What To Consider When Buying A Digital Camera

There are so many different types of digital cameras available with such a multitude of features that choosing a camera can be overwhelming. This is especially true for shoppers who only have a casual interest in photography or are buying a gift for someone else. The following are some questions that can help guide the selection process and narrow down the options.

First of all, it helps to think about when, where, and how the camera will be used. For example, a portrait photographer, who takes close-up, indoor shots of people, and a travel photographer, who takes mostly outdoor shots of landscapes, will need cameras with very different features. Other important considerations include how much the user wants to learn about photography and how much he or she wants to spend. Having this information ready to share with a camera salesperson will make the buying process faster and simpler.

Another thing to consider is what kind of prints the camera needs to produce. A photographer who wants to print posters or anything larger than a standard-size photo print may want to get a camera with at least 16 megapixels. For regular prints, 4 megapixels is usually plenty to produce a high-quality image.

When establishing a budget, it’s important to make room for extras that are important or at least desirable to have and may add to the cost. These include a camera case, an external flash, memory cards, lenses for a DSLR, filters, and a tripod. Some of these things may be packaged with the camera, but they may not be the size or the quality that a good photographer needs.

One more thing to think about is the quality of the zoom lens. There are two different types of zoom, optical and digital. A digital zoom makes a picture bigger by increasing the pixel size, but the resulting shot may look pixelated. An optical zoom is like the zoom lens that comes with a film camera. The higher quality image produced by an optical zoom lens may be important for photographers who work at a distance.

These are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a digital camera. See more info online about specific cameras and their unique features.