How to buy a digital camera
Capturing memories has always been of great importance to everyone, be it as paintings, as pictures, or as a video. With technology leapfrogging, the ability to capture pictures of varying quality has been squarely thrust into the individual's arms. Gone are the days, of films and photo development. Digital cameras have completely replaced the film based camera. Everyone dreams of taking better pictures and camera manufacturers have been feeding this frenzy quite skilfully. A wide range of camera options have been put on display in the shops and it would be quite confusing for the layman to buy one. To know how do you choose a digital camera that is right for you, read the following to find out how to go about selecting the right digital camera.
Step 1: Budget
Before you go out to purchase a camera, it is important to decide your budget. Digital cameras are available across a wide range of prices with a lot of different features. It is easy to get lost and end up overpaying or exceeding your budget for a lot of unwanted features. Hence, having a budget is critical, for being able to shortlist the set of cameras, for the purpose of comparison and selection.
Step 2: Usage Needs
Once you have decided on the budget, it is important to have a good idea of one's usage requirements for the camera. This will allow you to choose the features best suited to your needs. Digital camera's cut across a wide price spectrum and with a wide variety of features available on each camera, it is important to have an idea of what features are required. This has a direct bearing on the selected camera fitting your budget. Very often, sticking to one's budget would mean a trade-off between features.
Step 3: Knowledge Level
Before going out to the market to buy a digital camera, it is important to learn more about digital cameras in general. You must have at least a basic grasp of the terminology being used and what it means. Asking shopkeepers to assist you would mean listening to different technical terms going above your head. In short, it is not possible to compare two cameras without knowing their technical specifications and hence it would be wise to learn what each term means.
Step 4: Understand critical features that define camera quality
The key features that define the quality of a camera are resolution, Lens aperture and zoom. Let's try to understand, what each term mean and how to understand a camera based on these features.
Step 5: Do you want Video
Many digital cameras offer the ability to take videos for a higher price. However, this comes at the cost of memory storage space and very often at the cost of power usage also. It is important to really think, whether one really needs video feature in the first place. Many a times, a still picture is worth a thousand more words than a video. And if video capability is that important to you, then you might as well buy a separate video camera.
Step 6: Read Reviews
Chances are you might not be the first to own a particular camera. And hence, there is bound to be a lot of reviews available on the merits and demerits of every model. It would be prudent to readout a few reviews before finalizing a camera. You may come up with different view points on the camera and might just decide to re-prioritize your choices.
Step 7: Don't Over Compromise
Very often, people tend to choose a middle path and end up compromising on all the features. While a middle path may work in life. In the case of a digital camera, it would be a big mistake. It is better to buy a camera that is really good at something than buy one that is average at everything. Hence, be clear about the features most important to you (refer point 2) and then decide on the ones, that you will not compromise on. You will end up with a camera that more often than not, makes you happy.
Step 8: Short-list
Make sure that once you have decided on your budget, features and brands, you shortlist multiple choices and compare their prices and features. Most camera makers tend to have multiple models available at different price segments. Hence, you can be sure that you will have enough choices for your budget.
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Step 9: Warranty
Try and get a good warranty on your camera. Most cameras come with a one year warranty. However, extended warranties are also available. In case you decide to buy your camera while on travel, an international warranty would be advised.
Step 10: Buy the Camera
By this time, you would have done enough research on your dream camera and chances are that you might be confident about the options available. We suggest, you now go ahead and buy the one that seems the best in your point of view. No matter a few features, where it lags the other qualities it might possess. Do understand that, our head must rule over our heart at this crucial final stage.
Now that you have gone through into the above process and landed at a camera of your choice, what are you waiting for, go out and click those pictures you have been dreaming about. A word of caution though, having a great camera does not necessarily mean great photos. You still need to learn about photography and the relevant human skills. Most important of all, practice taking pictures a lot. There is no shortcut to success!
Tony John is a professional blogger from India, who started his first Weblog in 1998 at Tripod.com. Tony switched to blogging as a passion blended business in the year 2000 and currently operates several popular web properties including IndiaStudyChannel.com, Techulator.com, dotnetspider.com and many more.
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