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Digital Camera Buying Guide
There are many choices in cameras today. Here are a few handy tips to help you decide what camera is right for you.
Choose a camera with as many pixels as you can afford. Depending on how large you wish to enlarge your photos, the higher the pixels the less chance of distortion (pixilation). Remember that on most cameras you can adjust the settings to decrease the megapixels if you wish, (this will also save you memory if you need to).
Match the cameras features to your lifestyle, ensure that it will do what you want or need it to do.
The larger the LCD screen the better for seeing details while taking and reviewing your photos.
Remember to budget for a decent memory card, the bigger the card the more storage capacity it will have, the faster the card the quicker it will be to capture that next shot.
Remember that you get what you pay for, there's no point scrimping on a camera that you're investing in for the long term.
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What if I want more than a point and shoot camera
There are several options if you want something that's got a bit more to offer than a point and shoot compact digital camera.
The next step up is a Hybrid, or Ultra Zoom camera, they usually have much of the same features of the compact cameras, and can be just as easy to use, but also have some manual capabilities so you can be a bit more creative. These cameras are often known for their bigger rugged bodies and high zoom lenses.
There are also high end compact cameras that come feature packed with all the capabilities of a DSLR, but in a compact body, minus the intimidating lenses and bulk.
New to the market are the Micro 4 Thirds or Mirror-less cameras, these are like DSLR's in that they have interchangeable lenses and many of the same features, except that they do not have a mirror, which is where DSLR's gain their bulk in size.
DSLR - Why would I want one?
Although they look big and intimidating, it's this size which allows for a larger sensor and more advanced image processor, which simply means better photos - even in auto mode!
DSLR's open up a whole new world of creativity, with many newer models including many auto modes and on screen guides to help get that shot right.
With a DSLR you will need to spend a little time practicing, studying the manual and more practicing, but eventually you will gain the confidence to branch out and try the manual modes allowing you to change aperture and shutter speed and get really creative!
With DSLR's you also have the capability to change your lens to suit your shot.Another bonus of the DSLR is that the menu buttons are all close by, so you don't need to search through menus to find what you need at a crucial moment.
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