Thinking about buying a digital camera?
If you are thinking about buying a Digital Camera, make sure to read through some of these suggestions before going ahead. Digital cameras can be found in many many shapes, sizes, colors, and brands. There are also multiple zoom lenses, accessories, playback modes, and just about anything else you can imagine, so it can get a little confusing for a casual user. Because of this, I have outlined a few tips to help you choose the right Digital Camera.
1. Always Try Before You Buy
If you don’t already have a digital camera make sure you try before you buy, get a feel for the unit and make sure it is small/big enough, has a good build quality and the right functionality for your needs.
2. Get the camera with the right resolution.
When SLR cameras ruled the professional photography market, it was unheard of to purchase a 10mp camera for casual use, but now it is possible. The Megapixel is a measure of the image quality within the photo taken. Each dot in a picture is a pixel, thefore the more pixels the camera can fit into the picture, the higher the quality and resolution of the shot. I would suggest 3 or 4MP cameras are suitable for casual or home use, and 8-10MP plus for more professional work.
3. Make sure you have enough storage on your SD card.
When you take a photo, it needs to be stored somewhere! The quality of the camera will affect the size of the image file once taken. A 128MB SD card will store on average 113 photos from a 1MP camera, 60 from a 3MP camera and 38 from a 6MP camera, so buy a memory card that is suitable to your usage. My recommendation would be at least a 512MB card which will allow enough room for you to also store video.
4. Ensure you find suitable protection for your camera.
Once you have bought your camera, make sure that you have adequate protection for it. The delicate nature of these items can mean water, dirt or scratches can severely affect the performance of the unit. A solid camera case will also protect your purchase from any minor knocks or bumps, and increase its durability.
We will soon be going into more advanced digital camera tips, but for now enjoy your purchase and get snapping!