How To Avoid A Bad Digital Camera

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Digital cameras are great, they have totally taken over the world of photography and it is hard to imagine life without them now, but shopping for them can be a nightmare. With all the technology being shoved into the cameras then it almost feels like you need a degree in IT to go shopping for one, here are our top tips though to help you get your perfect camera:

Stop checking the megapixels: Megapixels are hyped up too much, what most people don’t realize is that above about 8 megapixels then the only difference it will make is to the size of the photo, not the quality, and therefore how much you can zoom in if you are editing it etc. So unless you do intense photo editing and you need to zoom in really really close to the picture, or you need to get prints which are the size of posters, then don’t use megapixels as the deciding factor when you are looking at cameras.

Looking at total zoom: With digital cameras then you have two types of zoom, digital zoom is just where software in the camera zooms in on the scene, optical zoom is where the lens moves out from the camera to actually zoom in more. Most cameras will quote you ‘total zoom’ though which is the two numbers multiplied together, but that can mask a camera with poor optical zoom. If you have a camera with 2x optical zoom then the manufacturer can stick in a 10x digital zoom and suddenly you have 20x total zoom, the same amount as a camera with 10x optical and 2x digital zoom. So you can see why it is important to look at the value for the optical zoom when you are considering a camera.

Not trying them out: Cameras are a personal choice, the specs for a camera can be perfect, but then you get it and it just doesn’t feel right, it is too small for your hands, the menu is awful, the buttons are hard to use etc. These are the kind of things you can only find out if you actually try one out in person. To do that pop into an electrical store and ask to try a display model out, usually they will be more than happy to oblige, and then you can find out what it is really like.

Those 3 tips will help you avoid the most common shopping mistakes that people make, so you can find a camera which you are comfortable with, and one which will give you some great snaps to enjoy for years to come.

If you want a funky camera then consider getting a pink digital camera, just remember the tips above so you pick the best one.

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