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Monday, April 27, 2009

An Introduction to Buying a Digital Camera

By Tony Macarthur

The vast majority of digital camera users will not even use half of the functions it contains,buyers especially first timers become confused about what it is they are supposed to look for. So what are the things to look for if you want to buy a digital camera? Probably the most important thing you need to determine what functions are important in the camera you choose. Are you looking to take portrait photos or will you predominantly shoot landscapes for example.

Will this be purely for casual use for special occasions, for example? Even with the overall reduction in cost and improvement in abilities and design during recent years, the cost is still something to factor in. If you are using you home pc to carry out photo editing you will need to think about whether your pc is up to the task. Some new personal computers come with a digital camera as part of a package, this may be worth considering. Fortunately you won't have to pay for the image editing software when you buy a digital camera but if you are after a printer or cartridges, these will be an extra expense that will have to be catered for.

Most people with computers will have a printer but you must check to see if it can be used for printing photos. The megapixel resolution of the camera will ideally need to be adjusted as high as it will go if you want to produce decent size images. some have a small built in memory as well. The storage capacity of some current storage cards can go up to 32 gigabytes,some require a card reader for a high speed connection to your pc.

Before you buy it is good idea to test and check if you feel comfortable holding the camera and using it. Some come very well equipped but are awkward to use which, in today's world, there is no excuse for. A point to remember when you are looking at buying a digital camera is what type of batteries it uses because ideally they should be rechargeable,long term it will be less expensive to use this type of battery. Some people buy their digital camera purely on the size of the screen,this allows you to frame the image better and you can also preview the pictures you take.

Of course many are doing away with the viewfinder altogether as it saves space but it means it is relying on the LCD screen which is a drain on the batteries. this will be the most useful function you have. Despite the huge digital zoom power that many cameras boast, the images are never that clear. Remote controls and diopter adjustment are still quite rare but handy if you have them fitted although I would prefer to have a tripod socket if there were a choice. With this information, you can now figure out what you really need and want before you buy a digital camera.

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