Make Your Next Camera Buying Experience Easier.

These days, there are a vast number of digital cameras to choose from. It can be a very tedious process. However, it does not have to be. In this article, I will offer some suggestions on how your next camera buying experience can be easier.

First off, should you choose a camera with digital or optical zoom? This is easy. You should always choose optical zoom because digital zoom degrades the quality of your photos. However, it's okay if your camera comes with both digital and optical zoom. Just make sure that you only use the optical zoom, and disable the digital zoom.

And what about megapixels? The more megapixels you have the better the picture quality will be, right? Well yes and no. There are many factors that affect your picture quality, and megapixles is just one of them. Here's an example of when you need more megapixels.

If you're going to create a thirty by twenty five inch poster out of your pictures, then you should probably have at least a six megapixel camera. In this case, bigger is better.

Another example is when you're printing a five by seven or an eight by ten inch picture. You will need at least a four megapixel camera for these types of images. You might be able to get by with a three megapixel camera, but that's a little risky. Cameras that have less than four megapixels are generally used for digital pictures but not prints.

How complicated do you want the camera to be? Some cameras have tons of different functions and some do not. Also, these same cameras may come with lenses or other more complex features. Just make sure you pick the right one for you.

Memory? Cameras usually come with a small amount of memory. However, that's the problem; it's just too small! So you will probably have to upgrade the memory card when you buy your camera. Be careful when you purchase memory cards. There are many different brands of memory cards, and only one type will work for your camera. So be sure and read up on the specific type of memory card that your camera uses.

Another factor to consider when buying a camera is the size. How big is too big for you? Some cameras can fit in your pocket, and others will require the use of both hands. The big cameras are generally used more by professionals than the smaller ones. So if you just want to take a couple of pictures of your kid or something, a small camera will work just fine for you.

Do you have shaky hands? Shaky hands can cause your images to be distorted or blurred. Fortunately, image stabilization now exists. Image stabilization does just what you think it does. If your hands shake a lot, then the image stabilization feature will help to reduce or eliminate the amount of blurring or distorting that is done to the photo.

The variety of digital cameras these days is endless. Fortunately, selecting a digital camera doesn't have to be a difficult process if you know a few things. Hopefully, this article will help you with your next camera purchase.

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August 26, 2007


I was so happy when I received my first lens with image stabilization (was a present from my husband-to-be). I am not very steady and tend to shake a lot in my hands, my arms, and my upper torso. Even if it's not noticable to the naked eye, the camera seems to have no trouble picking it up! Since IS (image stabilization) is a big issue for me, that is one of the first things I must look for, especially when purchasing a long or heavy lens. I have seen that new cameras themselves now have IS built into them. I'm looking into purchasing a new, smaller but professional camera -- the Canon G-9. I cannot remember right now if it has IS, but I am definately going to look again.
Thanks for the tips! I'm sure they will help many people.

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