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Buying a Digital Camera - Get it Right the First Time!

Jun 3, 2008
Most casual users of digital cameras will only ever use it for point and shoot occasions, rarely ever experimenting with all the different functions; this often leads to people buying something that doesn't suit their needs. Now that you are looking to buy a digital camera, do you know what to look for? Below are listed a few things that may be of assistance when you come to choose. The first piece of information is defining what you need and want in a camera.

Digital cameras have advanced enormously in the last few years with many clever features incorporated into them; buyers especially first timers become confused about what it is they are supposed to look for. Of all the options available, what would you ask for if you were going to buy a digital camera? In order for you to make an educated choice, I have compiled some areas that are generally looked at when deciding. The first piece of information is defining what you need and want in a camera.

Do you plan to only use this for occasional family and friend type photos? Once you have sorted this out you will have to think about how much you are prepared to spend on this new piece of technology. You will probably be downloading the images onto your personal computer so check to see if your pc is up to the task of printing and editing these images. You may want to consider buying your camera as part of a new computer system which would probably include all the software and a printer as well. Manufacturers usually do a deal with an image manipulation software company and supply it when you buy a digital camera, however item such as printers and special paper will need to be purchased separately

Your printer may be fine for letters but is it up to printing photos; something like this is another extra cost item but fortunately they have also dropped in price over the years. Although you may not print out poster size images, setting the megapixel resolution to its highest setting will ensure the prints are of better quality. If you intend to take more than a dozen or so shots with your digital camera then you will have to use external memory to increase the storage space. There are a number of card types - some of the latest the professionals use can store 32 gigabytes; all the most up to date cards have one thing in common, and that is they can all store hundreds of images even at very high resolution.

The more comfortable your choice is, the more likely it is you will use it. Take note of how easy it is to operate because although functions are important, if it isn't easy to use, it won't be! A point to remember when you are looking at buying a digital camera is what type of batteries it uses because ideally they should be rechargeable; they may cost a little more initially but can be charged 1,000 times so are very cost effective. When buying your digital camera, look for a large LCD screen version which many newer cameras have as standard; this screen allows for greater shooting flexibility in addition to making it easier to view them afterwards.

Many of the sub-compact versions have decided to do away with the viewfinder and concentrate on fitting the largest screen they can because people like using them. As functions go, the optical zoom is one of the most used and important of features on any model. The picture quality deteriorates if you use the digital zoom camera and generally isn't worth the bother once you have seen the image results. Remote controls and diopter adjustment are still quite rare but handy if you have them fitted although I would prefer to have a tripod socket if there were a choice. If you were unsure about certain aspects of buying a digital camera, I hope this brief article has helped with a few facts that you needed to know.
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