It seems that just about everybody has a digital camera these days. They can be found on computers, in cell phones, and even on keychains (not to mention the cameras that actually look like real cameras). With all of the advances that have been made in digital camera technology in recent years, it's no surprise that there are a number of different options facing the consumer.
The problem with having so many digital camera options is that unless you know what you're seeking, you might not be able to get the best camera for your money. In order to find the camera that's right for both you and your wallet, it's important to keep a few things in mind when you go shopping.
- Know how much you're willing to spend on a camera before you go shopping. Some digital cameras can cost over $500 or $600, while others may top $1,000. Cameras with fewer features and a lower resolution can also be found for under $20 or $30. Stay within your budget.
- See what sort of camera memory access your computer has. Digital cameras use a variety of different types of media for storage, ranging from USB-accessible onboard memory to miniature CD-R or 3.5" floppy disks. Specialized flash memory cards are also commonly used, but may require an adapter or card reader if your computer isn't set up to use them.
- Look for the megapixel rating for any camera that you're considering buying. This refers to the fineness of individual pixels that make up the image, and to the number of pixels contained within the image. The higher the megapixel rating, the better the quality of the photograph will be. Lower-megapixel cameras tend to produce pictures that are much more grainy and have lower resolutions.
- Consider the size and shape of the camera as well as how you're going to be using it. If you simply want something to take with you when you go on trips, you'll want a camera that can be easily packed and transported. If you're looking for a more professional camera, then you're going to want something that can be held steady and has attachments and other options available for it. Let form follow function.
- Keep in mind anything else that you want to be able to do with your camera. Cell phones with digital cameras built in can serve as a portable camera in addition to their normal functions, and certain other cameras can be used to create full-motion video, often with sound! Make sure that the camera you buy meets as many of your needs as possible.