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.
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!