So Which Digital Camera Should You Buy? Compact Digital Camera Shopping 101
While some people might find the existence of the digital cameras somewhat redundant since cellphones and smartphones with cameras are already available, there’s still something professional and beautiful about a picture taken from a digital camera when compared to the quality of a cellphone camera selfie or Instagram photograph of food.
When it comes to finding which digital camera is the perfect fit for you, there’s a myriad or even a plethora of quality digicams out there waiting to be bought by you. They create more options for artistic expression compared to your average smartphone, to be sure.
Telltale Signs That You Are Getting a Quality Digital Camera
- Picking the Right Camera Type: There are many camera types to choose from that have their own respective specialties and benefits that you’ll surely adore. Despite popular notions (misconceptions, really) to the contrary, no two cameras are alike, even from the same brand. So which digital camera should you go for? It depends on what you need. Are you undergoing a photography class and you’re required to have some sort of camera that can take macro shots or shots in motion? Then you should get a Digital Single-Lens Reflex or DSLR Camera. You should get an automatic or even disposable camera if all you want to take are vacation photos. This is a good example — (Canon Digital Single-lens Reflex Camera Eos70d)
- Picking the Right Camera Model: As for camera models, there’s quite a plethora of them as well. If you’re a dedicated hobbyist, you should know all of them. For the hobbyist wannabe, the big names for the cream of the crop camera models typically include Kodak, Sony, and Canon. Don’t get too confused by them, since salesmen are there to assist you in picking the right digicam for your budget. They should be able to recommend one or several models that should make a fine purchase for most any scenario and whatnot. A compact digicam, in particular, has quite a lot of benefits to look out for. This is a good example — (Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera)
- General Specs You Cannot Do Without: The specs and features that are most appreciated by both beginner and advanced photographers include cameras that are at least three megapixels (to ensure clear pictures with high resolution whether you develop them or keep them in your PC), costs under $300 (they’re affordable enough yet aren’t low-grade by any stretch of the imagination), and have at least a 3X optical zoom. Furthermore, your digicam should be able to run of AA batteries so that you won’t have to go to a specialty store to buy other battery types; the grocery should have all the batteries you need. This is a good example — (Sony W800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera)
Sharp, Quality Pictures: This is the most important and essential aspect of a camera that you should take note of. If a camera is unable to take quality, sharp photographs with high resolution at all, then it’s automatically a failure as a camera. It’s like a cellphone that can do everything but allow you to call other phones. Photographs depend on the megapixels of the camera, but also the way it captures what you’re photographing, how good its lens is, what sort of filters your lens might have, and its ability to shift in terms of depth of field and whatnot. This is a good example — (Samsung WB350F 16.3MP)
- The Simplicity of a Point-and-Shoot Camera: Advanced photographers would rather that they go through the motions of setting up the shot since point-and-shoot cameras make everything go automatic, from the flash to the lighting and so forth. If you’re a beginner photographer, though, a point-and-shoot camera is par for the course. Complete your photography course first before deciding to buy a more advanced camera. However, there are certain cameras out there that serve as a marriage of both types of camera, allowing you more options while still remaining as easy to use as your cellphone camera.
- Warranty, Zoom Range, and Video Capture: As cameras became more advanced, they soon became miniature video capturing devices capable of taking a few minutes of High-Definition or HD video (just as video cameras soon gained the ability to double as still cameras and whatnot). When shopping for the right camera for you, you should make sure it has at least a 90-day warranty and long zoom range. As mentioned before, 3x is usually good, but there are some camera zooms that are as long as those found in riflescopes (3x to 9x in magnification). If you want to become a photographer sniper, then a long zoom is your best bet.
- More Zoom Details to Look Out For and Hybrid Vibration Reduction: While 3x is enough and 3x-9x is riflescope level, the pros would definitely want 34x zoom-in capabilities on their cameras even though they’re merely taking faraway shots and not literally becoming the White Death or the American Sniper with the magnification power of their super telephoto lenses’ Dynamic Fine Zoom. A good digital camera should also have vibration reduction so that out-of-focus shots due to shaky hands and an unsteady camera could be avoided. Your still photographs and even your videos will definitely benefit from a digicam that has vibration guards and protection included in its package.
- A Comfortable, Elegant Design All Throughout: Your camera choice shouldn’t be unwieldy to hold and has simple controls. If your camera has more buttons than your remote control or your clicker, then that’s bad design right there, because it’s not as if you need to change the channel when it comes to your camera. Even if you’re an advanced-level photographer with photographic film usage experience, you should know that the simplest design is always the best design, particularly when the DSLR has an engaging and intuitive menu system to make it a breeze to use it and some such.
Those are the eight things you need to take note of when buying a digicam for your everyday usage. Aside from those pointers, though, you should also look for a digicam that has a lens that maximizes light transmission, has full HD 1080/60i video with stereo sound, and auto-focus (take note that some cameras have auto-focus, but many photographers would rather turn that off and focus on the picture themselves for more artistic control). This is because if your digicam is no better than the camera found in your Android phone or iPhone, then it’s a redundant purchase that’s a waste of your money and time. Buyer beware and buy things with an informed opinion always.