Digital Cameras come in a huge variety of features and prices. If this is your first digital camera purchase, a mid-range purchase will probably serve you better than to jump right into a high price one. But first think about how you will be using your camera. There are many articles to help you explore this topic, on the web and in photography related magazines.
- How do you plan to use the camera? (portraits, landscapes, product layouts, sports)
- Where will you be mostly using your camera? (indoors, low light, outdoors, bright light)
- What features most interest you? (zoom, wide angle, large LCD display)
- How much weight are you willing to carry around?
The first choice that comes to mind is do you want a “point and shoot” digital camera or a DSLR (digital, single, lens, reflex) camera. The former will generally be lighter and quicker from camera box to camera shot. If, however, you are more interested in learning the basics of photography and willing to carry a little more weight, a DSLR may be a better choice.
A true DSLR camera will come with a detachable lens, allowing you to choose from alternatives that are compatible with that camera. Thus, it may be possible to zoom in on your subject or take in a panoramic view with a wide angle lens.
Another term that comes up when shopping for digital cameras is “megapixels”. I will delve into that in the next segment. Until then, happy shuttering!