With so many digital cameras flooding the market, and each of them possessing a wide array of features, deciding on a camera that is best suited to your needs, is no doubt a tough choice. However, keeping a few basic guidelines in mind, while choosing a digital camera, will help you in finding the one meant for you.
Factors To Be Considered
Features: First of all, decide on the features that are most essential to you. A digital camera with high resolution and plenty of great features will not matter much to you if you are not going to use any of these features. If you plan on taking plenty of close-ups, go in for a camera with macro feature. Also check if the red-eye reduction feature has been incorporated. Most cameras now have software installed that takes care of red eyes.
Megapixels: The higher the megapixel, the better the digital images. The pixels that make the images are actually responsible for the resolution of the digital images. Digital cameras with megapixel of 3 to 5 are sufficient in case you are printing the images on an A4 size paper. However, for enlarging the digital images, and for banner printing, a digital camera with higher megapixel may be required.
Zoom: Almost all digital cameras have both digital and zooming option. Majority of the digital cameras have an optical zoom ranging 3 to 10x. A higher optical zoom is always better than digital zoom.
LCD Size: A large LCD size helps in reviewing images easily. Also, taking pictures on the LCD screen makes them appear larger in size. Majority of the cameras have a 1.5inches LCD.
Memory Card: All digital cameras have a memory card, but the storage capacity and the type of memory card are important. A large storage memory is essential, particularly if you plan to own a high megapixel digital camera, as each image consumes large storage space.
Video: Most digital cameras now have the option of recording live videos (with sound), though such films use up a lot of memory space.
Shopping online for a digital camera: Though it is rather good to talk to a person directly at a store, there are chances that they are paid commissions for promoting a particular brand. Online shopping helps you to research various digital cameras more easily, as they have consumer reviews online.
Before going ahead to purchase a camera, ensure that you take a look at a few photographs taken with it as it helps you determine the quality, sharpness and color of the images.