By Robert Michael
Sales of digital cameras seem to be exploding. This is not
surprising as the quality of images from digital cameras
improves and they become more affordable. In addition,
consumers are becoming more comfortable with the idea of
There are so many different types of digital cameras available
choosing one which is best for your needs can become a very
confusing decision. There are several things to consider when
choosing a digital camera.
Types of Digital Camera.
There are basically three types of cameras whether you care
shooting film or digital. Point and Shoot cameras, Prosumer
cameras and professional quality cameras.
1. Point and Shoot cameras are fully automatic. They do
everything for you. The camera choosing the correct exposure
and whether a flash is needed. The photographer only needs to
point and shoot.
2. Prosumer Cameras. These cameras are a step up from point
shoot cameras and allow the user to either shoot in fully
automatic mode or to have some control over the exposure by
using specific exposure modes. For example, there might be a
portrait mode, an action mode, and a close up mode.
3. Professional Cameras. These cameras allow the photographer
to actually look through the lens. This means that what you
is what you get. These cameras also provide complete control
over the exposure. They have fully automatic mode, specific
exposure modes as well as a fully manual mode.
Regardless of what type of camera you decide to get you will
also have to make the decision about the resolution of the
If you have shopped at one of those electronics superstores
will be lead to believe that the most important thing to
consider when purchasing digital cameras is the number of
pixels. Although it is important there is much more to
on a digital camera than pixels. Pixels are tiny squares, and
new models other shapes, that make up the image. Obviously the
more pixels the sharper the image. The more pixels there are
the more detailed the image.
Almost all of the digital cameras on the market today produce
images with at least 4 million pixels. With this resolution
can print images up to 8x10 which will look very good. Since
most people do not print images larger than this a camera with
4 million pixels or more should meet all of your needs.
Try Different Cameras Before you Buy
Different cameras can have very different image qualities even
though they may have the same number of pixels. This is due to
different types and sizes of sensors on which the images are
recorded and the various qualities of lens used. It is
recommended that you purchase a memory card and take it in
you to the camera store. Then you can try out various cameras
taking photographs on your memory card. You can then take the
pictures home and view them on your computer or better yet
them printed at a local lab to compare the results. Make sure
take notes so that you remember which image was taken on which
Digital cameras are constantly changing and being improved
upon. Every few months it seems there is a new model out with
more pixels and better features at a more affordable price. Do
not let this bother you. Take the time to choose a good
camera which makes quality photographs and enjoy the benefits
digital photography for years to come.
And one last piece of advice. Digital photography has created
new problem. People are not printing their photos anymore.
download them to their computer and then they eventually get
lost or deleted. Print those special photographs. Your
will thank you.
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