Finding the perfect digital camera

Finding the perfect digital camera

Summer is finally here, which can only mean one thing – soon it will be time to jet off to sunnier shores for the yearly holiday to soak up the rays and have some much needed time off! For some reason in my circle of friends I am considered to be the ‘technical’ one – for what reason I really do not know but I was recently asked how to pick the best digital camera by a friend who was heading to the Caribbean and wanted something for her holiday snaps.

Well, of course there is no sure fire way to choose a digital camera but you can use your common sense and follow some simple steps before you buy one.
First of all – buy a camera with the features you need. Do not go getting sucked into buying a more expensive model packed with features you will never use. Ask yourself a few simple questions – what do you want the camera for? What will you be taking pictures of? Will you be using the auto shoot mode or do you want to learn the basics of photography? What features are you looking for – lots of zoom, image stabilization, big LCD display, red eye reduction etc? How much do you want to spend?
Once you have answered these then you can get on with choosing a digital camera. The first thing to remember is that, contrary to popular belief, mega pixels are not the end all to picking a camera. Most cameras these days come with 5+ mega pixels which is perfectly good if you are looking to point and shoot. The most important thing to think about is whether you will be printing the shots. If you are looking to print out normal size photos then anything above 4 mega pixels should be fine – if you are looking to blow up some of the prints then you can look at a larger mega pixel size.
Optical zoom is more valuable than digital zoom. Digital zoom enlarges the pixels in your shot and can make your shots blurred and grainy whereas optical zoom increases the size of your subject giving you clearer pictures.
Read some reviews – once you have narrowed down your selection check out some online customer reviews, there is nothing like getting some user feedback to find out the pros and cons.
The most important thing is to set a budget for how much you want to spend and to stick to it. There are plenty of online sites where you can get some great deals so shop around and save as much money as you can. Why not visit www.very.co.uk and find a great range of digital cameras to catch them special moments.

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