Photography is taking the society by whirlwind. Every smile and every little place we visit feels like it requires us to capture the moment, post to social networking sites and let others comment to it. It’s like there’s something missing when we don’t have a handy digital camera every time we go out.
Finding which digital camera to buy isn’t that easy. With hundreds of models and styles to choose from, it can be a little overwhelming. But don’t worry, you can find the right one that will suit your needs if you keep in mind these few simple things:
The higher the megapixel of the digital camera, the better you can zoom the picture without blowing it to a pixelized photo. So even if you’re just doing prints or posting photos online, it’s better to have a clear image and not a blown-up photo. In anyway, you can still resize it whenever you want.
2. Sensor Size.
The sensor is the chip inside the camera that takes in light through the lens and then will convert it to a digital image. Larger sensor size can capture a much clearer and accurate picture and can do better in low-light environment. The larger the sensor is, the better your image will be – because of less noise and increased on the dynamic range.
3. Aperture Lens.
Aperture is the adjustable circle inside the camera’s lens. It adjusts the depth of field in a scene and controls the amount of light that enters through the lens. See the f-stop number beside the camera’s lens? The smaller the number the better the finished product will be. The f-stop number used to measure the opening size of the lens. There are so many digital cameras produced that have apertures of f/2.8 or f/2.6 but if you can have the f/2.0 or f/1.8, then much better. It also helps you take sharper photos in low light environment.
4. Image Stabilization.
Tripods can be a little expensive so better make sure that the digital camera has an Image Stabilization feature so even without the assistance of tripods, you can still take a crisp and clear photos. It helps stabilized movement on the photo so even when you’re travelling, you still can capture a perfect image or view.
Although zoom may not be used as often because it degrades image quality, it’s also a factor to consider because at one time or another, we may be a little far away from our target. So better we keep the Zoom in handy. Make sure that you concentrate on the Optical Zoom and not on Digital zooms when shopping for the right one.
I think size matters. They say that the larger, the better. But before leaping to buy the biggest one, think first what will you do with your camera, are you going to use it frequently on the outside world taking it everywhere you or just stay at home or studio kind? If you’re not an aspiring photographer and will only use the digital camera to shot pictures on trips or for long hikes, then choose a slim or compact digital camera. But if it will for home or studio use only, then the bigger one is better.
7. Battery Life.
Yes, check the specification of the gadget for how many hours the battery will last so you will be able to maximize the photo shoot and not to charge it so often.
8. Built-in Microphone.
Some shopper really forgot this small detail of a camera. Though most cameras have built-in microphones, some older models have none. And be sure to check it because you are going to use your camera to capture movies and videos!
9. Video/Audio Output Connections.
It may seem that almost all cameras have this feature but you better check it to make sure otherwise you can’t connect it to a TV to display sideshows and movies.
10. Also look for their additional features like Night Mode, Macro, Sports, and Picture Effects.
And always don’t forget to read consumers reviews and rating for the camera of your choice, its pros and cons for you to know and what to expect later on. There are also forum threads discussing the problems encounter or any details that you would like to know on that camera. Learn from other’s experience before paying and using your new digital camera.