I remember when digital cameras first came out and the better models were those which came in different colors, had high megapixel shooting abilities, and of course it included added features like sound or video recording.
Nowadays, it is a rare find if you see a camera that comes with less than ten megapixels. Almost all cameras today boast of having high-resolution imaging. The great thing about these cameras is that more features have been added and they’ve become easier to operate. Pressing a few control buttons or one touch on the touch screen monitor does the trick.
Point-and-shoots, interchangeable lenses, DSLRs, compact cameras, chances are you name it they have it. But because of these efforts, although there are a lot of models to choose from, it can take a lot of time before you find your perfect digital camera.
But of course, the manufacturers who developed these digital cameras consistently make an effort as well to remain highly competitive in the industry. The new challenge is to see who can produce the best line of specialized cameras that can cater to different shooting styles.
From my experience, the best way that you will come closer to finding the best personal digital camera is if you try the cameras as you shop.
The Big Picture on Selecting the best Digital Camera
The first thing you should do is determine the purpose for buying a digital camera. Are you a sports photographer? Then you should get a DSLR. If you are like me and simply want to capture moments with friends and family then the DSLR may just end up catching dust in your room. Make sure you get a camera with manual controls though so that you will be able to take pictures in different settings.
Shopping for cameras based on megapixel count is not a good idea. Most high-megapixel cameras need special sensor attachments otherwise you end up with poor-quality shots. Choose the megapixel count based on your purpose. For example, a typical point-and-shoot camera can yield a five megapixel capability.
And a tip to save space on your memory card is to adjust the picture resolution depending on your planned print size. When it comes to batteries, go for the rechargeable ones, they may cost more than the regular AA’s but they will save you more money in the long run. If your camera needs it, invest in a travel charger too.