How to Buy the Best Digital Camera

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Buy the best digital camera by determining whether a point-and-click camera or an SLR camera will better suit your needs. Read Internet reviews on different digital cameras or buy a high-quality brand with advice from a professional photographer in this free video on digital cameras.

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Hi, my name is James Flint. I'm a professional photographer and I want to talk to you about choosing the right digital camera for you and how to buy the best digital camera. As you may know, as you may know from looking out on the Internet or even the local electronics or camera store, there are seemingly infinite numbers of cameras to buy and have furthermore tons of options to go along with all these cameras. The major difference between digital cameras is a point and click camera and an SLR camera. An SLR camera is going to allow you to change the lenses and often have more manual functions. If you're someone that likes to just take pictures for fun; you're not really interested in learning the manual features of a camera, I suggest getting a small point and shoot camera with automatic features. That's very important. If you don't understand F stop, aperture, shutter's speeds, you definitely going to be shooting in automatic modes and you need to get a camera with those features. So one of the first things you want to determine is, "Am I more of a casual photographer of do I aspire to do some more professional work"? Casual just for fun; again, get yourself a point and click small camera. If you want to get into more professional work, you're going to need an SLR; you're going to need a high mega pixel camera; you're going to need the ability to change the lenses and most importantly you're going to need your manual functions 'cause a professional photographer always going to want to control the settings himself. So there's a first distinction and no distinctions; what you're going to want to do with the, with the picture after you have them; if you have, this is where mega pixel is going to come into account; if you want to be doing some enlargements, maybe a photography exhibit or you know, decorating a home with photographs, you're going to want to have at least six mega pixels. This will allow you to do 8 X 10's, 8 X 12's and larger sizes. Again, just for fun, just for a digital use; you can get down with a cheaper camera with a lower mega pixel account. It's important to read the reviews on cameras; they're all over the Internet, you can find out how different people feel about cameras, the ease of use, the reliability. Of course if you go with the trusted name like Nikon or Canon, you know, you're buying into their long reputation and you know, they have their reputation for a reason; they make quality products. So I encourage you to shop around, think about how you're going to be using the camera, how you're going to be using the photographs and that will help you choose the right camera for you.

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