It seems that every month, if not every week, different manufacturers are coming up with the latest digital cameras to entice potential customers. And it’s just not working for us as it makes trying to find the best digital camera a nightmare.
After spending a sizeable amount of time at the mall figuring out whats the digital camera we want. We finally have enough money to buy that eye-popping, 7 megapixels, 10x digital zoom, portable, candy-coloured, up to 512 MB expandable memory of super hi-speed SD memory card and not to mention very portable, (that will be the envy of almost everyone we know).
We march to the mall armed with our life savings and lotsa pride in ourselves when we pass by a new display – an eight-megapixel, up to 128G expandable memory, with built it mic and stereo surround, video playback capable, with 22 scenic modes kind-of-camera.
And we sigh because the producer of this amazing gadget claims that this is the best digital camera yet out in the market. And so as we always want to have the best, armed with our life savings and a few credit cards, we buy the “best digital camera.” But then again, that doesn’t last too long, after two months or so, there’s another “best digital camera.”
It is so confusing, what makes a digital camera, the best digital camera?
What to know about buying the best digital camera
Well, there are certain factors to consider when looking for the “best digital camera” for us.
One of the most important features of a digital camera to make it into the best digital camera category is its mega pixel property. The higher the megapixels the better the actual photograph will come out.
A megapixel is equivalent to one million pixels. The resolution of your image is based upon the megapixel property of your camera. This means that as you enlarge the picture, you would get more detail and less blurry colours.
A decent digital camera will always have a large LCD to help you frame your subject without having to squint to the viewfinder. This is also helpful when reviewing your images, some cameras enable touch up and editing features with its LCD. A 1.5-inch display is average, a 2-inch LCD display is good, but the best LCD size would be 2.5 inches or higher.
Most digital cameras have both digital and optical zoom. A higher optical zoom is always better than a higher digital zoom. Digital cameras are usually furnished with optical of between 3x to 10x. The better the optical zoom, the higher it climbs up to the best digital camera category.
Always make sure that your memory card is the right one for your digital camera. There are different types of memory card like the xD, SD, Flash card and the likes. And these types of memory cards go with certain types of digital cameras. Of course, memory storage is also up there in choosing the best digital cameras.
Choose the size of memory that you need, if you’re a photo junkie, you might need more than 32 MB. Memory cards can go up to 128G.
The key point in finding a camera that suits your needs. Is to find one that will best fit you and your lifestyle. Don’t just buy the latest or the one that claims they are the best digital cameras out in the market. You wouldn’t want to buy a DSLR and use it with your home activities or family outing and have to lug it around?!
Or you don’t want to buy the latest point and shoot camera when you’re serious about being a professional photographer. (Of course, you can use this for starters, but if you’re not a novice photographer anymore, you wouldn’t want to get this kind of camera.)
Actually, the best camera is the one that you will enjoy and use. Not the type that ends up rotting in a box or after a few weeks of usage.