Set your budget and determine your usage requirements
Are you interested in skilled photography or someone who prefers keeping to the auto mode?
Are you looking at outdoor or indoor photography?
What king of photography are you interested in? - Portraits, landscapes, Social
For casual usage, we recommend a basic point and shoot camera. They are compact and comparatively affordable. And if you mean serious business, snap up a DSLR!
This measures digital image size. Megapixel denotes a million pixels. The camera resolution depends on the megapixels it offers. For instance, a camera that features two-megapixel will capture images that have two million pixels. A 1 MP camera captures pictures with the dimensions of1200 x 900 pixels. Whereas a camera It also helps determine image quality as viewed on PCs/Tablets.
In contrast, a VGA picture (640 x 480 pixels) would measure barely 0.3 MP. Megapixel shots (1 megapixel or greater) are always larger in comparison to a sub-mega pixel digicam. Hence there’s not much to differentiate between a mega pixel and a sub mega pixel camera.
Resolution does NOT determine physical size. For example, one 480 x 800 display might measure 3.0 inches diagonally, while another 480 x 800 display might measure 4.5 inches. Similarly, a 3 megapixel photo could be printed out at 4 x 6 inches just as easily as 8 x 10 inches.
Shop for Picture Perfection
Type and usage of Lenses
Travel and Landscape Lenses:
This enables you to capture pictures with an extreme wide angle advantage and an all-inclusive zoom.
People and Events Lenses:
This one’s is perfect for the various kinds of portraits.
Sports and Action Lenses:
This one equips your camera to get up close to high velocity actions playing out at a distance with lens telephoto and supertelephoto lenses. You can catch the entirety of those royal stadiums in a single frame as well much thanks to the wide angle zoom feature!
Close-Up (Macro) Lenses:
This one lets you zoom in to capture spell binding clarity of smaller objects in focus. It is quite popular with mature photography enthusiasts.
Fisheye lenses are favourable for images of home interiors and other closer ups. These lenses are ultra wide angle.
Zoom is a feature of many cameras that makes the subject appear "closer", filling more of the image area.
The other type of zoom is digital zoom, a software feature that has trade-offs in image size or quality. Many cameras offer both optical and digital zoom, for increased total zoom.
Optical zoom uses moving lenses to make the subject appear closer. Unlike digital zoom, additional detail is visible when optical zoom is used.
What to look for in a camera?
Firstly, identify your need. There’s a lot to choose from in the market. Select one that suits your convenience.
Compact Digital Cameras:
Compact cameras are slick, stylish, lightweight and extremely portable. They merely weigh 50gm or less even with batteries and media installed. Perfect for those on the go!
For most users, a simple point and shoot camera is all it takes to capture those picture perfect moments. Slipping a compact camera into your bag or pockets is a luxury of sorts. Most point and shoot cameras come equipped with long zoom features that enable you to click clear close-ups, even if you are at a distant from the object in focus. A DSLR in comparison may seem more complex and daunting to a causal user. However, most point and shoot cameras offer high end features! For instance you can now upload pictures instantly on social media platforms using WiFi technology available on a lot of cameras.
If you consider yourself to be an enthusiast of photography, then say hello to the world of DSLRs. These days they’ve become marginally economical and attracted both professional and amateur photographers alike. The need is for creativity, durable built and flexible usage.
Size and Video
1. Camera Size:
Are you comfortable with the idea of carrying a bulky camera around? DSLRs are comparatively more bulky that basic digicams. If you want the creative control that a DSLR offers, make peace with the weightiness. However, bulky or not, you should be able to hold the camera comfortably in your hand.
2. Videography on your camera:
Most cameras today also pack in a compatible video recorder. However, cameras with bigger imaging sensors may lack video features or have offer low end videography. Also note that sometimes the inbuilt microphone captures operational noises and tends to lock focus and zoom in video mode.
Camera Shopping Myths
1. The higher the pixels, the better the camera? No
What matters is the actual size of picture and the quality of imaging sensor. A good image sensor is physically larger, one of the reasons why DSLRs are bulkier than the point and shoot cameras. A camera may feature a high range of pixels but a small image sensor will only result in a lot of noise on the picture.
2. Optical Zoom, Digital Zoom – Same thing? No
A digital zoom only enlarges the pixels in an image, hence giving a grainer result. An optical zoom on the other hand enlarges the image as a whole. Nowadays, most cameras offer a minimum of 3x length zoom.