| 2005 Digital
Camera Buyer's Guide
by Laurence Chen - www.Lchenphoto.com
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|| Digital cameras
have come a long way, and indeed there are many cool new
features to be found in the latest models, but how photography
is done has not changed, and that is how you can determine
whether a given new camera is right for you. Assuming
you understand some basics about digital photography,
this buyer's guide takes you through a process for picking
the right camera for your photographic style. I'll share
some tips that may ensure that you don't miss that once-in-a-lifetime
shot! In fact, the point is to buy a camera that helps
you get the shot. Camera shopping is not just about quality--it's
Here are the steps toward photographic nirvana:
Choose and buy your camera.
- Set your budget.
- Understand your photography and usability.
- Identify key features.
1. Set Your Budget
The 2005 holiday season will be an exciting time for digital
camera buyers because many manufacturers have announced new
products with advanced features at last year's prices. You
may have a figure in mind for how much you want to spend,
but there may be things like extra batteries or a tripod that
can add to your cost. Here are some tips to consider as you
begin your research:
Calculate the cost of extras. Larger memory cards,
extra batteries, a camera case or even an underwater-housing
are all things you may want in addition to the new camera.
Also consider whether you need to upgrade your computer to
handle the size of the data files (pictures) produced by your
Estimate the useful life of a camera. Well-made models
can last four or more years!
Consider last year's model instead of the latest.
Digital cameras are just like other consumer electronics and
will be discounted within six to eight months as new models
Consider a simpler model before a fancier one. I
know the temptation is to buy the latest cool thing, but if
all you use a camera for is snapshots, then why spend extra
for the gizmos you won't use? You can always grow into more
sophisticated cameras and by the time you do, a new model
will be ready and waiting for you!