Monday, October 5, 2009

Tips On Buying High Performance Digital Cameras

There are so many designs and brands of digital cameras that it can be confusing trying to buy the right one that will meet your needs. Here are some tips to help you decide which one is the best choice:
  • Before you buy a digital camera set a basic budget on how much money you want to spend. You should be realistic that you won't be able to get the best of every feature, as you may have to make some tradeoffs.
  • Your experience with the brands of digital cameras you have had in the past will influence your decision on which digital camera you will buy. There is no point in buying an expensive digital camera with more features than you will ever need.
  • For a novice you should buy a digital camera that is point and shoot so that you won’t have to worry about manually changing any settings. Digital zoom is not as important a part in buying a digital camera as you may initially think. Basically digital zoom means that the camera crops the picture down to a centered area with the same aspect ratio as the original.
  • You do not need the digital camera to crop the picture as you can do it better yourself after you take the picture. Additionally, buying a digital camera that includes an optical zoom can unnecessary increase the cost and weight of the camera. But, if you are a professional photographer you will want to buy a digital camera that offered you more manual control over the exposure process.
  • You need to consider what you will use your camera to capture before you set out to buy a digital camera. A fast shutter speed is necessary for moving subjects. You can also buy digital camera that has special features to enable you to take multiple pictures in quick succession for high-action pictures.
  • You want to be sure that the digital camera you buy has an Image Stabilizer to corrects camera-shakes, which result in blurry photos. Many digital cameras come with either Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) or Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). EIS corrects camera-shakes electronically, while OIS corrects camera-shake by moving the lens.
  • The resolution is another important feature of the digital camera. It determines the amount of detail in the image, measured in the number of megapixels in the image. Digital cameras with 5-12 megapixels produce good photo resolution. A professional photographer will certainly need a digital camera with higher megapixels.
  • The memory capacity determines how many photos can be stored on the digital camera’s hard drive. Most digital cameras come with low memory capacity, which can be increased by purchasing additional memory cards. When using a 3-5 megapixel digital camera, a 256 megabyte or two 128 megabyte memory cards are enough. If you want to shoot lots of high resolution photos with a 10-12 megapixels digital camera choose a memory card with storage capacity from 512 megabyte up to 1 gigabyte.
There are a number of helpful websites that give reviews on photographic products to help you decide on the best camera for your needs. You may also ask friends and family about their digital camera choices. Price comparison websites are also essential to help you buy digital camera at prices within your budget.

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