Buying Guide for a Digital Camera

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When shopping for a camera, there are a lot of things to take into consideration so you do not end up with a camera you do not really need. The first thing to consider is what do you really need the camera for. Are you going to be taking portraits or landscape photography, would the picture be taken indoors or outdoors?

Is portability a must for you or do you prefer large cameras? Also, your budget range is very important when looking to buy a camera. Once you are able to answer these questions, you will be able to have a clearer picture of what you want when shopping for your digital camera.

Another important fact to consider is having a clear understanding of what a compact camera and a digital SLR camera is.




A compact camera is also known as a point-and-shoot camera and is designed primarily for simple operation. It has a portable size and comes with built-in lens, flash and some useful extras like Wi-Fi for file sharing. Whereas, a digital SLR camera has removable lenses and large image sensors which enables it deliver high picture quality.

It is a well-known fact that the quality of lens used will greatly impact the image quality so the DSLR’s ability to use different lenses makes it very ideal for professional photography.




If you are an experienced photographer, then the DSLR camera will appeal to you more since it comes with manual controls which lets you use your own settings when capturing images or shooting videos but if you are beginner, then the compact camera with its simple operation will suit you best.


As a first time buyer, you might be tempted by the megapixel count on a camera but you should not be carried away by this. When it comes to megapixels on a camera, the perception that more is better is some way off.

Higher megapixels does not necessarily mean better image quality as the quality of an image in more dependent of the lens, sensor, processor and image stabilization technology. In the end all a high megapixel does is to increase the size of the image captured.


After finally deciding on the camera you want, you also will need camera accessories to help you get the best photography experience.

Having said this, you have to clearly differentiate between what you need from what you want. If you have gotten a DSLR camera, then you might want to get removable lenses to enable you capture high quality images. Also, external flashes and filters will enable you get the best out of your camera.

There are other accessories like tripods/monopods, camera cases, reflectors, and spare batteries/chargers that will give you more from your camera but you need to be absolutely sure you need it before buying any.