Choosing a Digital Camera – Essential Facts
Shopping for a digital camera can be a nightmare. The enormity of the different specifications, strange-sounding terms and features available makes it even harder to choose a digital camera just so you can take a few happy snaps.

Shopping for a digital camera can be a nightmare. The enormity of the different specifications, strange-sounding terms and features available makes it even harder to choose a digital camera just so you can take a few happy snaps.

Before you go shopping for a new camera, think about the specifications you really need. This will save you money, as you may not need all of the fancy features available. You’ll also save yourself some stress, as you won’t be so tempted to buy something you really won’t need.

Here are some of the major features you might want to consider.

 

Megapixels

One of the biggest marketing tools used by camera manufacturers is the number of megapixels a camera has. Even some of the really cheap cameras have resolutions of more than 10 megapixels. 

Most people assume that a higher resolution, or bigger megapixel number, will give them better photos. The reality is, anything over about 4MP or 5MP will still give you a clear picture resolution.

Higher resolutions than will simply cost more money, and are probably better suited to a photographer. If you’re buying based on budget, look for a digital camera with lower megapixel resolution.

 

Auto Focus

Blurry photos are no fun at all. Yet, with the auto focus feature, your camera will do the focus work for you. Your photos will be clear and focused without having to worry about manual focus. Check that the digital camera you want has this feature.

 

Flash

The majority of cameras have a built-in flash these days. This is ideal for taking photos at night or in dim light. Check if the camera has a setting that allows for automatic light sensing. This way, the flash feature will turn on automatically as the light dims and you won’t miss a photo opportunity while you spend time turning on the flash manually.

 

LCD Viewing Screen 

Trying to frame your photo subject in a small viewfinder can be tricky. Yet, most digital cameras have a small LCD screen on the back. This lets you see your photo subject more clearly and give you a reasonable idea how the photo will turn out before you even take it. Larger screens make it easier to capture the right photo more easily. Smaller screens might be a little more difficult to see, but they’re still much better than trying to aim for your photo using a viewfinder peephole.

 

Image Stabiliser

Nobody can hold a camera completely still all the time. Shaky hands can create weird effects in a photo. Trying to take pictures when you’re travelling in a car or on a train is even harder. 

Digital cameras that feature an image stabiliser help to stabilise those movements. This makes it easier to take clear holiday photos. This feature is also good for taking pictures of moving subjects.

 

Compact Digital Cameras

If you only want a new camera to take photos of family, special events or an upcoming holiday, a low-cost compact digital camera will create great photos for you. Your memories are stored and you’ll have clear pictures to show for your efforts.

Many compact digital cameras are small enough to fit into a pocket or handbag very easily. The lens should retract, making the overall camera size even smaller, and protecting the lens at the same time.

If you choose a compact digital camera that has a decent megapixel resolution and some automatic features built-in, you’ll take some great photos with no problems. However, if you’re an enthusiast or a budding amateur photographer, you may want to consider something a little more advanced.

 

SLR Digital Cameras

SLR Digital Cameras allow you to remove the standard lens and replace it with a different lens. SLR simply means “Single Lens Reflex”. 

Professional photographers may prefer these cameras, as they can use wider lenses or special feature lenses to create cool effects. For the best possible photo clarity, professional photographers will also want a high megapixel resolution of 10MP or higher.

 

Overall, no matter what your needs are, be sure to research your options first. Check what features you really need in a digital camera. Work out how much you can afford to spend. Then compare prices of the cameras available in that range. You’ll soon find it’s quite easy to choose the right digital camera for your needs.

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