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Shopping For A Digital Camera

Consider These Points When Shopping For A Digital Camera

Size Matters

Decide on the size of the digital camera that fits your needs. A small pocket-sized model may look handy, but can set you back by a few hundred dollars. However it might not be suitable for all occasions. Always choose a digital camera with a comfortable handgrip for your right hand.

Self-Help Aids

With the megapixel race over, manufacturers are now concentrating on releasing a variety of models to cater to the diverse needs of the consumer. Some models are designed primarily for beginners. Others take a more broad-based approach, while certain high-end models cater to the discerning photographer. If you are a beginner, look for cameras with built-in "Scene" modes to aid you in the right settings. The common scene modes include beach and snow, portraiture and landscape, close-ups, fireworks and night scenes.

Power Pushers

Do not let your photo-taking spree come to a screeching halt when the batteries go dead, usually at the worst possible time. It is best to carry a spare just in case you forget to charge up the existing one the night before. Better yet, go for digital cameras that use off-the-shelf AA batteries. This way, you don't need to lug around a charger.

Room For Zoom

More is not necessarily better in the case of zoom lenses. Although a 12x zoom is desirable, choose one that is more suited to your needs. For most holiday shots, what you need is just the opposite-a wider-angle lens to capture the scenery. A long zoom lens is also harder to handle as the slightest hand movement is magnified and results in blurry images. Unless you are into African safaris and shooting wild life from long distances, go for a more moderate 3x to 5x zoom range.

Jumbo Memories

With memory card prices falling, now is the time to invest in one or more of these high-capacity cards and completely put aside the fear of running out of space. Also, most of the newer range of digital cameras can capture high-resolution video clips at 30 frames per second. You will be surprised at how fast these video clips gobble up the available memory.

Image Stabilisers

Most mechanically-coupled image stabiliser mechanisms compensate for shaky hands by adjusting the lens or imaging sensor. And, in so doing, reduce the chances of blurry pictures. Made primarily for beginners, this feature is also used by advanced shutterbugs to effectively capture scenes in low light and to shoot in long telephoto zooms.

Digital Zoom

Going where optical zoom fears to tread, digital zoom is a method used by digital cameras to "zoom in" on an object by enlarging the size of the image. Where optical uses a zoom lens to bring the subject closer, a digital zoom does not get any extra information or detail, it merely resizes the image to stimulate optical zoom.


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