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Firstly you need to decide on what level of use you require.  Do you want an easy to use point and shoot camera or on that’s more advanced with extra features?  Also consider your budget – how much do you want to spend on your camera?  If buying for a child a simple point and shoot camera would be suitable until they show photography is something they may like to take further.  Feeling like you need camera help now – below are a few tips to help you choose your camera.
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What types of cameras are there?
The three most popular cameras are point and shoot, mirror less interchangeable lens and digital SLRs (DSLRs).


Point and shoot cameras

Point and shoot cameras range from compact simple to use to more advanced with long zooms, higher quality sensors or full manual exposure controls.  These generally capture up to three frames per second.   Tip:  look for optical image stabilization, zoom lenses and Wi-Fi connectivity.

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If you’re looking to take your photography to the next level that will take better quality photos then try a mega zoom camera.  They have longer zoom lenses from a wide-angle and zoom to long telephoto.  At the higher end of the range you will find longer lenses with full featured models with DSLR style bodies.  You will find the size larger than the standard point and shoot cameras as these offer more features.  Tip:  look for a 1” type sensor starting ranging from $500 upwards.

Mirror less interchangeable lens cameras
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For the photographer who is looking for a more superior image quality, greater creative options and faster performance than a standard point and shoot camera.  Micro Four Thirds offer a good balance of image quality and size while APS-C and full frame will provide better image quality.  ILC will allow you to use a variety of lenses which make these great for landscape, sports and wildlife photography.  Panasonic, Olympus, Sony, Canon and Nikon offer a great range.  A great mirror less interchangeable lens camera will allow you to take up to 400 photographs per battery charge.

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DSLR cameras

Are great for action photography as they track movement more efficiently.  The optical viewfinder component allows you a clear view of your photographic subject in a wide range of light conditions without any image lag.  A great DSLR camera will allow you to take 1,000 photos per battery charge.  These are great for environments where you require your equipment to be able to take a few knocks due to their superior weather sealing and solid construction.  Great DSLR speeds can shoot at 10 fps or greater.  The downside for DSLR cameras are their size and weight due to the additional components.

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Image quality and megapixel counts

A more important factor than megapixel alone is the size and quality of the image sensor along with corresponding optics.  As it is compact and easily portable it will have a smaller sensor which will reduce the image quality.  Larger DSLR cameras will give you greater photographic quality but does come in a bulkier body.

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Do you need a digital or optical zoom?

An optical zoom uses real optics to get you closer to your subject with digital zoom copping an image after it is taken and then blowing it up to the original size.

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Other specs to consider

Shooting modesdo you want your shooting mode set to auto or manual?  Not sure, then look for a both so that as your photography skills increase you can take your photography to the next level.

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Most default to JPEG for your images.  For more control over your photo prior to publishing then RAW is what you need as it allows you to brighten, lower highlights and make adjustments to color balancing which requires a larger memory card and hard drive space.



Seeking camera help now before you purchase your camera can help you to avoid making a costly mistake.  Camera help now is available if you are experiencing issues with SD video cameras.


Author:  Diane Klem-Goode




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