Ellia Pannett Everyone appreciates a good quality picture, but not every camera can offerthat. When considering what cameras to purchase, it’s necessary to look for specificqualities in them.The first thing to consider is whether or not a DSLR or point-and-shoot camera is bestfor you. Although DSLR cameras are thought as better than point-and-shoot, it reallyjust depends on the individual’s preference. The main difference between the two ishow you view the image you’re about to take. A DSLR allows you to view the image asthe camera will view it; while a point-and-shoot gives you a general idea as to how thecamera views it. DSLRs have great image quality, adaptability, speed, large ISO range,manual controls, depth of field, and quality optics; but don’t let all that fool you, theyalso have some cons along with all those pros such as price, size and weight,maintenance, noise, complexity, and no Live LCD (an option that allows you to frameyour shots without looking through the viewfinder). As for a point-and-shoot camera,they have some pros that the DSLR doesn’t have. They have good size and weight, quietoperation, auto mode, price, and LCD framing; but they lack image quality, speed,reliance upon LCD, they also have a smaller ISO range, limited manual controls, and areless adaptable. Both cameras can be good for anyone; it all depends on the individual’sneeds, and preferences as to which camera they should buy. Personally, I’d prefer aDSLR camera because I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and would prefer a heavier camerawith good image quality over a small camera with lower quality.
Three great camera brands are Nikon, Canon, and Panasonic; these companiesare very popular, and well known for their cameras. Nikon makes cameras for bothprofessionals and the average-Joes. Many of their cameras are praised andrecommended from anyone. Canon is much like Nikon in the way that they both getmuch praise, and recommendation. Canon’s cameras have their own unique quality thatsets them apart from other cameras. Panasonic may not be as publicized but they stillhave good quality cameras. The reason why they may not be so popular could be theprice. Panasonic’s cameras can get pricey, but then again, many cameras are priceythese days. If I had no limit on price, I’d buy a Nikon Coolpix L120 because of its good qualityand similarity to a DSLR. It has a price average of about $250 more or less depending onwhere you buy it. It has a lot of manual controls allowing the photographer to capturethe picture how they want it. Not only can you capture photos, but you can take videostoo. It also has a higher ISO sensitivity. This camera didn’t have a very good review fromCNet editors, but consumers loved it. The Nikon Coolpix has many manual features, justlike a DSLR camera, such as face detection, Hybrid VR image stabilization (reduces imageblur from camera shake and vibration), and white balance modes (adjusts the lighting inthe image). This camera is great for photographers looking for a camera that has manualadjustments, give your images a professional look, and have a lower budget.
When buying a camera, the top two best places are Amazon.com (ranked # 1) and BestBuy (ranked #2). The two have great reviews when it comes to buying a camera, bothhave great return policies, online store selection, and quality of service overall.