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How to Buy a Digital Camera

By Edited Mar 12, 2016 1 0

Your First Digital Camera

You have a limited knowledge regarding digital cameras and you are headed to buy one, you might want to do some homework beforehand. There are a lot of digital cameras available in the market, so it can be tricky to pick the right one. The trick is not in knowing the features of each and every digital camera available in the market or finding out “the best model” (because definition of the best model is different for everyone). This is about knowing your exact needs and narrowing down your options according to your desires and budget. Here are a few tips for making your search for the right digital camera, a little easier.

Online Shopping:

Internet is a HUGE place and internet market is getting bigger and bigger day by day. From local online stores to nationwide or worldwide stores, your options of shopping from online stores are countless. There are some dangers you need to beware of and some precautions you must take to make your online shopping experience more pleasant.

1)     Money Transaction
Take care of your money while shopping online. There are many money transaction tools available online which help you transfer your money securely all across the world. NEVER give your credit card details to someone on email. Only deal through secure online money transaction tools and you will be safe.

2)     Deal with trusted Retailers only:
You have to be sure that the retailer you are dealing with isn’t a fraud. Only deal with either the famous online shopping websites or the retailers you can trust. If you’re new to online shopping, you might want to ask your friends and family who have dealt with such matters in the past for their opinions. You can also check out the reviews about the retailers you are going to deal with.

3)     Know what you need:
As I said earlier, there is no such thing as “the best model”. It differs from person to person according to their needs. Before you start shopping for the camera, know what you would be using it for. If you are serious about photography and plan a career in this field, you may need a professional camera like SLR, but if you just want to take pictures of family and friends at personal parties to upload them on facebook, simple point and shoot camera may suffice. Know your needs and plan accordingly.

4)      Don’t forget the accessories:
The price of camera you see on the internet may or may not be the final price. You may find the accessories included in the given price or you may have to buy them separately. Keep this thing in mind while calculating your budget for your desired camera. Some of the accessories you may want or need are mentioned below:
•    Camera Case
•    Memory Cards

  • Reflectors
    •    Lenses (if you are getting a DSLR)
    •    Filters (and other lens attachments)
    •    Tripods/Monopods
    •    External Flashes
    •    Spare Batteries/Recharger

5)      Megapixels is not the only scale to judge a camera:
It is a general misconception that a camera with more megapixels will give better results. It is true to an extent only when the difference is HUGE, but generally speaking, a 13 MP camera and a 12 MP camera will give almost the same result. So in the longer run, megapixels are not everything. Do not pay larger amounts of money for just a difference of one or two MP.

Top 5 Companies in the Market:

It has always been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. And a good one is worth even more. Photography is an industry that magnanimously flourished over the years. From the pinhole camera to the HD DSLR, this is an art that has been practiced and perfected over the years. With the invention of digital cameras, the whole photography industry has been revolutionized. Digital cameras have made life easier for photographers all over the world, whether professional or amateurs. Gone are the days of the darkroom and tiresome processing of photographs. All it takes now to capture a moment perfectly is a click. The brands that manufacture digital cameras have a strong competition going on as the demand for better picture quality is increasing. Let’s take a look at the top 5 digital camera producing companies.


Being one of the leading brands in the manufacture of digital cameras, Canon has revolutionized the industry far more than any other brand. Canon has two lines of cameras, the Canon EOS series for SLR models and PowerShot for their point and shoots designs. By introducing EOS 5, the first-ever camera with eye-controlled AF Canon established itself steadily among the competition. The digital cameras they manufacture are easy to use, precise and nothing short of perfection.


Nikon has earned wide acclaim lately in the field of digital photography. They have worked tremendously on their recent models to deliver speed, ergonomics, and low-light performance and have achieved that goal in a short period of time. Their DSLR line is very sophisticated and the CoolPix (point and shoot) range is very easy to work with. More recently, Nikon has released a photograph and video editing suite called ViewNX which through which users can browse, edit, merge and share images and videos.


Sony is a very widely known name in the electronics industry. They have manufactured phenomenal products for gaming, communication, entertainment, storage and imaging purposes. Their advent into the photography industry started from their CyberShot line. This range is one of the easiest and simplest to use. The cameras are compact, fun and offer good picture quality all at once. Their DSLR range named Alpha is sleek, efficient and produces sharp imaging results.


Olympus is another name that is widely acknowledged for their imaging products. They produce camera in five main line of products. Currently, Olympus digital cameras are spread across five different product lines. The Olympus E-Series which features lightweight DSLR models, which use the Four Thirds and now the Micro Four Thirds systems. The SP-Series covers lineup of bridge cameras. Waterproof and shockproof cameras can be found in the Stylus Tough Series. Sleek compact cameras form the Stylus Series. FE-Series models are targeted for a more price conscious audience and are very affordable. Olympus cameras are affordable, easy to use and very refined.


Pentax is famously known for the state of art optical products they manufacture. The "Asahi Pentax" single-lens reflex camera brought Pentax into the world of cameras. Recently partnering with Samsung Techwin, they have started working towards manufacturing DSLR cameras and produced some of the finest cameras to date which include the Samsung GX-10 and GX-20. These cameras have high quality and substance to offer at the same time.

The leading camera companies all have a strong competition with each other. Each company is striving, with every passing day to enhance the world of photography and image quality and take it to “better than before” heights. With the latest technology, it is a task that is being accomplished remarkably bit by bit as we speak

Difference between Professional and Amateur Cameras

There is no clear cut line between professional and amateur cameras. In the hands of a good photographer, any camera can produce good results. Although some cameras are considered for amateur photography, mostly as a hobby, and others are considered as professional. A few factors that differentiate the two are given below:

  • Lens:
    A major difference between professional and amateur cameras is the difference in their lenses. Single Lens Reflex Cameras (commonly known as SLR) have replicable lenses while Point and Shoot Cameras have a fixed lens that can’t be replaced. All fixed lens cameras are considered as amateur cameras, but not all SLR cameras are professional ones.
  • Other Points of Parity in Professional Cameras:
    There are some features that are present in ALL professional camera and mostly lack in amateur ones. Some of them are given below (I will be using some technical jargon here so bear with me).
  1. Vertical grip
  2. High burst rate
  3. Direct plug for studio lights without an adapter
  4. Titanium or other heavy construction

There are some cameras that lie in between these two mentioned categories. Companies like Nikon and Cannon offer those cameras in semi-professional or amateur-professional categories. These cameras usually have lightweight professional features like grade light metering and focusing, apparatus to attach to studio strobes, and ability to shoot in bursts.


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