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Tips for Buying a Digital Camera

We live in the age of digital cameras and selfies. Cameras are literally all around us, on our smartphones, game consoles, televisions, computers and tablets. Don’t be surprised if we start to see them being integrated into our home appliances. These are already becoming smarter by the year. If you’re on the market for a digital camera, whether it’s to take photos of family moments or wildlife adventures, you can use the following tips as a buyer’s guide.

Before You Start Shopping

Before you begin your search for a digital camera, there are some important things you should know. For starters, don’t get caught up in the specs. These are great to know, but won’t really tell you which camera is the best one. Plus, some specs are over-hyped and turn out to be a dud. Also, megapixels don’t really matter. The resolution of your camera is only essential if you’re going to be taking professional photographs. What you want to be looking for include sensor size, image-stabilization and auto-focus.

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As you’re looking around, don’t try to find the absolute best or newest digital camera on the market. Sometimes, the newest isn’t always the greatest. You may be able to find a model from a year or two ago that has exceptional photo quality, features, performance and design (plus it’s much cheaper).

Lastly, always try the camera before you buy it. You may find that it’s too large, clunky or heavy for your liking. Or that the functions are too complicated or lacking. Drive over to a tech store to get your hands on the model you’re interested in to test it out beforehand.

Some Considerations to Keep in Mind

Once you begin shopping around for your camera, you want to determine if it has a fixed lens or interchangeable lens. If it has a lens that’s interchangeable, then you can easily switch it out for one that has better quality and performance. The fixed lens have its own advantages, such as being compact in size, no need to swap lenses and are typically higher quality than the interchangeable lenses shipped with most cameras.

Another thing you should consider is dSLR or mirrorless lenses. A lot of people think that dSLRs are the best on the market for quality. However, there are mirrorless models that have high performance and sophisticated auto-focus systems. These tend to be in the midrange to higher-end of the price spectrum though.

The quality and control of the video features is something you want to look at if you’re planning to do a lot of recording. If you’re just a casual recorder, then good auto-focus would suffice. However, if you’re going to be an avid filmer, then you may want to look into 4K support and other advanced features, such as all-intra codecs, various frame rate options and tone curves that are customizable.

There’s a whole lot that goes into figuring out which camera is right for you. You can use the above tips to help you determine some of the features that are important to consider when buying a digital camera.

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