A Helpful Guide to Buying a Digital Camera

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We are at the stage in digital photography where the images are crisp and sharper than ever. The technology era is well underway and the advances made in the digital camera market are quite extraordinary.

The range of camera types the market has to offer will mean you are spoilt for choice so the trouble is finding the correct camera for you, hopefully with this guide we will be able to find the camera that suits your needs.

The market is split into three categories:-

1) Compact Cameras
2) Digital Cameras
3) DSLR Cameras

1) Compact Cameras are the most common, fully automatic they tend to do all the hard work for you, they will auto-focus, flash and will even adjust the settings to give you the best display depending on the time of day and weather. You can over-ride all this technology if you are more of the creative type and still want a simplistic 'point and shoot', all this plus the benefit of being small enough to fit in your pocket.

2) Bridge Camerass are the next level, intended for the more advanced user, if you're not quite ready for a leap of faith to the DSLR or refuse to pay the high prices then a bridge camera is for you. With full control and additional settings it usually means that they will keep you practising, the standard for a bridge camera is a non-interchangable (fixed) lens but they will have a good focal range and zoom and as a result your pictures will look more advanced and professional.

3) DSLR Cameras are for the serious photographer, they are purpose made for the professional and advanced user however, they do not do all the hard work for you, there is an art to it. The fact that the lens can be changed to almost any range imaginable you will not be short of choice, its is recommended that you need confidence and to be certain of your ability when using a digital SLR.


Subject to belief Megapixels aren't always the most significant aspect to consider, the pixels are the tiny squares that make up the image, for example a 5.0 Megapixel camera will contain 5 million of these small sqaures, in 2008 the average resolution purchased was 7 to 8 Megapixels, this range is adequate enough to print large images without the grain showing, 2012 is bringing affordable 14 MegaPixels and in a few cases DSLR's have 20 MegaPixels or more.

Though do not rule out the models with lower Megapixels as manufacturers are spending more time on improving and advancing the technology found in the sensor (CCD), for example the new EXR technology produces excellent results.

Your budget is a very important factor; it is very easy to be tempted to overspend on cameras and photography equipment because of the overwhelming amount of specifications and inormation manufacturers provide, firstly work out your budget and then narrow down to a few cameras based on reviews found on the internet. Forums are also a very good place to ask specific question.

To quickly summarise the abbreviated terms used please see below:-

DSLR - Digital Single Lens Reflex, is the mechanical term for the mirror system within a camera, the light and image from the lens is reflected into the view finder enabling you to 'see' what you are shooting.

CCD - Charged Coupled Device, is the image sensor within the camera that converts the optical image into an electrical signal.

This guide has been written to help our customers achieve value for money by identifying the features and benefits that they require.

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