How to Buy Digital Cameras Today

Have you ever wondered how to wisely select the digital camera that matches your needs and expectations? Choosing which digital camera to buy may be very complicated and irritating because there are too many technical factors and elements involved in the process. Moreover, having a lack of technical background or experience with technology can cause more confusion. There are three fundamental factors that any digital camera consumer should take a careful look at before buying: the type of a digital camera, megapixels, and memory capacity.

The purpose of your digital camera is the single most important part of your selection. In other words, what is the camera going to be used for? Are you going to use it to make professional pictures like a paparazzi? or maybe you just want to use it take picture for yourself and your family when you go out. In short, there are two basic categories of digital cameras: professional and personal/family digital cameras. The professional ones tend to have higher picture quality and more functions; however, at the same time, they are significantly more expensive than the personal/family ones. The price of a family digital camera can range from $50 up to $400 and $500 but the professional ones can cost from $400 up to a few thousand dollars. So, before you buy one, know what you are going to use it for.

There is a very high correlation between the number of pixels in an image and the overall quality of the image. Pixel is the smallest unit of a picture that can be controlled or represented. Digital cameras are usually measured in megapixels, which is referred as one million pixels in an image. The higher the number of pixels in the picture, the higher the quality of the image tends to be. For example, if one camera has 5 megapixels and the other one has 10 megapixels, the quality of the image taken by the 10 megapixel camera will be significantly higher most of the time.

It is very important that you do not forget to find out the memory capacity because you certainly do not want to miss that one unforgettable picture because your camera’s memory is full. The memory of a camera is measured in megabytes or gigabytes. 1 megabyte is equal to 1 million bytes and 1 gigabyte is equal to 1 billion bytes. Always remember, the higher the amount of memory in a camera, the more picture you can take and store. Internal memory and external memory are the two memory categories of a camera. Internal memory is the on-board memory the camera has in its internal hard drive and the external memory is the external hard drive of a camera, which is usually a removable memory chip. In order to figure out the memory capacity of a digital camera, pay attention to the maximum internal memory the camera has (this memory cannot be increased or decreased) and also the maximum memory chip the camera can take (cameras are limited to the amount of external memory they can take).

In conclusion, taking into consideration the three basic elements, which are type, megapixels, and memory will make you a more informed consumer and they will help you to make a very wise purchase.