Choosing The Perfect Camera For Your Needs

With most smartphones having cameras embedded, the digital camera market has taken a bit of a hit. But there are still people out there who want to take quality photos. Whether you’re looking to take high quality astronomy photos or the perfect selfie, there’s a camera out there for you.

A common mistake when buying a digital camera is going in and buying a camera with more features than you really need. Sure it the salesperson was extra schmoozy, but that does not mean you need an Olympus Stylus 1 for over $600. Good questions to ask yourself are:

  • What do you need the camera for?
  • What type of photography will you be doing? (portraits, landscapes, macro, sports)
  • What conditions will you be largely photographing in? (indoors, outdoors, low light, bright light)
  • Will you largely stay in auto mode or do you want to learn the art of photography?
  • What experience level do you have with cameras?
  • What type of features are you looking for? (long zoom, image stabilization, large LCD display etc)
  • How important is size and portability to you?
  • What is your budget?

Digital Photography School recommends asking yourself these questions before going to the shop.

Next it would help to be conversational in camera terminology. This would help you recognise that megapixels aren’t everything. In fact, high megapixels could even be a disadvantage. If you took lots of photos with high mps then you might not be able to fit them all on your computer!

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