There has been an increase in the popularity of digital cameras in the recent years. The convenience of being able to see your pictures instantly and the ability to make corrections, store and email them from a personal computer have surely added to their market growth.
People no longer think of digital cameras in terms of whether they need to purchase one but rather which one they should purchase!
It is sensible to first decide how you will be using your digital camera. If you are look for simple functionality, go for a simple point and shoot model. If on the other hand, you are looking for a digital camera with which you can gain experience, then get a point and shoot model with manual controls. This will get you the best of both â the creative options as well as an easy automatic mode.
Secondly, think of the megapixels. What is it? Think of it in terms of picture quality â the more the megapixels, the better the picture quality with the digital camera. If your needs are restricted to emailing and printing pictures, opt for a 3 or 4 megapixel digital camera. If you will be enlarging pictures or require the digital camera for more professional work, then opt for 5 to 6 megapixels. For undeniable clarity with each picture, go for 7 or more megapixels. Another thing to keep in mind is the higher the megapixels, the higher the camera’s price!
Let us now talk about the zoom capabilities of a digital camera. There are 2 kinds of zoom, optical zoom and digital zoom. The optical zoom is more important as it brings objects closer without distorting the picture quality. With the digital zoom, objects to come closer but the quality is lost. For everyday photos, a 1x to 4x optical zoom should be good enough. For pictures of say sporting events, you will need 5x or more whereas intense pictures would require 10x or more optical zoom.
With the newer technology, digital cameras have evolved into gadgets that come fully loaded and still easily fit in your short pocket! Large is better is no more the norm with digital cameras. If your requirements are professionals, then you may require a larger one though so you can use the larger optical zooms with them.