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Things To Know When Buying A Digital Camera

Aug 28, 2008
Lets say you wanted to replace your old but reliable unit with a digital one. But you are not really sure which model to buy because there are a lot of units out there to choose from. You are not really that familiar with the features since your old camera doesnt have much purpose except to produce a photograph just the way you shoot it.

There are many things to consider when buying a digital camera. Out in stores are hundreds of products from different manufacturers that, aside from taking producing quality photos, can actually do so much more like recording video with sound and playing it back, or editing your photo.

The first thing that you will have to take a look at is how many pixels it can produce in one single shot. Of course this is not that important for people who just want to capture those good moments in their life. But it will eventually matter when they see the photo print. If theres one edge a conventional camera has over its modern counterpart is the print quality.

Photographs taken from common digital cameras tend to lose clarity. This is where pixels play an important part. A three mega pixel camera can take quality photos. But if you like to get the best photo print then its best to get a camera with higher mega pixels. Lens zoom also plays a major part. You may see models that say 12x zoom, but its actually 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. You may ask, What is the difference?

An optical zoom makes use of the units lens in order to take a closer shot while a digital zoom only expands the object and focus on the part that you want to shoot. It does not really give you an image in full detail but only a part of it taken from the whole.

Most digital cameras if not all have LCD display aside from the eyepiece. With this display you can take great photos even when you are looking at your surrounding you just have to look at the display and shoot. But its worth noting that some models displays dont really show the exact scene that will be captured. So it is still best to rely on you eyepiece for precision shooting.

Extra features are staples in any digital unit. So look for models that have lots of them. Since these digital units are basically point and shoot, they must have multiple shooting modes that will assist the photographer to get great shots on different conditions. Modes include night mode (for evening shots), sports mode (for shooting moving objects that require faster shutter speed), landscape (for shooting distant objects) and close range mode (for portraits).

Finally, it is now time to check its usability. You may find some models that pack in a punch when it comes to pixels and features but only finding out later that you are having a hard time telling which button is for which function even after reading the manual twice. A good digital unit should be easy to use even though it has lots of features.
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