How To Compare Digital Cameras

What are the three most important features to look at when comparing digital cameras? They may not be as obvious as you think. Believe it or not, the number of megapixels is not one of them. Amidst all the marketing propaganda and technical confusion there are a few simple things to consider. Any good salesman will be sure to point them out. Any guesses yet? When considering which digital compare is best for you, be sure to keep the following in mind.

At one time megapixels would have made the top three, probably even the number one factor. Due to the rapid advance of digital photography, that time has come and past. Any camera with more than 5 or 6 megapixels will be more than adequate for the average (and higher) photographer these days. Compound that, with the fact it’s virtually impossible to buy a new digital camera with less than 5 megapixels and it becomes a non factor in your purchase decision.

The number one consideration when comparing digital cameras, is your own skills and desires as a photographer. What do you value most? If it’s ease of use, portability, and reliability then you probably want to be looking at the ultra compact lineup of digitals. This class of camera take some pretty good images, but are easy to take along just about anywhere, and even easier to use. They have minimal camera settings to fiddle with, and don’t mind sharing the bottom of your backpack with whatever paraphernalia you have stashed there. Cameras like the Olympus Stylus 790SW would serve you well.

If image quality, good control layout, and some manual adjusting is more your priority, then have a look a the compact class. Cameras like the Canon PowerShot A570IS would fit the bill here. They’re slightly larger than an ultra compact, but come equipped with a better zoom lens, and more control over your picture taking process. Battery life is often better, as rechargeable battery packs is an option with this group of cameras. High resolution LCD and optical viewfinders are often both available with these cameras. It’s good to have both options for framing pictures.

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, image quality is and should be a high priority. Try out each camera at different by taking pictures at different ISO settings. A reliable salesman should be able to show you how to adjust ISO, if your not sure. Take a look at the the quality of the images. Typically as you shoot at higher ISO settings image noise (distortion, artifacts) begin to show up. Uploading the pictures to a camera can help with this comparison.

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