If you’re interested in buying a digital camera but aren’t quite sure exactly what you’re looking for, it’s important to decide what you want before blindly entering the market. There are hundreds of different
digital cameras out there with different functions and features, so if you don’t want to be spending too much on a fancy camera you won’t use or too little on a compact camera that doesn’t do what you want, there are some questions you need to ask yourself before making a purchase.
Firstly and most importantly, you need to know what you want to use the camera for. If you just want to take snapshots of your family and friends, a simple point and shoot camera is probably best as this requires no fiddling with settings and shooting modes. If you’re more interesting in taking artistic shots or landscapes, you may want to invest in a higher quality camera or even a DSLR. If you dream of becoming a digital artist or professional photographer, you will need to be shelling out a lot of cash for the top of the range.
You should also consider what you’re going to be doing with the photos you take. If you intend to keep them in digital format, the resolution on your camera is not as important. If, on the other hand, you intend to have your photos printed or print them yourself then you will want a higher resolution. The higher the resolution, the better quality images you will be able to take. If you have your own photo printer, this will probably have a resolution requirement and will not be able to print pictures taken at a lower resolution than this.
Another important factor to think about is storage. If you’re going to be taking this camera on holiday with you or to any special events, you might want one with a high storage capacity so that you can take as many photos as you want. Alternatively, you may want to buy a camera with a memory card facility so that you can buy several of these to take lots of photos and sort them accordingly.