Digital Camera Buying Guide

With so many different digital cameras on the market today, buying the right one for you can be difficult. Some are small enough to fit in your pocket and others are so big they need their own carrying case or camera bag to fit everything into. Some are simple enough for a novice to use and others are so complex that you need a manual each time you use it. There are a number of tips though to help you find the right one.

Some people aren’t sure what a digital camera is. The difference between a digital camera and a film camera is simple.

Instead of capturing images on film, light sensors capture pictures and turn them into digital images on a memory card. The next thing a novice needs to know is what mega-pixels are. Without going into too much detail, that a lay person may not understand, here is a simple explanation.

What you really need to know is that digital images are captured in mega-pixels and translated into a picture. This determines the size of the picture when printed or displayed on a computer screen. The lower the number of mega-pixels, the smaller and less quality, the printed image will be.

Mega-pixels also determine the amount of information captured digitally. If you are just taking simple pictures, like those of people or close up shots, a smaller mega-pixel camera will be OK. But if you are taking action shots at a party or sports event, then you will want a higher resolution camera.

The first thing to consider when buying a digital camera is your budget. Digital camera prices range from under $100, right up to a couple of thousand dollars. If you have a set budget, even with a little flexibility, this makes your digital camera choice more manageable.

The next step is choosing which features you need. For beginners, a simple, easy to use camera, that automatically focuses can be a good choice. There are many digital cameras that are point and click, and these can be quite affordable. After this, you need to consider camera size. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles, then get one that is small and compact.

There are many different places to purchase digital cameras, both online and in local stores. A good idea would be to visit one of these local retailers first. There are many advantages to this.

One of them is that you can review a number of different products at the same time, compare features and prices over several brands. Another reason to go to a retailer before hand is that if you have any questions, whether it be about mega-pixels, features, or styles, there are sales people that can answer these questions.

Also, if you have any problems, then you can bring it back to the local retailer right away, and either get it fixed, or replaced without having to pay to ship it back to an online company.

Another way to compare prices and features is to go online to camera review sites. They have a variety of different models and brands, and compare their features, as well as their pros and cons. They also compare prices over many companies, so you can get the best deals.

There are also websites that explain in detail what digital cameras are, what they do, and what things you can expect to get from your purchase.

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