Buying a Digital Camera

Depending on whether you are an average use taking pictures for fun and photo albums or if you are looking for a more sophisticated camera for professional use, you will have many different choices in digital cameras. The first thing you should consider in buying a digital camera is your budget. You may want that fancy, top of the line digital camera but your budget may not. Yes, the high end cameras offer the best zoom and more megapixels, as well as other added features you might find with less expensive cameras but they are very costly. That does not mean you will end up with a horrible camera though. In fact it is quite the opposite! There are some very inexpensive yet powerful digital cameras that are easy to use and to shoot and that are very compact and portable.

With so many brands offering different variations of digital cameras it is easy to get off track with words like high resolution and optical zoom. There are some basics of digital cameras that you should research before buying such as how many megapixels you need, or whether you are shooting more in the evening or late night. In fact there are many questions you should ask yourself before buying a digital camera, but once you do you can narrow down your camera to one or two models.

You also need to consider battery life. Digital cameras for the most part drain batteries in very little time. You need to know how much batter life your camera has before purchasing it. Although you should keep spare batteries on hand at all times, it is recommended that you consider rechargeable batteries so that you simply recharge them when you camera dies.

Otherwise you'll be spending more on batteries then on the camera itself. Then of course you need to consider all of your accessory options. First and foremost, there is the memory issue. Most digital cameras come with almost no memory capabilities so you will need to purchase your own memory. This comes in many forms such as flash cards, memory sticks, and pen drives just to name a few. Some memory options will depend on the type of camera you buy, but others are multifunctional and can work with any digital camera.

Most importantly when buying a camera is to make sure that it suits your needs, and has a good quality name behind it. Digital cameras that get great reviews from consumers are usually the best digital cameras to try. Amateur photographers are a hard bunch to please, and if you have done your research and have found camera to perform up to its capabilities and it is what you need in a camera then you may have found the camera for you.

Do not be overwhelmed by your options. Digital cameras may be advanced by they are very user friendly.

Kerry White is the owner of, an online digital camera resource. She is a veteran photographer, having first picked up a camera at the tender age of 3!

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