Digital Cameras

By: Joshua Beachan

Digital photography is becoming more and more popular as digital cameras drop in price. Even five years ago it seemed that even the most basic digital camera was extremely expensive. If you wanted any bells and whistles you would need to spend much more money that seemed worth it. Since then digital cameras have come down in price, even the ones with all the extras are quite reasonable. Digital photography is so versatile and wonderfully easy to do.

Before you buy a new camera, think about some of the features. Most people in the market for a digital camera have at least one computer at home. It isn't a necessity, as many of the camera companies also sell special printers that interface with the camera. In that situation you can print your pictures without using a separate computer. If you have a computer, then you're in luck. You can load the pictures from the camera to your PC and manipulate them with the aid of photo software. When they look like you want them to, then upload them to a picture sharing program or website and share them with family and friends. All of you will have the option of printing the pictures as well.

Resolution is a major factor to consider in your camera. Mega-pixels vary by camera, so it depends on your needs. They range from 2.0 to 12.0 mega-pixels. The average buyer wouldn't need anything larger than 4, unless you wanted to blow your pictures up to a very large size. In general 3.0 to 4.0 mega-pixels are fine for most consumers, as these resolutions produce clear, beautiful pictures.

You also want to decide on the type of zoom you want your camera to have. You can find digital or optical zoom. Of the two, optical is far superior. With digital zoom, you often get pictures that are grainy. Since optical zoom is more expensive, don't buy it unless you know you will use it.

You may want to purchase extra memory by getting a memory card. Often the internal memory isn't enough, especially if you're taking a trip. Without the card, you may end up with only 30 pictures or so. Memory cards aren't prohibitive in cost, and with it you will be able to store hundreds of pictures.

Your digital camera should come with software to help you edit and manipulate your pictures. Usually this software is fairly basic, but you can do some cool functions such as changing a color photo to black and white or sepia tones. With more sophisticated software you can even edit objects and people out of your pictures.

Hopefully, this information helped you understand digital photography better. Often we are intimidated by new technology, but these cameras are great! They really are easy to use and you deserve to treat yourself.

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