Buying a Digital Camera

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When buying a digital camera, think about the number of megapixels, consider whether the lens can be changed on the camera, research different brands, and think about the cost. Find the best digital camera to fit your photography needs with information 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'm here to talk to you today about how to buy a digital camera. There's a lot of choices when it comes to digital cameras, and it's important when making your decision for both functionality and economic reasons, to do your research to make sure you're getting the right camera for you. You know, digital cameras can be as simple as a, you know, less than a hundred dollar camera with very low mega-pixels, which, you know, can be fun for taking pictures and e-mailing them to friends. But when you start wanting to make prints or even make enlargements, you need to think about your mega-pixel setup, and of course, the more mega-pixels you have, the more cost. Being a professional photographer, I like the SLR camera. It's a single lens, reflex digital camera. It gives me the ability to change my lenses, also have a very high mega-pixel count. Basically, if you want to be doing enlargements from your digital prints, anything 8 X 10 or larger, you're going to want to have at least six mega-pixels. Anything below that, from the range of 2 to 6 mega-pixels, you're going to be looking to just be able to print 4 X 6 and 5 X 7s. And then, anything lower than two, again, is going to be something where you're only able to email these pictures. So again, first thing to figure out is what you're going to want to use the camera and the pictures for. Just email, small prints or prints and enlargements, and that'll give you your mega-pixel category. And then you want to do your research to find out, you know, how much money you want to spend. Like I said, there's an array of prices out there. I suggest sticking with a name brand in cameras. They...most of them have been around since the days of film, and they make really strong digital cameras, but, you know, again, make sure you're buying the right camera for what you're going to use it for, and then shop around either online or local camera stores to make sure you're getting the right price. And that's basically how you're going to figure out which digital camera's right for you.

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