It wasn’t long ago that digital cameras were basically for the overabundant and the geeks; if you spent just a few dollars you didn’t get anything worth having, and if you really desired something good.. well, you’d better be in the script about the Rich and Famous.
Technology and costs have changed drastically in the last few years, and it appears as if today that digital cameras nearly outnumber all the basic film cameras, and to all but the classic picture taking buffs, digital is the way to go.
Even conventional photography studios use digital, often in combining, with film.
Why? What’s the drawing card? Instant availableness and the power to discard unwanted photos without cost penalty is one main attraction. The second is the ability to share, publish, store your photographs.
The purist testament still reason that for professional degree picture taking and the fullest range of results that film is the only way to go. If he were shooting today, it is doubtful that Ansel Adams would be using digital.
For the rest of us, digital seems to be the way to go.
Now assuming you have not yet made the plunge, the vastest question is “Where Do I start?” or “What do I buy?” or “How Do I Compare?”
Your biggest doubt will end up being an right one: After you have been taught and guided, do you buy from that stock, or take your cognition and model to the cyberspaces or a discount store and make your buy. If you do, keep in mind that the full serving store may offer just that.. servicing after the sale; maybe an advance trade in policy, and other intangibles that must be assigned value.
Before you venture out, opting the right camera begins with asking yourself “What do I want this for?” “What kinds of photos do I expect to be taking?” “How many at a time?” (Addresses memory and storage issues). “What kind of light will most of my images be in?” “Will I be carrying this camera for long periods of time?”(Think of weight). And lastly, and this is important.. What kind of batteries does this camera use; how available are they, and what do they cost? Most digital cameras are real battery hogs, so it is main that batteries are readily available.. and maybe rechargable.. but if you are on a 3 week safari in Africa and you don’t have chargers handy.. what are your options? How many photos? Memory cards available easily? Or do you have to dump and download often? On a long holiday you don’t want to shoot all day and fill up.. and then not have a computer handy to dump into?
Compared to film where it’s just “pop a new roll” digital cameras bought that don’t match the photographers needs can be a detriment, not an asset.
Once you choose, then you need to know how to compare pricing and benefits.. but that’s the subject for another article.
Choose wisely and you’ll love your new camera!