You’re ready to buy a camera. You’ve got your money in hand and you’re ready to start shopping. Before going off to purchase the most gleaming model you can afford, prepare yourself with the following essential buying tips.
1- Understand what you want from a camera and why. Determine your own needs and abilities and how a new camera will fit into the equation. Different models are better suited for different situations. See if you might fit into one of the three photographer-types listed below:
Novice User: Are you new to the world of digital photography? Many low-cost point-and-shoot digital cameras include a range of standard features that are simple to learn and operate, making them an ideal choice for the beginning or casual photographer.
Intermediate Photographer: If you take a wider array of photographs — from quick snapshots to vacation photos to sporting events — you’ll need a versatile, full-featured camera that can handle a range of zoom scenarios, photo subjects, lighting conditions, and so on.
Serious Amateur: Are you an experienced photographer that is prepared to pay a higher price for the features, flexibility, and control available only with a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) camera with interchangeable lenses?
2- Decide your perfect camera style; point & shoot or DSLR. Make sure you understand the relative strengths and limitations of point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras, and which is best suited for the photos you want to take. Due to ever increasing advanced features being included on “bridge” cameras, the differences between them and digital SLR’s has become less prominant; though each of the two classes have their own distinct advantages.
3- Get a feel for the camera. Get a feel for the camera and take some pictures with it. You’ll get more enjoyment from a camera and use it more often if it fits comfortably in your hand and the controls are easy to use.
4- Forget the MegaPixel Hype. For high-quality photos, consider the size and type of the camera’s image sensor.
5- Make note of the zoom and focus features. A high powered zoom lens gets you close to the subject but don’t use digital zoom, compare optical zoom capabiliites only. Having a highly automatic camera that does everything for you is great but having complete control over all the settings allows for more creativity.
6- Eliminate blurred pictures forever. Image stabilization is important for helping to reduce shaking and blurriness. A software image stabilizer is great, but having it built into the lens is much better.
7- Lower light capability matters. How well your camera performs in low light matters as much as how well it takes photos in bright sunlight. Cameras that have high ISO sensitivity (ISO ratings 800 or higher) will be better able to capture properly exposed images with reduced blur in dimly lit situations.
8- Take into consideration the high end features. Think about what additional technology features you want in your camera — such as face detection or in-camera retouching — to help you achieve better results and enhance your overall photography experience.
9- Accessorize in style. Know what accessories you would like to use and what other devices you want to connect to your camera, such as an HDTV to view your photos, in order to make sure it has the right inputs and outputs.
10- Dare to shop and compare. Before deciding on a specific model, look at the models above and below it. Sometimes you can get amazing features for only a small price difference.
After you have decided which camera is the best one for you, further your education and love of photography by learning more about exposure and other tricks a little beyond the basics, or how to use Adobe Photoshop which will help you enhance your photos greatly with just simple fixes.
If you ever drop your camera or otherwise damage it, make sure you check around for an affordable digital camera repair shop online. The most commonly searched terms are Canon camera repair, Nikon camera repair & Sony camera repair when looking for somewhere to take your camera when it breaks. This is because Canon, Nikon and Sony have most of the market share when it comes to digital cameras, not because there is anything wrong with their products.