Digital cameras are good, easy to use and take good pictures but they are also expensive. And if you want to get a great camera for your price here are a few things to look for, but first you need to determine how you will use the camera most of the time:
You need to know how much flexibility you need to enlarge images? For example if you think you will take 4*6 pictures, a 3-4 megapixel resolution will be fine, this camera will aslo make 8*10 prints of an entire image without alteration that looks as sharp as one from a 6, 8 or 10 megapixel.
Second, how much control do you want over exposure and composition? Meaning that cameras meant for automatic point-and-shoot photos, with a 3x zoom lens, will serve as well as dedicated hobbyists much of the time, but the full-featured cameras in the 6,8 or 10 megapixel range offer capabilities that more people will want to have when taking pictures. A zoom range of 5x to 10x or more let you bring distand outdoor objects close and also let you shoot candid portraits without getting right in the object's face.
Now after deciding the performance priorities that your camera must have, you are ready for the next steps:
- Size and weight: Small and light doesn't really mean inexpensive, and may not have what you're looking for, for the price you want to pay and vice versa. So take a trip to the stores, check them out, see which ones best fit your hands, your purse and also your budget.
- Battery type and life: All digital cameras run on rechargeable batteries, either an expensive battery pack or a set of AAs or AAAs. For some cameras you can take up to 250 pictures with the life of the battery and some others you can take only 50. It's always good to check them out and know your options.
- Camera Speed: With point-and-shoot cameras, you have to wait a few seconds for the camera to process each shot, but some other ones let you take pictures every 2-3 seconds. When you're at the store, ask to test the model
Now let's talk about the prices, the price for a digital camera varies between $150.00 to $1000, to get a decent camera for a decent price, first you need to do your research, establish what kind of camera you want, and how much you want to pay for it. Then check out local stores when they have specials, some stores have specials every week, or online specials on digital cameras the first 2 days of the week, be alert.
Check online to see what price they are selling for, ask questions, negotiate your price when you go to the stores and also look for qualify rebate with your purchase, it can be a photo printer, a memory card or something, always ask.