3 Things To Remember When Buying A Digital Camera

Digital cameras are everywhere now, they have totally dominated the photography world and it is hard to think what life was like before them, but they can be hard to shop for at times. These cameras are crammed with so much technology now that you need to wade through lists of acronyms and hyped up blurb trying to figure out what it all means before you can make a choice. Below are some tips to help you pick your perfect camera:

Stop checking the megapixels: Megapixels are hyped up too much, what most people don’t realize is that above about 8 megapixels then the only difference it will make is to the size of the photo, not the quality, and therefore how much you can zoom in if you are editing it etc. So if you want to print huge photos in A3 size or more, or you want to do really involved photo editing and need the pixel depth for that, then by all means go for a larger megapixel camera. If you won’t use your camera for that though, then as long as they are over 8 megapixels then use other features to compare the cameras instead.

Don’t get sucked in by the total zoom: With digital cameras then you have two types of zoom, digital zoom is just where software in the camera zooms in on the scene, optical zoom is where the lens moves out from the camera to actually zoom in more. Most cameras will quote you ‘total zoom’ though which is the two numbers multiplied together, but that can mask a camera with poor optical zoom. For example, if you had a camera with a low optical zoom like 2x, then you could give it a large digital zoom like 10x and still get 20x total zoom, the same as a camera with 5x optical and 4x digital zoom. So you can now see why you need to look at the optical zoom figure for a camera before you buy.

Not trying them out: Don’t forget that while the spec for a camera may look great on paper, then when you get hold of it you may hate it, the menu might be tough to navigate, the LCD screen may be hard to see, it might be too small or have far too many settings etc. All these things you can only find out by actually getting your hands on one and trying it out. To do that pop into an electrical store and ask to try a display model out, usually they will be more than happy to oblige, and then you can find out what it is really like.

Those 3 tips will help you to avoid the common pitfalls when camera shopping, so you can find a camera which you are comfortable with and one that will give you fantastic pictures for years to come!

If you are going on holiday then consider getting a pink waterproof digital camera to liven things up!

May 30, 2010 В· admin В· No Comments
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