Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What to Look for in a Digital Camera

Would not it be nice to have a camera to capture those precious moments with family and friends? However, you still need to have the appropriate digital camera to do so. You do not just go to a store and buy a camera; you have to know what qualities a camera possesses to make sure that the features of a camera is worth your money. Here are some of the features that you need to consider before purchasing your own digital camera.

Megapixels – The number of megapixels a camera has effects on the outcome of a photograph. The higher the megapixel rate of a camera has, the photos taken with it will come more detailed and much clearer. Different cameras offer various ranges of megapixels; some has 2 megapixels up to 8 megapixels. If you are the ‘point and click’ type of user and is planning on posting the photos on the Web, a 2 or 3 megapixel camera might be the best choice for you. However, if you are planning to print the photos that you are going to take, a 5 megapixels camera is more advisable. Moreover, 7 to 8 megapixel cameras are the best buys for professional photographers who want more detailed and clear photos.

Zoom – There are two types of zoom; the Optical and Digital Zoom. Optical zoom is the kind that utilizes the physical capabilities of the camera’s lens to zoom in or out of a subject (the person, object, or landscape’s image being captured). Digital zoom, on the other hand, makes use of a microchip integrated inside the camera to zoom in or out of a subject in a digital manner. When you compare the two, a digitally zoomed photograph would not look as good as an optically zoomed one. Therefore, you must determine the zoom range that you need.

Memory – You must determine the size and efficiency of the memory card or stick that you need. If you are planning to take high-resolution photographs, it is recommended to have a bigger (4 GB to 8 GB) and faster memory card.

Ease of Connectivity – Before you purchase a camera, you must first verify if it is compatible to different brands of computers and printers. Moreover, you must also remember to check if the camera has a cable that you can use to connect it to a computer or a printer.

Exposure Settings – It is best to know if a camera has many shutter speed and aperture options. However, some cameras also have presets that you can use in order to achieve the results that you want. Nevertheless, manual settings for exposure are more preferred by professional photographers because it gives them the freedom to further enhance the quality of a photograph.

Size and Usage – Nobody would want to use a heavy, bulky, and complicated camera. If you are a casual photographer and would only want to take pictures to capture moments and memories, it is advisable to buy a user-friendly and does not weigh that much.

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