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How To Choose A Digital Camera For Beginners

How To Choose A Digital Camera For Beginners

How To Choose A Digital Camera For Beginners. Watch this video tutorial for the best techniques and tips of choosing a buying a digital camera. With VideoJug's help, those photo albums will be perfection.

Step 1: Why digital?

Digital cameras have several advantages over film cameras:
You can see the photos straight away.
You can save them onto the camera.
You can adjust them on your computer.
Your photos can then be printed out, stored on your computer, or shared on the web.

Step 2: What do you need the camera for?

The broad range of digital cameras on the market today reflects the broad range of needs that digital photography can meet. Are you a point and shooter who needs a broad range of automatic settings? Are you an accomplished photographer who demands complete control from your camera? Or are you someone in between, who wants a camera they can grow with? This film has been made for the novice photographer who wants a fun camera that can take the strain out of good quality pictures.

Step 3: What to look for:

Step 4: Comfort & Weight

Pick up the camera and hold it. Does it feel comfortable to hold? Don't buy something too bulky if you want to carry it around in your pocket. There are a good range of compacts available for beginners, so there's no need to settle for something too heavy.

Step 5: Viewfinder

There are 2 types of viewfinders used on digital cameras.

You can use a small glass window found at the back of your camera. This is an optical viewfinder. Not all digital cameras have one.

Digital cameras usually have LCD viewfinders. This is a screen that is larger than the optical viewfinder. It makes framing a picture very easy and shows the image after you have taken it. The best LCD's are the ones with highest numbers of pixels, as this means the image you see more closely resembles the image you've captured.

LCD screens are difficult to use in bright sunshine and can drain a set of batteries - so look for a camera with both an optical and LCD viewfinder.

Step 6: Resolution

Digital images are made up of a grid of dots which each contain the information for that part of the picture. These dots are pixels. The more pixels, the sharper the image.

A megapixel is one million pixels. The current range is from 1.3 megapixels to around 22 - and the price rises with the pixels.

But remember the high end pixel counts only really pay off if you print enlarged pictures and only if the printer you use can cope with that much information.

Step 7: Lens

Get a good optical zoom lens. It will allow you to go in much closer and give your photo more detail.

Watch out for 'digital zooms' as they only crop the picture and blow up the remainder. As there are now less pixels in the picture, the quality suffers.

Step 8: Camera Modes

There are some conditions which make it difficult for a camera to capture a good image on its normal settings. Almost all of these conditions are to do with light - either too much or too little. A digital camera which has preset camera modes can save you the bother of having to delve into shutter speeds and iris settings to get a better picture.

Common modes include:
"Party" or "night" mode which allows photographs for darker scenes
"Portrait" mode in which the camera attempts to blur the background of a shot to bring the subject out of the picture
"Landscape" in which the camera tries to show detail in background and foreground.
And "Sports" mode in which the camera uses an increased shutter speed to try and freeze moving objects.

Step 9: Extra Features

In addition to these camera modes, some models include extra features which increase the types of pictures you can take with your camera.

"Movie" or "Video" mode allows a stills camera to take moving video pictures for short lengths of time

"Stitch" mode allows the photographer to combine several shots to create one very wide shot. This is a great function for getting those panoramic views.

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