Buying your first digital camera

Posted by Stefan on June 14th, 2011 in Digital Cameras | No Comments

For those of you out there who are not experts in the area of digital cameras, it can be quite hard to know which make or model to buy, especially with the hundreds of different cameras out there on the market. The language used when describing camera specifications can also be hard to understand should you be purchasing your first camera. This should not put you off though and with a few tips you should be snapping away in no time whatsoever. Here are a few things to look out for when buying your first digital camera.

Megapixels

Megapixels tell us how high the resolution of the camera is and, generally speaking, the higher the resolution the better the photo. Do be aware that megapixel counts are not the be all and end all of good quality cameras though so do not buy a camera simply because of the amount of megapixels that it has.

How will you use the camera

This is important as if you want your camera to fit in your handbag or pocket on a night out then there is no point buying a huge chunky SLR (single lens reflex) camera. Think about when you are most likely to be taking pictures and base your decision around that. If you only wish to use the camera casually then there may be no point spending hundreds upon hundreds of pounds on your camera.

Zoom

All digital cameras should be equipped with optical zoom, which mimics the zoom of a 35mm lens and allows you to view things more closely as you shoot, as well as afterwards. Good models, such as digital cameras by Sony , will allow you to zoom in on images without even noticing the resolution loss that occurs when zooming in, but again do not base your judgment purely on this. Pay closest attention to Optical Zoom when buying a camera as this is the feature you will use the most.

Budget

Decide how much you will spend before you begin to shop as you can get bogged down with all the models available and this will allow you to concentrate your search.

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