Friday, January 21, 2011

Buying Digital Camera

Finally you managed to amass enough money to buy new digital camera which you want it for so long. Digital camera which will now save your time and money to develop a film. But when you see the range of available brands and models in the market you are confused which digital camera you want to go with? Well, don’t worry its human nature we like to have variety of options to choose from; but when it’s come to choosing one of it, we get confused no matter what. It happened with me too; so I will let you know how I overcome it. For that you need to ask some questions to yourself such as, do you want to become a travel photographer? If you do, then a camera with high optical zoom is best for you. Or do you simply want to capture happy moments with your family? If yes, then a basic digital camera will serve your purpose. Are you going to print all your images in large sizes? If yes, then a high resolution camera is the best option for you. Are you going on a long vacation and looking for a camera that can capture and store hundreds of images? If yes, then a camera with a high storage capacity is what you need. Just ask yourself these basic questions to find which digital camera best suits your needs.
Now, let us understand some terms used in Camera Specifications:
Resolution: This is the first thing you will have to consider. Digital camera’s resolution is calculated in terms of ‘mega pixels’ or MP. The higher your camera’s resolution is better the quality of the images. However, the price of a camera is closely related to its resolution. So generally, the superior the resolution, the higher the price of the camera is going to be.
Storage Capacity: While buying a digital camera, check out its storage capacity. Most digital cameras are available with extended external storage capacities. This means you don’t have to download all your existing photos onto your computer every time you want to click a picture. Many times, camera manufacturers offer free memory cards with digital cameras as part of a package. More the storage capacity, more number of pictures you can click.
Lenses: Look out for lenses with good optical zooms if you want to capture distant objects. A wide angle lens is a blessing if you are going to click a photo of a large group and you are just backed up against a wall. Macro lens is a must for capturing close-up photos. Some of the best digital cameras either feature a macro-mode or separate macro lens.
Battery Consumption: When choosing your digital camera, either looks for ones with ‘lithium batteries’ or ‘rechargeable batteries’.
Burst Rate: The ‘burst rate’ of a digital camera specifies how fast a camera can capture an image. If you are looking for a digital camera to shoot sporting activities or if you are interested in fashion photography, choose digital cameras that have higher burst rates.
ISO: Multiple ISO options are handy when shooting in poor light. Look for digital cameras that allow you to change the ISO and give you as many choices as possible. A camera with ISO equivalents of 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600 will give you more flexibility as opposed to cameras with less ISO variations.
LCD Preview: A digital camera with an LCD preview feature is neat. It gives you a fair idea about the image and will help you to adjust your position accordingly. Although the battery consumption is much greater in a camera with a bigger LCD preview monitor, so try and find the balance.

Good Luck with your new Digital Camera and have fun clicking; but I must warn you it is very addictive. Beware!!!

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