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Find the Digital Camera That's Right For You
Digital cameras range from tiny key chain cameras to large, multi-lens behemoths. Just stepping into the store and seeing the wide range of cameras is enough to make anyone turn on their heels and head in the other direction. But that doesn’t have to be the case.

Digital cameras range from tiny key chain cameras to large, multi-lens behemoths. Just stepping into the store and seeing the wide range of cameras is enough to make anyone turn on their heels and head in the other direction. But that doesn’t have to be the case. 

While technology has improved so much that there really isn’t a bad digital camera, there are cameras that have different features and specialities and are better at some types of photography than others. With a little bit of research you will be armed with the knowledge necessary to find the digital camera that’s right for you.

 

What Are Your Intentions

Think about what you will use the digital camera for as this will dictate some of the features that you will or will not need. Are you going to be taking action shots of the kids playing sports or will you be carrying it on a hike and capturing up-close images of the flora and fauna? Do you want something small and basic that you can just point and shoot, or do you want to have a lot of control over the lens and light? 

All of these things require different functions. For taking action shots, purchase a camera with an image stabilizer to prevent blurred images. In order to take crisp and clear close-ups, you need a high-zoom lens. If you want complete control, go with a DSLR camera that can be fitted with various interchangeable lenses.

You should also consider video and still images. Many digital cameras offer both options on one product. But, if you really want to take fantastic videos of high-quality, you may sacrifice on the quality of the still images. Focus on the cameras that have the best video quality, or the best still image quality, depending on what you are looking for.

 

Size Matters

While still thinking about what you will use this digital camera for, consider how big or small you’d like the camera to be. You may not want to bring a large DSLR camera on a 20 mile hike through the outback, just as you may not want a tiny pocket camera to capture the memories of a family or friend's wedding. 

The smaller the camera is, the more portable it is, but smaller cameras often do not have as many features and do not provide the photographer with much control. Tiny pocket cameras are usually just point and shoot.

 

Must Have Features

There are some digital cameras that come with many bells and whistles, practically allowing the photographer to do all the edits on the unit before the images are downloaded. Many cameras throw out a lot of fancy terminology like megapixels, image processors, LCD screens, and HDMI ports. At this point in your decision-making process, you should think about what features you’d like to have and which ones you can do without. There is no reason to buy a camera with features that you’ll never use as it’s a waste of money. 

 

Budget

Finally, your budget should be the deciding factor as to which digital camera is right for you. Most people think that the more expensive something is, the higher the quality. However, this isn’t necessarily true. Don’t pay for features that you don’t need or want, and if you don’t think you need anything fancy, then there is no need to buy the most expensive camera.

 

Once you figure out exactly what types of things you will take photographs of, what size digital camera you’d like, and the features you need, you should only have a couple of cameras remaining that are right for you. Simply, make your final choice based on the price tag, paying only what you can easily afford.

 

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