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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

An Introduction to Buying a Digital Camera

By Tony Macarthur

Digital cameras have advanced enormously in the last few years with many clever features incorporated into them,many buyers just aren't interested in experimenting with these functions. If you have definitely decided on buying a digital camera, what would you want its specifications to be? To help you make this decision some hints and tips are discussed below. The most important question you need to ask yourself is: what sort of photography do you intend to use the camera for?

Determine what kind of pictures you want to take with it especially if you are a digital photography enthusiast because not just any model will do. The financial outlay is always an important aspect even if you only want a basic model. Some people like to manipulate the images on their computer but this is only possible with more modern home computers.Some computer outlets can supply complete computer systems that include a digital camera, printer, software and other accessories, so you can be 'up and running' very quickly. Manufacturers usually do a deal with an image manipulation software company and supply it when you buy a digital camera, however item such as printers and special paper will need to be purchased separately.

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.

Try to buy a model with an optical zoom which usually start with 3x power, The picture quality deteriorates if you use the digital zoom camera and generally isn't worth the bother once you have seen the image results. When you buy your model also buy a tripod of any description, because even table versions can be very useful especially if you want to get in the shot. With this information, you can now figure out what you really need and want before you buy a digital camera.

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