How to Buy the Right Digital Camera, at Just the Right Price!

Jul 15, 2009
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Before shopping for a digital camera carefully consider the purpose the camera will be used for, as well as resolution, memory, connection requirements, and how much you are willing to spend.

Before shopping for a digital camera carefully consider the purpose the camera will be used for, as well as resolution, memory, connection requirements, and how much you are willing to spend.

Learn digital camera jargon

If you aren’t already familiar with term such as resolution, memory, compression, etc. the time to familiarize yourself with digital camera jargon is before shopping for one, not during or after.

By knowing exactly what you want and setting a price range ahead of time, you avoid the lure of unnecessary features you may never use or spending more than you can afford.

Higher resolution and camera quality are closely linked

If you want a digital mainly for the purpose of taking family photos, a lower-end model might be all you need. Even then, consider resolution capabilities; the higher the resolution, the higher the quality of the photo.

Consider the memory space

Consider also memory space; the higher the quality of photo taken, the more memory it consumes. Cameras that convert photos to a JPEG file format on the memory card will enable you can take and store more photos before memory is used up.

If you are a beginner, you will want to also consider ease of use when making a digital camera purchase. Opt for a model that will be easy to operate and feels comfortable in your hand, with features such as automated flash. More experienced photographers will most probably desire more picture-taking options and greater user control.

Powerful optical zoom for close-ups

If you plan on shooting a lot of close-ups you will want a camera with a powerful optical zoom; at least a 3x.

Decide whether you want your camera to hook up to just a PC, or whether you want the option of notebook computer compatibility, or viewing photos over the television.

Look at how much you’re willing to pay

Now that you have narrowed down what features you most desire in a camera, take another look at what you are willing to pay, or what you can afford. You may need to make camera feature or cost adjustments.

For instance, if you must stay in the $200-$300 price range, and picture quality is of the utmost importance, you might have to forgo some of the optional features you wanted for a model with higher resolution (megapixels).

Online digital camera research

Do research on-line for digital camera models, features, and prices before making your purchase. This will help insure you have a realistic idea of what is available, and in what price ranges. Take note of top consumer choices, and reviews.

Even if you decide to buy online, visit stores that sell the name brand and model of the digital camera you have decided on; stores that allow customers to handle the cameras. Decide how the camera feels in your hand; clumsy, or comfortable? `Play` with the features, and take special note of the LCD screen.

Even if you don’t think you need one, an LCD screen comes in handy, so be sure it is easy to see and shows good detail.

Does the camera use a rechargeable battery pack? If not, the purchase of rechargeable batteries and a re-charger for a camera that requires standard batteries might be wise. Remember, digitals require a lot of power. You don’t want to risk missing out on great shoots just because the batteries died.

Once you have decided upon a particular model, shop around for the best price. Check on-line, and for sales in electronics stores. Oftentimes you will discover that purchasing a digital on-line will offer a greater selection for a better price.

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