Wednesday, August 08, 2007

What is the Best Digital Cameras to buy?

Last time I made a post regarding Top 5 Digital SLR Camera.
Now after that, there are some questions I received stating "What is the best Digital Camera to buy?" Now here is my answer...

There is no "Best Digital Camera". Each camera fits a particular set of needs; one size does not fit all. So use these recommendations as a jumping-off point. Plan to further narrow your options by testing out cameras, asking the advice of others.

So if you are looking for the best digital cameras - or trying to see if you are ready for digital - first ask yourself a few questions.

Okay, you've made it this far... you are definitely interested in buying a digital camera. The next step is to figure out which digital camera will best meet your needs. The following questions will help you get a better idea of which digital camera will be best for you:
  • What are you looking to accomplish? What are your goals? Do you want to simply document the life and times of your family, for example, or do you fancy yourself become a digital artist?
  • Do you want to print your images? In large sizes? (Look for high resolution)
  • If you are going to print, what kind of output device (i.e. printer) will you be using and what are its resolution requirements? (Again, look for resolution)
  • Do you only see yourself publishing your images on the Web or emailing them to friends? (You don't need much resolution - don't worry about it)
  • Will you be taking this digital camera to Europe or around the world? (Look for lots of storage)
  • Do you own a laptop? (Look for a CompactFlash or other PCMCIA storage device)
  • As taught in our Top Ten Tips, the cardinal rule in photography is to move in close to your subject. Will you always able to get very close to your subject? (If not, be sure to get a digital camera with a good telephoto zoom lens)
  • Will you be taking pictures of small items like stamps, coins, bugs, flowers, etc? (Look for a digital camera with a macro feature)
  • Do you already own Photoshop or Photoshop Elements? (Then you might want to just get a camera with a Photoshop plug-in)
  • Do you prefer shooting digital photos over reworking them on the computer? (Then you might want to go for a camera with a popular, easy-to-use software program)
  • Do you foresee yourself shooting at night, at concerts, indoors, or in other low-light situations? (Then get a camera with flexible over sensitivity or ISO equivalents)
  • Do you foresee yourself shooting sports, fashion, or anything else that moves quick? (Then get a camera with a fast burst rate)
  • Do you want to make sure that the money you save on film and developing doesn't just end up getting spent on batteries? (Then you might want to get a camera with rechargeable Lithium-Ion batteries or some such similar set-up)
  • How much money do you have to spend? (Look for a bank that will refinance your home...)

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