Buying a Point and Shoot Camera

buying a point and shoot camera

When you want to memorialize everything that happens in your life the first place you turn is to your camera. If you are going to buy a new camera so that you can keep track of all those things you want to get the best camera that you can. To help you figure out which is the best camera for you there are some things that you want to think about.

The Glass. That’s the lens. You want to make sure that you are buying a camera that has the best lens possible. A bad lens means bad pictures. Think Nikon and Canon.

Modes. Are you going to be shooting friends and family, or are you going to be shootings a lot of outdoor pictures or action shots? All cameras have several different modes that can let you shoot different things. Check out the modes on the cameras to make sure that they suit your purpose.

The User. Are you buying yourself a new camera, or one for your teenager or younger child. If it’s for a child get one that is made especially for children. They aren’t the best quality, but they are extremely durable. Your teenager doesn’t need the best camera on the market, no matter how much they want it.

The Budget. Generally the higher the cost, the better the camera. Even on a limited budget you can find a good camera. Buy the best quality camera you can. This isn’t the time to cheap out. However, keep an eye on sales to see if a better camera comes into your budget range.

Frames Per Second. FPS is the wait time in between taking pictures. Look for something that is 1.5 fps or faster. You might also look for continuous drive. That’s when you take multiple pictures by holding down the button. The camera doesn’t save the pictures until you finish shooting.

Batteries. Do not buy a digital camera that runs on AA batteries. You will burn through them. You want a Li-on rechargeable battery. It’s lighter and lasts longer.

Zoom. Everyone wants to get close to the action. Most people don’t realize is that there are two kinds of zoom. Optical zoom moves the lens to bring your subject in closer. Digital zoom just enlarges the picture and cuts out the already existing information. It isn’t a true zoom.

LCD Screen. This is the viewfinder in the back of the camera. They are generally 1.5-2 inches. That may not sound like a big difference, but it is. If you get a flip out screen you can get a different perspective than without one.

Resolution. It is getting easier to get good resolution. Even the least expensive cameras are general 5 megapixels. Five mp will give you a good picture all the way to 8×10. The more mp, the better.

Your Instincts. Go to the store, pick it up, kick the tires, see how it feels. You might find that once you pick it up and try it out that you change your mind as to which one you want.

These tips can help you pick out a great point and shoot camera. Then you will be ready to go out and take all the pictures you want.

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