Are you looking for a digital camera but getting confused by all the features, doodads and tech talk? These instructions should help you figure out what type of camera you need. Since there are so many different models of digital camera, it might be best to start by deciding on three or four of these attributes that are most important to you.
Once you’ve determined what these are, you can narrow your online search or ask at a camera shop for cameras that satisfy these requirements.
- Consider a digital SLR camera for more control. An SLR digital camera (sometimes referred to as DSLR) provides you with much more creative control. Most of these have both automatic and manual adjustment for lighting and focusing. If you want additional control over the technical aspects of photography, or if you enjoy playing around with color settings and flash, look for digital SLR cameras. Be aware that these are almost always more expensive than point and shoot cameras.
- Consider a cheaper and simpler point and shoot camera. If you want a simple, inexpensive camera with a low learning curve, consider a point and shoot digital camera. These have a viewfinder that’s simply a “window” through the camera, rather than an exact image of what the camera will photograph, and may have fewer settings to alter.The picture quality will likely be worse because of this, but there is a wide range of quality in point and shoot cameras, so do not rule them out before you investigate.