Owning a digital camera has never been more popular for capturing all your personal and scenic moments in still photographs or video. The popularity of such devices comes from their versatility and the fact that they no longer require expensive film or developing, and you can shoot so many more images than you could on an old film camera.
With this new popularity has come significant competition from manufacturers to provide as many features for the least amount of cost. Standard features for most digital cameras now includes large LCD viewing screen to line up your shot and to check it afterwards. Also included in most digital cameras is a built-in flash, multiple settings for various conditions, ie night photography, landscape, portraits etc. Most digital cameras also include auto-focus, taking the hard work of having to read the light conditions and set the lens and shutter speed accordingly.
Most digital cameras are powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery, that lasts for several days of normal photographic use. No need to buy batteries and dispose of used ones. You can charge your battery via an ac adapter or sometimes using the USB port of your laptop.
Choosing the right digital camera for your needs
Finding out which camera is right for you is the most challenging part ! Make a short list of all the things you imagine you’ll use the camera for, ie taking snapshots of family, holiday shots, night shots and close-up shots of food, flowers or products. Most digital cameras will be able to comfortably handle a broad range of photographic conditions and applications, but some brands and models will have strengths in certain areas, especially if you want to do specialist landscape, portrait, nature and night photography.
Digital cameras come in many sizes from small compact models that fit into your pocket or purse through to large-body models with detachable SLR lenses for more professional work. One thing they all have in common is that the images taken are stored on a SD or data card, enabling a large number of images to be taken and edited at a later time.
Transferring the images taken with your camera to a computer can be done by removing the SD memory card from the camera and inserting it into a laptop, or it can be inserted directly into a photo-booth to develop prints. You can also edit or delete unwanted images off your SD memory card directly from your camera by going through the menu and finding the “delete” settings.
Popular brands of digital cameras are Canon, Panasonic, FujiFilm, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, Samsung, Leica, Pentax and Ricoh etc. One of the most popular cameras is the Canon, based on searches on PriceMe.
One of the quickest ways to refine your search for the right camera is to read expert reviews on sites such as PriceMe. Here you will find which cameras tested and rated well for various uses, which will help you narrow down the options of which brands and models will work best for you.