Photo Tip: “What Camera to Buy?”

by Sonya Murphy on November 24, 2009

One of the most frequently asked question I get is:  “What camera should I buy?”  Before I bought my digital cameras, I too was asking the same question.  For me, it was much easier to choose when I went to a DSLR camera than the many point and shoot compact models that are out there.  A person can become overwhelmed at the numerous models, types, and kinds of cameras that are available.

Of course, telling someone what they should buy is like telling them whom they should choose as a friend.  Everyone is so different; with such variety it’s hard to tell. What could work for one, might not work for another.  Simply put, there is really no simple answer to this question because there are several different classes of cameras, from compact to semi-pro with all of the pros and cons that go with each of them.

I think I’ve covered this subject before.  But, I figured it was a good one to do again because we are getting closer to the Christmas shopping season, where people are looking to get a new camera, upgrade to a different camera, etc.

The best advise I can give is to first make a list:
1.    What is the most important thing you want from a camera?
2.    What is it that you are mostly wanting to get pictures of?
3.    Does the size of the camera mean more to you than most other features?
4.    Any other special things you have in mind on what you want from a camera.
5.    What is the amount that you are willing to spend on a camera?

Go to a store and hold, feel and test out the cameras that are available.  Then, ask around at places that sell cameras, what they think of various cameras.  Then ask friends, family, co-workers and others what they think about their cameras.  Better yet, ask if you can try their cameras out.  Check out the consumer reports, and other helpful consumer information on cameras.  Another great resource is the Internet.  There is many resources available online to help in the decision making process.

There are a couple I would recommended  as a great place for good reliable information about camera’s.  One of my favorites is Steve’s Digicams-Camera Reviews.  Then there are two others that are also good to check out.  That is Digital Camera Review or Digital Camera Resource page at.

When we get to test some out, we start to get an idea what we are looking for.  Checking with people we know who’ll give an honest opinion of what they own and think about it is useful.  They might bring out things you might not have considered which would be helpful to know about, before buying a camera.  Checking the reviews can further strengthen or weaken your list of choices or help with those choices.

Just make sure you check it out before buying just anything that looks good.  I can guarantee that you’ll be happy that you did.  Especially since we have a great interest in scrapping those pictures we take.

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