos (given you know what you are doing).
Point and shoot cameras are smaller, lighter-weight, less expensive, and easier to use than DSLR cameras. However, your options are slightly limited when it comes to picture quality and settings.
If you are an amateur in photography, go for a Digital point-and-shoot camera. However, once you know the art, try your hands on a complex, black & ugly DSLR 😉
The lens quality is fundamental to the quality of your photos. Read online reviews to discover which cameras and brands offer the highest quality lenses.
Stick to reputable camera manufacturers, rather than electronics manufacturers that just so happen to make cameras, too. Go for a Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus, Kodak has gone Bankrupt :p
Digital cameras have many on-board modes that allow for some variety in photo-taking, before you ever even get to using the editing software, from video mode to panoramic mode. Size up a camera’s mode options before making your decision.
Here you have a great start for things to consider before you purchase a new digital camera. Keep these factors in mind when creating your must-have list, and then shop around for the camera best suited for you.
About The Author:
Rosendo Guetierrez is an amateur photographer who enjoys cell phone cameras, digital cameras, and old-fashioned cameras to create different effects. He also specializes in photos recovery and helps others who have lost image files.