Buying a digital camera can be confusing but with this information you should be able to determine what you need.
If you are determined to join the 21st century and have your own set of prints that look like they are straight out of a magazine like your friends, then it is time to put down the 35 mm and pick up a nice shiny new digital camera. With increasing megapixel technology, you can get sharper images and action portraits that you can use to adorn your walls in place of art. However, you are going to need the right camera to achieve the perfect prints, and in that case, you will need to know how shop for the best on the market in your price range.
An obvious place to start is by looking at various consumer ratings on different digital cameras and compare customers overall satisfaction with major brands such as Sony, Fiji, HP, and Kodak. There are many great online consumer websites that offer you all the pertinent details of a camera such as flash, megapixel, screen resolution, speed, and editing tools alongside the ratings individuals who have used the camera have assigned. Learning about all the details of a camera and then reading actual consumer reports on the camera can help you decide if it is going to fit your specific needs.
If you are new to the digital camera world, it may be a good idea to head over to Best Buy or other local mass market technology outlet and pick up a few digital cameras from the display case so you can get a feel for what the cameras can produce. Many stores allow you take practice prints so you can access the flash and experiment with various lenses to see if the camera is capable of capturing the portrait prints you are aiming for. Just as older print cameras are capable of producing a variety of results, so are digital cameras and you want to compare the results to make sure you purchase the camera that best suits your needs.
After you narrow down your choices through experimentation, you may want to check out the online information and specific consumer ratings that surround the cameras in question. Using online web sources is also an excellent way to find out the lowest price on each camera which is a factor that will no doubt affect your eventual decision. It is also a great idea to ask your friends about the price of their cameras and their overall satisfaction with their cameras. This can additionally give you real life information and satisfaction reports to help you make your final decision.