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Tips on Choosing a Cheap Digital Camera for Beginners

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Sony Cybershot Digital Camera

Digital cameras have made it easier for photo fanatics to take pictures without having to worry about running out of film rolls. But before spending your precious bucks on a digital camera, it helps to zoom in on some useful digital camera tips and guide for beginners. These will help you find the best digital camera fit for your shooting skills and budget. With all the technical lingo and high-tech features being loaded into digital cameras these days, it would be short of a miracle to find exactly what is best for you. Read on to capture the most important factors in buying a cheap digital camera for novices like you.

Determine Your Budget and Purpose

When you are out looking for a digital camera, set up a price range that is within your means. For beginners, a digital camera that is priced at $100 can be a good find as long as the quality is established. Of course, you may have to spend more if you are looking for more high-end features, however this does not guarantee that you are going to take more quality photos. So, if you are not an expert in taking pictures, it would be wise to stick with your budget while you are still learning.

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Digital camera manufacturers compete with one another by packing their products with loads of features for different functions. Looking at those different buttons can be a lot puzzling, especially when you know very little about photography. That is why when buying a digital camera you need to determine what it is for. Are you looking for a digital camera that lets you take photos immediately without having to maneuver a lot of buttons first? Or, are you looking for a digital camera that you can use to practice and improve your photography skills?

Knowing your purpose will help you choose the right digital camera for it. For instance, a basic beginner camera is a kind of digital camera that is affordable and easy to use. It doesn't have all the sophisticated features but you can still take beautiful pictures with it. An intermediate beginner camera is a little pricier but is packed with more features. The designs are usually more sleek and slimmer. It is ideal for regular use and can provide you with as many still shots as you like. A luxury beginner camera, on the other hand, comes with the most sophisticated features and the most expensive price. It's great for everyday photos and for more serious photography endeavors.

Camera Size, Type, and Lens

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Just like any gadgets in the market today, digital cameras have different sizes, types, and of course, lenses. For many beginners, a small-sized digital camera is more preferable since the features are easier to use and the light weight makes it easier for them to carry it around and snap away.

Larger cameras that come with various lenses are not suitable for beginners because the features are more complex for them to understand. Digital SLRs, for instance, may be the trend these days but they are designed for professionals or for those with more advanced photography skills. If this is going to be your first time, choose a digital camera that feels more comfortable for you to use.

A zoom lens is an integral part of every digital camera so it is important that you know how to choose the one with better lens quality. A zoom lens allows you to zoom in on a distant subject so you can capture it with awesome clarity. It also allows you to zoom out to properly capture an extensive landscape. High-end digital cameras carry lenses with more effective zooms and wider angle. If you love taking pictures of scenic landscape and distant objects, you may want to pay attention to a camera's zoom lens. For snapshots and ordinary photos, you can do without this feature.

The importance of mega pixels

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Many people with digital cameras don't even know what mega pixels are. Mega pixels are very important aspect of a digital camera. The higher the mega pixels, the better picture quality you are going to get. They are the number of dots a digital camera employs to produce images.

In a future article I will detailed the other important features of digital cameras as image stabilization and batery life.



Apr 8, 2011 10:16pm
Great tips. For boomers and seniors, you might also need to look for an easy to use digital camera that has an image stabilizer to help make up for any shakes in your hands The Canon powershot digital camera offers that and is very easy to use so that might be a good place to start :) Thanks again for the interesting info.
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