If you’re in the market for a new digital camera, it can seem like there are an infinite number of cameras out there to choose from, which can be overwhelming for someone who’s just a hobby photographer. And it’s true, there is a huge variety of cameras, to fit virtually any budget or need, from the very basic point and shoot cameras to the professional DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses and all the bells and whistles. These are some of the more important things you should consider when preparing to purchase a new digital camera.
1. What Type of Camera Do You Want?
There are two main types of digital cameras. The point and shoot cameras are the most popular ones. These are relatively simple, portable cameras with stationary lenses that cannot be switched. These cameras offer mostly pre-programmed auto modes, but some cameras may have some manual controls. These cameras are lightweight and small, often able to fit easily into a pocket or purse. You can find point and shoot cameras just about any price range, and most are very reasonably priced.
The other kind of camera is the DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex). These cameras are bigger and heavier than point and shoot cameras, and they have lenses that are interchangeable. DSLR cameras are produced with larger sensors that allow for better performance in low-light settings. As expected, these cameras are considerably more expensive than point and shoot cameras.
2. The Purpose of the Camera
What do you intend to use the camera for? Your purpose may determine what kind of camera you should buy. If you want a camera for general use, for things like taking pictures of your kids, you probably really don’t need a DSLR. A point and shoot camera will suffice. However, if you use a camera professional photography, or want to take really high-quality pictures, then you should investigate the DSLR cameras. You’ll pay more for a DSLR, but you’ll get those high-quality photographs that simply aren’t possible with a point and shoot camera.
3. Megapixels and Zoom
Once upon a time, megapixels were the most important thing to consider when buying a camera. That’s no longer the case. Megapixels describe the resolution of a digital image. The higher the megapixels, the higher the resolution of the image, and this is something to look for, but other features, such as the zoom, are just as, if not more, important for the quality of photographs. Look for a good optical zoom feature (not the same as the digital zoom) in a camera in order to get sharp images that are full of detail, without losing focus as you zoom in on the subject.
4. Other Essential Features
There are a number of other popular features to look for in a camera. If you plan to use your camera to shoot videos, you should look for a camera capable of full HD. A camera with multiple shooting modes is great if you take pictures in a variety of settings. For example, the burst mode will allow you to take multiple shots, one immediately after the other, without sacrificing quality of the pictures, which is a great feature for action shots. A macro mode will allow you to take detailed, close-up photographs of small items. Look for the largest camera sensor possible in your price range, as the larger sensors offer better camera performance in low-light settings. More information on specific features can be found by reading about Digital Cameras Online.
You’ll need some accessories for whichever camera you choose. Invest in a quality camera bag to protect your camera, and most digital cameras require memory cards for storing photographs. In addition, you might find items like an extra battery to be useful, so that you never have to stop taking photographs when a battery dies.
6. The Size of the Camera
You should pick a camera that is sized comfortably for you. Cameras range in size from tiny enough to fit into the palm of your hand, to as bulky and as heavy as camcorders. If you want something small enough to drop into a pocket or purse, choose a smaller camera. However, if you don’t mind a heavier camera, there are plenty of options to choose from with that size, too. Try it before you buy! You may think you want a particular size of camera, but by looking at different digital camera models online, you might find you prefer a bigger or smaller one.
7. Your Budget
Decide how much you’re willing to spend on a new camera, and stick to that budget. Don’t let a salesperson upsell you a camera that you don’t need or want. Decide on the features that you must have on a new camera, and look for something that provides quality and is in your price range.
Buying a new camera doesn’t have to be the daunting process that some think it is. Factoring in these considerations can help you make an informed decision on a camera, and get the best value for your money.