Compare Digital Cameras

Before buying compare Digital Cameras!

Whether you are planning to buy your first digital camera, or replace one that you have been using for years, it is essential to compare at least a few digital cameras before you make a choice. So how do you go about the process where you can compare digital cameras accurately? Here's what you need to consider when you compare digital cameras, regardless of make and price.

If you look at the specifications of any camera, you will see that there are certain fairly standard items. These will usually include:

- the number of megapixels the camera has,
- the type, format and size (or diameter) of the camera's sensor,
- image resolution you will be able to achieve,
- the image file formats that you will be able to use (for example RAW or JPEG),
- detailed information about its optics (including the lens mount, zoom ratio, aperture range and digital zoom facility),
- whether the camera has a video function,
- the type of auto focus it has,
- whether or not it has manual focus as well as auto focus,
- whether it has an optical viewfinder, and if so, what type it is (for example single lens reflex or SLR, or compact),
- information about the liquid crystal display or LCD viewfinder, if it has one,
- what exposure possibilities it has including ISO settings, white balance and exposure compensation (EC),
- whether it has a built-in flash or not, and if so what modes it has (red-eye reduction for example),
- its usable memory,
- the type of battery it uses, and
- any software it comes with, and how this can help you.

You can start out by comparing these different features. Then you can compare the size of the unit as well as its weight and any accessories it is supplied with. Price is, of course, a very important factor, and one that might be the deciding point. But just because it is the most expensive of its kind doesn't necessarily mean it is the best.

So it is also a good idea to look at some reviews to see what other people think about the models you are considering. You will find these in magazines, camera publications, and on the Internet.

Once you have a fairly good idea of what you want, go and look at different models in shops. Hold them, feel them and ask questions, but don't allow yourself to be persuaded by fast-talking salespeople. It is much better for you to make up your own mind, once you have had the opportunity to compare digital camera.

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