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    • ==== ====Get more information on Digital Cameras Here....http://digicameraexpert.newsintechnologys.com/==== ====So, youre ready to buy a digital camera, huh? Maybe its your first, maybe its your fourth. It canstill be an overwhelming and confusing venture. With so many digital cameras on the market todayranging in price from under $100 to over $7,000, it may feel like there are TOO MANY CHOICES!Many people begin the buying process by investigating all the features and functions of 10 - 20cameras in "their price range," however that is determined. Some people find that process toofrustrating and buy the first digital camera that "looks" right.Personally, Im an analyzer. As a professional photographer, when I start analyzing digitalcameras, its like unleashing a sumo wrestler at an all-you-can-eat buffet... theres no stopping me.But, for the typical consumer, knowing the digital cameras features and functions alone justdoesnt cut it. People want to know WHAT THE FEATURE DOES FOR ME!Whether you go the feature/function route or not, there are 7 insider tips that can help save youmoney and avoid buying the wrong digital camera for your purposes.Tip #1: How to Get the Best Prices on Digital CamerasWherever you are in the investigation/buying process, eventually you get to this step. If you wantto buy a digital camera, the best prices are on the internet. Whether youve purchased anything onthe internet or not, there are certain INTERNET BUYING STRATEGIES that will save you money,time, and aggravation.When purchasing ANYTHING through the internet, only consider the ENTIRE cost of the "digitalcamera + tax + shipping," NOT just the price of the digital camera. This is the only way to compare"apples to apples."Once you find the best ENTIRE cost, do not immediately buy it from that vendor! There are keyINTERNET questions to answer:Is the digital camera in stock? There is often a mysterious correlation between the cheapest digitalcamera prices and cameras being OUT OF STOCK. You dont want to order your digital cameraand then have it sit on backorder for 3 months, do you?Does your Nikon (Minolta, Canon, etc.) come with a USA warranty or is it whats called "greygoods?" You want to verify its a USA warranty, unless you dont mind having to service itinternationally. If its grey goods, you WILL NOT be able to service it in the US.
    • When ordering your digital baby, beware of costly add-on accessories that may be neededeventually, but are suggested during this "special order promotion time" at 200% of the normalprice.Tip #2: Professional or Prosumer... Which is Right For You?Lets begin by clarifying our terms. A professional digital camera is a digital SLR, while a prosumeris basically everything else. In that context, as of the end of 2005, digital SLRs could be purchasedfor $600 - $8,000 (Canon and Nikon, at least). The key points to consider are:If you plan on shooting night photos or other pictures in low-light situations, many prosumer digitalcameras take good quality photographs at ISO 100 or 200. However, to take good pictures inlower light at ISO 400 or 800 will typically require a digital SLR. Otherwise, digital "noise" willprobably have too large an impact on picture quality.If you plan on taking flash photographs at distances greater than 10-12 feet from your subject, anexternal flash unit needs to be used. And the only way an external flash unit can be used with yourdigital camera is to attach it to your cameras hot shoe. Every professional digital camera has a hotshoe. Many prosumers also do, but NOT ALL OF THEM.Salespeople often try to sway consumers away from professional digital cameras into prosumermodels, saying that the digital SLRs have so many complicated features that they are difficult touse. That is only half correct. Digital SLRs are typically designed to allow consumers to takepictures easily using the more automatic settings OR to use the advanced features when they arecomfortable doing so.Tip #3: What Exactly IS an Affordable Digital Camera?"Affordable" digital cameras have a tendency of making your budget happy, but disappointing thephotographer in you.Dont overlook the ergonomics of the camera. Are the controls easy? Comfortable? How manybuttons or levers need to be simultaneously set before getting the result you want?If youre upgrading from a less expensive digital camera, dont assume that spending more orhaving more features will automatically make you happy. Always test out the camera. Anaffordable digital camera isnt affordable if you wind up not using it!The new digital camera is more than likely to operate differently than your older model. Does thenew camera have controls that are counter-intuitive? Things like that can frustrate a personenough to not use their digital camera. Better to find out details like these before rather than afterthe purchase.Tip #4: Dont be Tricked by Digital and Optical Zoom. Only One Matters.
