25 Things You Need To Know Before You Buy A Digital Camera

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Buying a digital camera to get started in the world of digital photography or to replace your old camera? Read tips on getting the best digital camera for your money.

 

#1: Set a Budget Before Buying
Budget yourself when purchasing a digital camera.

#2: Ignore Digital Zoom
When buying digital cameras, concentrate on optical zoom, not digital zoom.

#3: Two Considerations when Buying a New Camera
Consider these two items before buying a new digital camera.

#4: Small Doesn’t Mean Underpowered
Small digital cameras may be exactly what you need.

#5: Be Careful When Buying Package Deals
Digital camera package deals may be too good to be true – or a real bargain!

#6: Check What the Zoom Really Means
Advertised digital camera zoom levels may not just be optical zoom.

#7: Get a Camera with Magnified Photo Previews
Magnified photo previews can help determine the sharpness of a digital photo.

#8: Is There a Built-In Microphone?
A digital camera microphone can provide added benefits to your photo taking.

#9: Effective Pixels and Foveon X3
Sometimes advertised digital camera pixel counts can be deceiving.

#10: Don’t Expect a Camera to Come with Enough Media
Buying a digital camera? Be prepared to buy some extra media.

#11: What to Look for to Take Night Photography
Helpful features some digital cameras provide to take better night photos.

#12: Don’t Get Caught Up in Megapixels
Megapixels are not everything when it comes to buying a digital camera.

#13: Consider the Total Cost of Ownership
You won’t just be purchasing a digital camera – you may need to buy accessories.

#14: Be Careful with Very Cheap Prices
Beware of the digital camera ‘package deal’ sales technique.

#15: Pre-Programmed Scene Modes May Help
Scene modes make it easier to take digital camera photos in tough lighting conditions.

#16: Does Flash Come with an SLR?
Consider the total cost of ownership when purchasing a digital SLR.

#17: Uses for your Old Digital Camera
Don’t throw away your old digital camera – here are some ways to get some use out of it.

#18: How Much Optical Zoom is Needed?
Do you require a digital camera with 6x optical zoom, or is 2x or 3x enough?

#19: Where is the Tripod Socket?
Make sure when purchasing a digital camera that it fits well on a tripod.

#20: Use Comparative Shopping Search Engines
Looking for the absolute best prices for digital cameras or digital camera accessories? Search many online vendors at once.

#21: Digital Camera Reviews
Links to websites offering reviews of specific digital cameras

#22: More Megapixels Means Greater Cropping Ability
Higher-megapixel digital cameras let you crop more.

#23: More Control May Cost You
To set manual exposure, you might need a more-expensive camera.

#24: Consider a Weatherproof Camera
Some digital cameras are made to withstand moisture.

#25: Look for ISO 50 Support
Look for digital cameras with ISO 50 support for crisper, cleaner images.

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