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Tips to Help You With Your Digital Camera Purchase

Buying a digital camera is not an easy task as it may seem.  There are tons of options offered with cameras from lenses to pocket cameras.  It can be confusing just trying to find a camera you can use.  The easiest way is to answer a few questions first, and it will narrow down your choices.

The first thing to ask yourself is “What will you use the camera for?” Are you a budding photographer looking to buy your first camera?  Do you just want a good consumer level one that takes good pictures?  Many people will group camera bodies into three different levels.  Those are point and shoots, consumer level SLR’s, pro-sumer level SLR’s, and professional level SLR’s.  If you’re just starting a photography business and on a budget, try to buy something within the pro-sumer (or middle) level.  You can always of course upgrade gear as your skills and finances get better.

Keep in mind too, that you an always buy newer used camera gear.  Do your research, and talk to others you may know that can give you some solid advice.  Then once you know what you want, if you can’t afford it new, you can start your search for a good used one.  Some sources for this might be your local camera shop, Ebay, Craigslist and more.

Don’t let the price or “the gadgets” sway you into a camera that’s not going to be the one you wanted.  Do some serious research on digital cameras before you buy.

If you’re going to be a professional photographer, look for the camera with a combined auto and manual abilities.  Auto everything is okay for the amateur photographer, but for the professional.  You need the ability to adjust the settings where you want them.  Another item not to worry about is the megapixel.  Some people are obsessed with having the most megapixels they can get.  Just to touch base on it, there are some excellent, high quality ‘lower’ megapixel camera bodies.  As long as it has at least 5 megapixels, you will be fine.

Make a list before you go shopping for your new digital camera gear.  It’ll help you stay focused on what you really need.  Your list may look something like this:

  • Camera Case or Camera Bag (depending on what type of camera you buy)
  • Memory Cards
  • Spare Batteries
  • Lenses (if you are getting a DSLR)
  • Tripods/Monopods
  • External Flashes
  • Post Processing Software (such as Photoshop)

These are the essentials you need to start.  Use your new digital camera for a month or so and you’ll know if you need more equipment.  They will try to sell you more gadgets such as filters, but you’ll maybe use the filter once or twice in the life time of your camera.  It’s better to use a graphics program to add any filtering effects.  If you are in the process of becoming a professional photographer, as time goes on and your skills improve, you will figure out some other gear that you may like to purchase down the road.

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