Being a tech teacher allots a considerable amount of questions when it comes to buying electronics. “Which computer to buy? Which external hard drive? Which phone? etc.” I neither profess nor even hint to the fact that I am not an expert on the latest gadgets available on the market at the time. However, I will always sit down with the person and have a good look at what the new and improved versions are of whichever gadget he or she is interested in. One of the questions I get asked a lot is, “Which camera should I buy?” In this article I am not going to mention any brand names and definitely not any models, but I will talk about some things that you might want to consider.
- Think about how you want to use it? For example, do you want it at the ready all the time? If this is a factor, I would consider getting something small, that fits in your pocket and is probably a part of some phone or other multipurpose electronic equipment? Most phones these days have a pretty good built in camera with a high enough resolution to make the average user happy.
- Are you serious about photography? If this is a primary concern then you will want to consider a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflect) camera with interchangeable lenses.
- Most cameras on the market these days will take a fairly good photograph. It is only if you want to blow pictures up beyond an 8.5×11 that you need to start concerning yourself with how many megapixels the camera is.
- Find one that suits your needs: underwater, stylish, durable, small, usb connection, etc. There are so many choices and there are many new things that cameras can do like red-eye flash, panorama shots, 3d photographs, geo-tracking, and more that you need to figure out what concerns you the most and then prioritize. Good websites to compare would be:
- DPReview Buying Guide
- Let’s go Digital Online magazine for digital imaging
- CNet Reviews Find a Digital Camera