There are many kinds of digital cameras, so which one is right for you? The digital camera comes in all shapes and sizes, with a wide variety of features and functions. They can vary in price from camera under $100 to cover $30,000, so if you want to buy a new camera it’s important to know what sort you need. Buying an expensive camera without any reason could prove to be an expensive mistake. Let find out how to avoid spending more than you need?
Does the first question remain how much your budget allows you to spend? Naturally, you want the best camera you can afford, but there’s no point in spending more than you need. The best option is to set yourself a budget and stick to it.
As with any gadget, there’s always the temptation to spend a little bit more to get that one extra feature, but when it comes to cameras this could quickly become very expensive. Decide what features you actually need, then start looking for the camera that meet your needs within your budget.
Remember also that you have to consider the cost of more than jut the camera. You also need to budget for things such as memory card, cleaning kit, maybe a bag or case, and even extra lenses or a flashgun if you choose a DSLR or compact system camera.
If you blow all your budget on the camera you may find yourself unable to afford these useful extras. To decide what features you see, think about what kind of photos you are most likely to take. If you do mainly casual social photography, such as holiday snaps or pictures of your friends on a night out, and only ever share the results via email and facebook. You don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on a high-spec super-zoom camera or digital SLR. Any decent fully-automatic compact will do the job perfectly well for under $100, and be much easier to carry.
A typical basic $100 compact camera these days will usually have a 12to14 megapixel sensor, a 4x or 8x zoom lens with a 28mm equivalent wide-angle the setting, a 2.7 inch monitor screen and 720P HD video recording. Expect to add 20 percent to the price of any additional features such as a higher resolution sensor, a wider angle or longer zoom lens, a bigger or sharper monitor, full 1080p HD video recording or any type of mechanical image stabilization.
Top of the range automatic compacts typically cost around $250 to $300. If you want more versatility but don’t want the bulk or complexity of a digital SLR then may be a long-zoom compact or super zoom camera would be more suitable. Many include optional manual controls, as well as extra features such as image stabilization or built-in GPS positioning. There are also a few high spec compacts that feature very high-quality lenses and larger sensors, models such as the Canon G Series, the Panasonic LX series or the Samsung NX series. Depending on brand and features a camera like the will cost between $200 and $500.
On the other hand if you are a keen hobby photographer you’ll want a camera with a good quality lens, full manual controls and superb picture quality. Also factors like the build quality and the availability of accessories will be major selling points, so you’re likely to find an all auto snapshot camera to be much too restrictive. You should be looking at a digital SLR or compact system camera, with interchangeable lenses and creative accessories. The price range on these types of the camera starts at around $500 and has no real upper limit. Knowing what you want out of your camera is the first step to making the right choice.
The best advice is to read as many product reviews as you can. There are many websites that have good expert reviews. Not everyone’s thoughts will be the same, so it makes sense to read several review of a range of cameras, to get a feel for the prevailing opinions. Reading reviews will help you to become familiar with current models that are available, what features are useful, what problems to look out for and how much you should expect to pay.