Digital Camera Selection

Selecting Your Digital Camera

 Some things to consider before deciding which camera is best for you 

  •  For what purpose will you be using your camera?
  •  How much are you prepared to spend?
  •  What features are most essential to you? 

 For what purpose will you be using your camera?

  • What is the usual type of photos you will be taking?
  • Will you be using your photos for a specific purpose?
  • Will you be shooting fine detail, such as close up of small articles?

If you are just beginning to learn the art of digital photography and will be shooting mostly fun photos of family and friends etc. The best selection is a basic digital Point & Shoot type camera, such as a Kodak EasyShare, Canon Power Shot, Olympus F series, or a Nikon Cool Pix. Less expensive cameras can be found but the finished product may be a disappointment to even the beginner. A minimum of 6-8mega-pixels is suggested for a product you can be proud to show and give to your family and friends. You can find bargains on the Internet on sites such as EBay or Amazon etc. but be sure to purchase an extended warranty on used or refurbished models. If no Warranty is offered it's best to pass on a used digital camera. New price range  app.$200.-350.

If you are wanting a camera that will meet specific needs, you may need to  step up the quality of your camera and go for a 10 mg. or better camera. If you need to be concerned with clarity of image and blow-up or crop ability of image this upgrade will be essential. For purposes such as publishing to the Internet a 8-10 mg camera will meet most any need you will have. If however you are interest in submitting photos for print publication, you will find that most require a minimum of 10mp while some require 12mp or better. New price range app. $350-650.

Most Point & Shoot cameras such as these will have a focal length of 3X - 5X . This tells you how close you can get to your subject while holding the camera in a fixed position. The longer the lens extends, (the higher the x factor), the more closely you will be able to zoom in on your subject. The higher the mega-pixel and the longer/higher the x factor the more sharp your pictures will be from a distance and the better you will be able to focus on close up items.

The more attention you give to buying the best quality you can afford with the highest mega pixel and focal length, the more pleased you will be with your purchase and the better quality image you will be able to produce.

Keeping all this in mind have fun shopping and may you have many years of rewarding photo memories.

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