How to buy a Digital Camera.

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These are the cheapest digital cameras and also the most easy to use. They tend to lack the build quality of more expensive models. Many entry level cameras also offer lower picture quality, increased delay times between pressing the shutter button and the picture being taken and they will also lack some of the latest features such as High Definition movies. The upside is if you select the right camera you should be able to take perfectly acceptable snapshots.

Within this category cameras tend to have fewer features than more standard digital cameras. The upside of this is that they are easier to use. In fact one of the biggest advantages of this type of digital camera is ease of use. This is an area where manufacturers have put in a great deal of effort over the last couple of years and many cameras are now very straightforward.

Obviously you have to accept that these digital cameras will have some limitations when compared to more expensive models. The cameras are routinely made of plastic and there is often a noticeable difference in their build quality when compared to other types of digital camera. 

You are also likely to find that the cameras struggle indoors and in lowlight in general. This problem leads to a degree of blurring in photos where the camera is unable to focus properly and also a darkening of each photo. There are exceptions to this rule if you look around. 

Shutter lag is also an issue. This is the time between pressing the shutter button and the picture being taken. This can lead to photo opportunities being missed. There are a small number of cameras available that can overcome this problem, but there are a larger number where this is a major flaw. 

Another area where cameras can suffer from limitations is with the movie mode. For TV quality movies I recommend a resolution of 640 x 480 and a recording speed of 30 frames per second. Many cameras in this category cannot meet these requirements. You may also find examples where no sound is recorded and the recording time for the movie is strictly limited. 

In an effort to keep costs down many digital cameras no longer come with a viewfinder. Another reason for this trend is the increasing size of LCD screens. Many Simple and Easy models now boast screen sizes of 2.5". 

Digital Cameras I reccomend to you:

Canon Powershoot A3100 IS (RRP £94.40)
Nikon Coolpix L22 (RRP £59.00)
Canon Powersot A495 (RRP £54.90)
Samsung S1060 (RRP £77.99)

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