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Are you wondering how
to buy a digital camera? When looking for a digital
camera, you need to think of the features that are most important
to you. This is the most important rule of how to buy a digital
In other words, do not get fooled into buying a camera with tons
of great features and a really high resolution if these are things
that do not actually matter to you. If you are not going to use
any features and you cannot tell the difference between different
resolutions, do not pay more to get such things!
That being said, here are some more tips on how to buy a digital
• Consider buying it online. It is nice to be able to talk
to a real live person at a store, but realize that many of these
people are being paid commission. When you shop online, you can
research the different cameras easily (there are plenty of reviews
of cameras, both buy professionals and consumers online). You can
also easily price compare and make sure that you get the best price.
Also, you never even need to leave your house!
• Consider the resolution. For all intensive purposes, a 3
megapixel resolution is probably just fine. Of course, a higher
resolution is better, especially if you plan on printing out large
photographs or cropping your photographs a ton.
• Consider size. Is it ultra-important to you that your camera
fit snugly and unnoticeably into your breast pocket?
• Consider memory. The more memory the better. Of course,
you can always get better memory later. This is good, especially
since most cameras come ready with a card that has very little memory.
You must buy extra memory.
• Think about the features. If you are not much into setting
up your photographs, then you definitely do not need a camera that
has a manual function. If, however, you plan on taking lots of close-ups,
make sure that you have a macro feature. A landscape feature is
great for landscapes, etc. Red-eye reduction is excellent if you
will be taken lots of photographs of people (of course, many photo
software will help you take care of red eyes, but why give yourself
more work for later?)
• LCD viewfinder. The newer, more expensive cameras have larger
and better LCDs. These can be very nice, but you need to decide
whether or not such a thing is important to you.
• Video. Many digital cameras now allow you to record live
action (even with sound), as well. This can be a major benefit.
Realize, of course, that such filming will take up a lot of space
on your memory card. Also, the camera has a limit to how much it
• Before buying a digital camera, it is a good idea to take
or at least see a few photographs taken with it (and directly compare
those photos to ones taken by another camera). Then you can compare
quality and accuracy of color, “noisiness” or “graininess”
of the images, sharpness of the image, etc.
• Take a look at the power source. It will use either rechargeable
batteries (ones that are specially made for the camera) or A or
Now that you have a better idea of how to buy a digital camera,
go out and buy one!