To tempt potential customers, it seems like several manufacturers release the newest best digital cameras every month, if not every week. And for us, it’s just not working!
We finally have enough money to purchase that eye-popping, 7 mega pixel, 10x digital zoom, portable, candy-colored, up to 512MB expandable memory of super hi-speed SD memory card, not to mention very portable, digital camera after spending a significant amount of time deciding which is the best one for us at the mall (that will be the envy of almost everyone we know). We march to the mall armed with our life money and a great deal of self-confidence when we see a new display: an eight-megapixel camera with up to 1G of expandable memory, a built-in microphone, stereo surround sound, the ability to playback videos, and 22 different scenic modes. We sigh as the maker of this incredible device asserts that it is the best digital camera currently available. We therefore purchase the “best digital camera” with our life savings and a few credit cards since we always want the best. However, that doesn’t last very long; after about two months, another “greatest digital camera” comes out.
And so it confuses us. What makes a digital camera, the best digital camera?
Factors to Consider When Looking for the Best Digital Cameras
Well, there are certain factors to consider when looking for the “best digital camera” for us.
MEGAPIXELS. The mega pixel feature of a digital camera is one of the most crucial components for it to qualify for the best digital camera category. The quality of the final image will improve with greater mega pixels. One million pixels make to a mega pixel. The mega pixel capability of your camera determines the resolution of your image. This implies that you would see less hazy colors and greater detail when you magnify the image.
LCD SIZE. The best digital camera will always have a large LCD to help you frame your subject without having to squint to the viewfinder. This is also helpful when reviewing your images, some cameras enable touch up and editing features with its LCD. A 1.5-inch display is average, a 2-inch LCD display is good, but the best LCD size would be 2.5 inches or higher.
ZOOM. The majority of digital cameras offer optical and digital zoom. Higher digital zooms are never preferable to higher optical zooms. The optical zoom on digital cameras typically ranges from 3x to 10x. The category for top digital cameras becomes higher the better the optical zoom.
MEMORY CARD. Make sure your memory card is the appropriate one for your digital camera at all times. There are various memory card types, including xD, SD, Flash cards, and others. Additionally, certain digital cameras are compatible with these memory card formats. Of course, while deciding on the best digital cameras, memory capacity is also a top consideration. Select the amount of memory you require; if you’re a photo hoarder, you might require more than 32MB. Cards for memory can hold up to 1G.
The key point to find the best digital camera is to find one that will best fit you and your lifestyle. Don’t just buy the latest or the one that claims they are the best digital cameras out in the market. You wouldn’t want to buy a DSLR and use it with your home activities or family outing and have to lug it around?! Or you don’t want to buy the latest point and shoot camera when you’re serious about being a professional photographer. (Of course, you can use this for starters, but if you’re not a novice photographer anymore, you wouldn’t want to get this kind of camera.)
Actually, the best digital camera is the one that you will enjoy and use. Not the type that you’ll just leave rotting in its box or after a few weeks of usage or so, up there in the attic.