    • Heres the bottom line: Optical Zoom is the only thing thats important. Although some salespeoplemight argue with this, when buying a digital camera, my suggestion is to COMPLETELY IGNOREALL DIGITAL ZOOM FIGURES. Digital zoom has absolutely no impact on being able to take aphotograph of a distant subject by zooming in on it.The main reason salespeople like to include optical zoom in the equation is because advertisingloves to give you the digital cameras "zoom factor." Multiply a 3X Digital Zoom by a 5X OpticalZoom, and you have a 15X Zoom factor... a completely worthless and MISLEADING number!!Tip #5: Is the Discount Digital Camera a Good or Bad Idea?The most important consideration when considering a discount digital camera (or any otherelectronic device, for that matter) is to ask yourself: "WHAT IS MY GOAL?"Many consumers start by first falling in love with a digital camera and then become pleased ordisappointed with its capabilities (usually after they buy it).Im proposing something outlandishly radical... go through the process the OPPOSITE WAY. First,ask yourself some basic questions:What do I plan to do with the digital camera (and dont say "take pictures")? What are you mostinterested in - the occasional family snapshot, landscapes, macro work, heavy flash use, all of theabove?How much use will it get? (Twice a year, or once a week?)What is most important to me: picture quality, camera size, camera weight, durability,telephotos/wide angle lens, etc.?Based on your responses to these questions, a discount digital camera can be your best choice ora complete waste of money.A "no-name" discount digital camera can be a logical choice, based on what your photographicgoals are. But dont think a $49.95 Brand X camera is going to cost you $49.95! You also have toadd in the cost for at least some accessories, such as memory, batteries, bag, and lens protector.Tip #6: When are Small Digital Cameras the Perfect Choice?Despite impressions to the contrary, small digital cameras (also referred to as compact digitalcameras) are quite popular. Theyre easy to carry, usually loaded with features, and takerespectable photographs.We need to remember that SMALL DOESNT MEAN UNDERPOWERED. Some advantages ofgoing tiny are: less bulky, easier to transport, less conspicuous (less likely to "walk off"), and theyoften compare favorably with larger cameras in the feature and price categories.Some of the pitfalls of going small include: possible trouble physically operating some of thecameras controls, less likely to support an external flash, and the physical size can limit some of
    • the available features, such as image manipulation.Tip #7: Megapixels - Whats Fact; Whats Fiction?Megapixels is one of the most talked about (and misunderstood) terms in the world of digitalcameras. Lets sort through some facts and misperceptions, so you can make a more informedbuying decision.Taking better digital photography involves more than just having a camera with a bunch ofmegapixels, although you wouldnt know that listening to digital camera salespeople.Megapixels is just one factor in creating better digital photography. And, you cant look at it alone.You should consider other digital camera features.How fast or slow the cameras shutter speed can be set is key. Using a tripod, being able tomanually set the white-balance control, and having pre-programmed modes to aid in tricky lightingsituations are all important factors in achieving better digital photography.Dont get the idea that megapixels are bad, or irrelevant. This is NOT TRUE. There is one specificarea where more megapixels will create better digital photography results. If everything else is thesame, more megapixels will provide GREATER FLEXIBILITY TO CROP A PHOTOGRAPH andstill wind up with a sharp clear photo. And, cropping photographs can make a world of difference.Cropping is the eraser on your digital pencil.ConclusionPeople can make buying a digital camera a snap decision or a life-long project. Because there areso many models, brands, and features; it can get pretty confusing. You will never know ALL THEFACTS to make the "best decision." But, by using these 7 tips, you will know what really matters toYOU.For the unabridged tips, go to http://www.best-family-photography-tips.com/digital-cameras.html.Robert Bezman is a professional photographer and owner of Custom Photographic Expressions.Robert has created http://www.best-family-photography-tips.com to help beginning andintermediate photographers create better photographs. Robert is offering a free newsletter andeBook that can be obtained by visiting http://www.best-family-photography-tips.com/photography-newsletter.htmlArticle Source:http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Robert_Bezman
    • ==== ====Get more information on Digital Cameras Here....http://digicameraexpert.newsintechnologys.com/==== ====