Things you Should Know Before Buying Digital Camera

20th July, 2008
digital cameras
jay smith asked:


If you are looking to buy a digital camera, you should properly educate yourself about all the different aspects of digital cameras. There are many types of digital cameras out there all with different features, so you should first ask yourself a few questions before actually spending several hundred dollars on your big purchase.

1. What exactly are you going to be using the camera for?

2. Will it be used as part of your job or will you use it for recreational purposes?

3. Should you buy a mini digital camera or should you look for a standard size digital camera?

4. How much money are you willing to spend and what is your budget for your digital camera expenses?

Remember, the camera itself is just one part of the cost; you still need to pay for batteries, computer cables, and memory and media types for storing your pictures and video.

Some other things you should keep in mind when trying to select a suitable digital camera are the weight of the camera and the look and feel of the digital camera. If you need to take the digital camera with you during your daily routine or job, you should make sure that it will not get in the way of whatever it is that you need to do. Another important aspect of digital cameras that you should be aware of is the zoom function.

There are two basic types of zoom, optical zoom and digital zoom. Optical zoom is the type of zoom where you press a button and the lens physically moves around in order to zoom in or out. This is the zoom method that you are probably the most familiar with. The other type of zoom is known as digital zoom.

Digital zoom is a new method of zoom that has been introduced with the invention of digital cameras and does not rely on any moving parts. It basically crops the photo you take and then enlarges it, which in effect creates a type of optical zoom effect. Generally speaking, you should try to use optical zoom over digital zoom, since digital zoom reduces picture quality by a great deal in most cases.

If the reason that you want to buy a digital camera is for recreational purposes only, you should consider the option of buying a mini digital camera. Generally speaking, mini digital cameras are not as powerful as your standard size cameras, but they have several advantages. Obviously, they are portable and very convenient to bring along with you on your travels. Most mini digital cameras will fit in your pocket without a problem, whereas standard size digital cameras can be quite bulky and awkward to carry around at times.

Another benefit of having a mini digital camera is the fact that they are great to show off to your friends and family. They make great conversation starters and if anyone sees you taking a picture with a tiny digital camera, odds are that they will stop to chat with you a bit about the price and specifications of your camera. Finally, mini digital camera accessories are a bit cheaper than standard sized accessories so you can expect so save a bit of money when buying your accessories.



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