Factors To Consider When Buying A Camera
Manual Vs Automatic
Zoom And Lenses
When you are looking to buy a digital camera, you will find you have a large selection from
which to choose and there are many factors to consider as well. There are many options and accessories available
for cameras today; however, there are some basics to consider when deciding the best digital camera for you.
Use - You will need to consider your planned use for
the camera. If you are an aspiring professional photographer, or plan to use the camera for your business, you may
need to consider a more expensive camera with more options than you will if you are planning to use your camera
solely for family photos.
Manual Vs Automatic - Deciding whether to
purchase a fully automatic or manual digital camera depends upon your intended camera use. Again, if you are
planning on a business use for your camera, you may need to look into manual options such as focusing or aperture
adjustments; however, if you are a novice or just using it for personal use, a fully-automatic camera will likely
be your best option.
Megapixels - This is another important thing
to consider when you're evaluating cameras. Megapixels are how digital camera resolution is measured and there is a
big range in today's digital camera market. You will want to consider what types of pictures you will typically be
printing. If you only use them online and you rarely print anything bigger than a standard 4"x6" picture, you can
probably get by with lesser megapixels. However, if you are doing commercial photography or business prints, you
may be considering prints that are up to 11"x14". This would require a 6.0 megapixels or higher camera. Again, your
needs will help you determine the minimum megapixels you will want to consider when purchasing a digital
Batteries - There are a wide variety of
battery types in today's digital cameras. There are digital cameras that take standard AA batteries and there are
digital cameras that come with a rechargeable battery. Rechargeable batteries can be expensive but will last much
longer than standard batteries since they are rechargeable. However, it is important to consider your plans for the
camera. Do you plan to travel internationally with the camera? If so, you may want a camera that does not require a
power source to recharge the batteries since you will have to worry about conversion kits and surge issues with
your rechargeable battery. However, if you do not plan to travel, a rechargeable battery can be economical. No
matter what type of battery you choose, if you do not use the LCD screen on your camera to view your photos
frequently, you will extend your battery life. The LCD screen is a very common battery drain.
Memory - You will also want to consider how the
pictures are stored. Check to see if there is an internal memory or only an external memory card. You may also be
interested in what size the memory cards come in and whether they are standard in size so they are easily
downloaded to your personal computer or a photo lab computer for editing and printing.
Zoom And Lenses - If you are interested in having
the ability to zoom in on your subjects then a good zoom lens or the option to purchase an additional zoom lens for
your camera may be a consideration. A camera that allows the option of additional lenses can be a good buy because
it allows customizing of the camera to your needs as they change. This could include the addition of great zooming
capabilities or even a panoramic lens. Cameras that allow for interchangeable lenses are typically more
Video Options - Many digital cameras come with a
video option. If you are interested in being able to video short clips directly from your camera and not have to
worry about a separate video camera, you may want to look into these multi-use digital cameras. Though they are not
as high quality as a standalone video camera, you can still get nice digital clips with some of these cameras.