Digital cameras have advanced enormously in the last few years with many clever features incorporated into them; the number of functions they now have sometimes confuses potential buyers. If you were to buy a digital camera tomorrow, what functions would you want to see it have as standard? To get you ‘kick started’ there are some useful tips outlined in this article. If this is your first camera then you must be honest with yourself if you have no idea what functions you would want your camera to have.
Next you need to think carefully about where and when you will use it. Once you have sorted this out you will have to think about how much you are prepared to spend on this new piece of technology. You also have to consider the power of the computer and the printer you will be connecting it to for editing and printing needs. Many computer packages available have digital cameras, software and other accessories so you can have a complete home studio system. If you don’t already have some proprietary image editing software then do not worry because it will usually be included when you buy a digital camera but a photo printer will have to be factored into the equation if you don’t already have one.
Special photo printers that do not require a computer are now available and the price of these is dropping slowly. To get the best pictures it will be necessary to set the camera to the maximum number of pixels it can operate at. When you own a digital camera you will need to supplement it’s internal memory with an external storage card which will fit into a handy slot on the camera. As time has gone on, the storage capacity of cards has increase exponentially with the current crop of professional cards running at thirty two gigabytes; this should be enough for many hundreds if not thousands of shots even with very high megapixel models.
Before you buy it is good idea to test and check if you feel comfortable holding and using it. Despite the leaps forward in technology, many manufacturers are so focused on gadgets that they forget that a person will want to use this so it has to be simple to operate. A point to remember when you are looking at buying a digital camera is what type of batteries it uses because ideally they should be rechargeable; they may cost a little more initially but can be charged 1,000 times so are very cost effective. All digital cameras have a LCD screen which is a small screen located at the back of the unit; some models have a swiveling action, which is great for viewing your pictures and taking those from awkward angles.
Some lower specification versions only have a LCD screen and the larger this is; the quicker it will drain the batteries. If you want yours to have a good zoom facility, you should opt for those with an optical zoom lens. Unfortunately digital zoom only cameras just really aren’t worth the price with image quality reduced along with the printing results. If you have any sort of visual impairment then buying a model with a diopter adjustment can be a real benefit but this does not apply to screen only digital equipment. With this knowledge you should be in a better position now when you buy a digital camera.