Cameras are a great device which help their owners to record or capture any moment that they wish to and then watch and reminiscent those memories again and again. Like any other technology, cameras have also transformed over the time and every individual is looking to buy a digital camera. The earlier cameras came with the trouble of role purchase and development whereas the digital cameras don’t. However, these digital cameras are costlier which is why it is prudent to keep all the specifics and uses in mind when one is wishing to purchase a new digital camera. The following lines provide a simple digital camera buying guide, in the form of question-answers, which can be looked over before buying the camera to ensure that the best choice is chosen.
• What is the budget allotted for digital camera?
When you see the long range of flashy cameras lined up in a showroom or camera store, it would be very easy to get tempted with the idea of going for a camera which is costlier than what you would have wanted it to be. Cheap cameras can also click good images which can be sent via email or can be used for printing them which is why a flashier and costlier camera would be a waste of money. Hence, if these functions are required then a cheaper one can be bought but do give some thought to film or memory costs as well as any software or cables which are needed to be bought along with them.
• What type of camera should be chosen?
Cameras can be divided into two types considering the weight that they are composed of. Normal families and travelers can go for the usual compact camera whereas professional photographers or people wishing to get high quality images of events. A wide range of compact cameras are available in the market these days and most of these have features which were once seen in only large cameras. There are a lot of lighter cameras which can be easily carried by travelers but these are mostly prone to shaking effects due to their small size and press on the capture button. If one is looking for a small camera then he/she should look for one with image stabilization which gets great quality image without the shake.
Then there are the large cameras which come with a lot more features, greater zoom capacity, more controls when it comes to picture capture and also a larger LCD screen to view the pictures. The third type of camera is the SLR camera. These cannot and shouldn’t be used by beginners as the controls and features can be quite confusing. The experienced photographer can change the lenses of these cameras aside from sticking with a single worn out lens. However, this means that it would be a part of bigger kit which could add the weight that the photographer has to carry around with him/her.
• Choosing Between Digital and Film:
One might get confused as to why this point is being covered in a digital camera but a lot of people still wish to know if they are making the right choice by not choosing a film a. The following lines provide an apt comparison between a digital and film camera. A digital camera uses a lot more power than a film one and it also requires more frequent recharges. The film cameras work on disposable batteries but they need not be changed infrequently.
The recording images are captured by the sensors and then stored on the memory card. The number of images can vary according to the image size and the memory card size. On the other hand, the film camera’s sensor varies according to the sensitive towards light and size. Moreover, the film reel cannot be used again if once taken out and cannot be used even if there is some unused space. The time taken to capture the image is longer in digital cameras because of the shutter lag but it is being reduced a lot in the newer models. The film camera can take photos instantly on the turn.
The best part about digital camera is that the image can be reviewed after taking it whereas the film camera needs a lot of time to view the photos because the film has to be developed and then viewed. Moreover, the digital camera can also be connected to a PC or LCD TV to view the images whereas the film camera cannot do this. The film cameras can also incorporate features of image editing and video captures which the film camera isn’t able to do. Hence, it is clear that digital cameras hold a very big edge over the film ones.
• Quality of the Pictures:
The picture quality depends on mainly three things which are lens, resolution and sensor. The size of the lens and its price can make a large impact on the quality of the image produced by a camera. Cheaper and smaller lenses produce images with less quality than those from the ones with expensive lenses but modern software are able to counter this defect when it comes to smaller images. The resolution of the camera consists of the pixels of the captured image. For example, 1.3 MP (megapixel) or 2 MP cameras can easily capture images and produce it till size of 6X4 inches. A 3 MP camera can easily produce quality images on computer or for 8X10 inch prints. A four megapixel one can get enlargements of 10X14 whereas 4+MP can get higher prints or for professional captures.
The sensor of the camera also affects the image quality because if the sensor cannot capture enough light then the image quality would be very low. However, one cannot judge as to whether the sensor quality is good or not which is why one should ask for user reviews on these one before buying.
• Features of a camera:
The LCD of the camera acts as the viewfinder and larger ones provide better image view which can better provide image edit and focal points. The second feature is the optical zoom which allows the user to capture clearer picture of things and people which are far away from the lens of the camera by expanding the lens so that a selected section of the image is captured with higher resolution. Basic cameras come with 3X zoom or three times the magnification of lens. There is also the digital zoom which uses inbuilt camera software to enlarge the image part. Another feature is the built in flash which brightens or illuminates the objects present in a dark environment. Some other features include auto focus option (the images are focused automatically before captured), different picture modes (such as landscape and vertical) and white balance which affects the image quality according to the light in which the object is standing/sitting.