Digital Camera Buyer's Guide

The memorable moments captured in photographs help us relive them again and again. Buying a good digital camera is therefore important to ensure that your memories do not fade away in print while still being fresh in your mind. Buying a digital camera is an important decision that must be taken only after considering a few factors. The correct choice of a digital camera for a buyer depends largely on the purpose that he or she needs it for. Thus, the first step in buying a digital camera is determining one's specific needs.

Unless you are clear about this, there is a great chance that you will be sucked in by all the marketing gimmicks and end up buying a model that is loaded with way more features that you need or will use. Begin by asking yourself some relevant questions about the need for the camera, the type of photography that you will be doing and the lighting conditions in which you will be shooting. There are different kinds of digital cameras meant for portraits, landscapes, wildlife and sports photography. Moreover, the exposure parameters also vary for digital cameras meant specifically for outdoor photography from those that are ideally suited for indoor shoots in low lights.

While amateur photographers can settle for digital cameras that come with auto mode, those serious about learning the art of photography should go for a digital cameras with long zoom lenses, image stabilization feature and large LCD display. At the same time, it is very important to pay attention to the size of the camera and its weight. These factors play a vital role in determining the portability of the gadget. In case you plan to buy a digital camera for a holiday, it should be compact in size and lightweight so that you can use it while on the move.

It is extremely important that you decide the budget of your digital camera beforehand. Once you know the answer to all the above mentioned questions, you will be much better placed with regards to making a purchasing decision. Often times, we see first time digital camera buyers laying great emphasis on the megapixel rating that various models come with. However, using this as the sole criteria for buying a digital camera is likely to make you regret your purchasing decision later on. Today, most cameras available in the market have at least 5 megapixels that suffices for nearly all purposes. Anything higher than this will consume a lot of space on your memory card as well as laptop or computer.

Before loosening your purse strings, make sure that the price of the digital camera includes various extras such as the camera case, memory card, spare batteries, recharger, filters and various lens attachments, external flashes and monopods/tripods. Some digital camera models, especially DSLRs also include reflectors in the package. Many retailers sell these extras in a bundle and offer an attractive discount on the same. In such a case make sure that you buy only what you need and do not fork out money unnecessarily.