Choosing the Right Camera for You #1

From WikiHow

Having trouble deciding what camera to buy? Don’t know what camera will fit your needs? Not sure what your needs are? Read this and find out.

Step 1

Define your needs

  1. Write down what your primary goal is. Why do you need a camera? If all you need is a camera for vacation snapshots, then a cheaper model might be better for you.
  2. Write down how many times you expect to be using the camera. The more you use it, the more likely you are to upgrade your camera. Buy nice or buy twice.
  3. Write down how much you want to spend. This is a good way to gauge what quality of camera you will be buying. Don’t be afraid to go a little over so that you can get a camera that you will keep much longer.
  4. Decide if you want analog or digital. Both types have pluses and minuses.

Analog (film camera): Now that a good number of hobbyists and professionals are going digital, film cameras have the advantage of being extremely cheap compared to a digital camera of the same quality. Film cameras do not have the same issues with noise as low-range digital cameras, though of course you get grain from the film. On the other hand, developing film can get expensive if you’re taking lots of photos. Bear in mind that you might want to include a good-quality scanner in your budget.

Digital: The main advantage of digital cameras is the ability to view the pictures that you have taken right after taking the shot. This results in not wasting money on unwanted prints and you can retake a shot if needed. You can also print and edit any picture you want. These days, you can go to Kodak or cord camera’s website and upload your pictures and they’ll send you prints for about 15 cents a pop. It’s much cheaper to have a picture (or group of pictures) printed by a commercial printer than to print it yourself on an inkjet printer.

Next: The Difference between SLR and Point and Shoot

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~ by Sharon on January 17, 2010.

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