Flipping over some albums makes people relive their past and cherish those glorious moments. Thanks to technology, that today capturing every instance of life is easy. Digital cameras offer the convenience of immediate viewing, multiple image storage, computer connectivity – and there’s no film to develop. Picking a camera is not going to an uncomplicated job in recent times. There are too many options for all of us in the market. However there are a few questions and factors to keep in mind when making the decision of which camera is best for you.
The cameras today score high on their performance and technical aspects. So while placing a finger on a certain model, be sure whether it is the right choice, make a checklist of features and capabilities you prefer. Think over how often you use it. Frequently used camera will certainly involve more technical and concrete specifications. However, if it is used infrequently then a normal digital camera can also be a neat option. Keep in mind that there are tradeoffs, for example, size vs. optical zoom. You probably won’t get everything you want.
The quality of a digital camera is mainly defined by four quantities: resolution, lens aperture, lens zoom range, lens quality, and software. CCD sensitivity also varies somewhat. This is what takes the place of film. The resolution is the number of pixels in the captured image. Buy the camera with the highest resolution you can afford, at least 2 to 3 megapixels. Estimating the size print you can make from each:
1 Megapixel = 1280×960: Great 4×6’s, acceptable 5×7’s.
2 Megapixel = 1600×1200: Pretty good 8×10’s.
3 Megapixel = 2048×1536: Great 8×10’s, good 11×14’s.
4 Megapixel = 2272 x 1704: Great 11×14’s, and acceptable 16×20’s.
5 Megapixel = 2560×1920: Pretty good 16×20’s.
6 – 10 Megapixels = At this point you are usually limited by the lens, not the pixels.
We are looking for a point and shoot camera that has enough advanced functionality and is small enough to fit in your pocket. There are digital cameras that are designed for people who are new and naive in camera handling, and for those professional photographers. How big is the memory that is included with your camera? We need a bigger storage especially when we are travelling. Compare flash modes, if any. Investigate viewfinders: Look for an optical (through-the-lens) viewfinder as well as an LCD display. Consider which type of batteries would be most useful to you. Your main options are either AA batteries or a rechargeable lithium battery pack.
Once you have taken all the above factors into your considerations, narrow down your choices to one or two models or shops. Compare the price and other things that you care, Consider shopping at a local camera store. You will be paying about the same as you would off the internet. Or if you want to buy it online, hasoffer and newegg are good online electronic shops.