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Best Digital Camera - Not!

May 28, 2008
For many people the whole idea of buying a digital camera is confusing with so many to choose from. For someone who is dedicated then they may spend quite some time researching consumer reports to find the best digital camera. Eventually saving enough money to buy that eye-popping, 10 megapixel, 10x optical zoom with up to a sixteen gigabyte expandable memory using super hi-speed SD memory card and of course, very compact; which we hope be the envy of almost everyone we know. By the time we actually go to the mall armed with our life savings, we pass by a new display with an all new model that has even more mega pixels, and larger expandable memory, with built it microphone and video playback with stereo sound and 22 scenic modes.

Just when you thought you had it all worked out you have to reassess your needs knowing that you won't be happy unless you have this new 'best digital camera' model instead. The best digital camera is now going to cost you considerably more and being new there aren't any discounts to be had. Before you rush off and buy your digital camera, there are a few tips I can pass on about buying one. First off try and search out a model with a higher number of pixels, referred to as mega-pixels; you ideally need over 5 although with today's cameras it would be hard to find one under that anyway.

Although it is not always the case, a good rule of thumb is the more pixels you have the better the image will be when it is printed. Color depth and the ability to enlarge the image sometimes up to and beyond poster size are the two main reasons for higher megapixel cameras. Good quality models are now using large LCD screens around the 2.5 inches area which is great for viewing them afterwards and for framing the shots perfectly. Making adjustments to the photo you have just taken is just one of the many functions now incorporated into good digital cameras helped by having a big LCD screen.

So go for the biggest display you can but keep in mind that you would be advised to carry spare batteries as large screens drain the power faster. Most digital cameras have a digital zoom but an optical zoom is always better. Low spec cameras that only cost a fraction for their quality cousins will only have a digital zoom; unless you really aren't at all fussy about your shots you would be well advised to stay clear of buying a digital zoom only camera. As there are so many types of storage card available you will have to ensure you buy the correct one.

There are different types of memory card: like the xD, SD, Compact Flash, Memory Stick being the main ones. As the large megapixel cameras use a large amount of memory then purchase the largest capacity card your camera can use within your budget. Whereas a few years ago a large storage card would be somewhere in the region of 128mb to 256mb, it is not uncommon to use cards with 4 gigabytes or more of storage now. After all is said and done, the best digital camera you choose should match your lifestyle as much as it should your pocket. If you enjoy taking shots with your new toy and use it regularly then that is all you can ask from a camera isn't it?
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