How to Choose a Compact Digital Camera
Selecting a compact digital camera is not an easy task and can even be frustrating for some due to the many choices and options available. If you’re a beginner photographer, or would simply own a small camera to point-and-click the choices can be vast, there are hundreds of cameras to choose from. As a product itself, the compact cameras are mostly stylish looking. There are at least 10 different brands to choose from and color varieties. Manufacturers are working hard these days to push all the latest technologies into slimmest casings possible, some, but not many of the more expensive digital cameras are equipped with WiFi, GPS and 3D capabilities. Most of the cameras are already able to shoot HD 720p or even Full HD 1080p video.
Compact digital cameras are usually split into several categories, having different features. There can be product ranges which offer features like HDMI connectivity, location tagging through GPS, WiFi easy uploading, and so on. Naturally, we can see an increase in megapixels and more powerful objects as well. 16 megapixels on a small compact camera doesn’t surprise anyone these days – they are getting common in mid-end/high-end compacts. All of this can certainly be confusing, but if you take the following into consideration, you should be able to choose a compact camera that will suit your needs.
Set your budget
The most important part is to decide how much money you are willing to spend on your compact camera. You could choose a figure to stick to, but it’s always good to have a little extra, considering you want more features as you’re browsing through different models. If you’re totally new to digital cameras, it’s hard to set a budget without actually knowing the product already. For that reason it’s smart to do some research first. Before you start browsing the shops, gather and learn a bit of knowledge, so you can make an informed decision and buy a camera that fits you in every way.
Determine your needs and usage
In what conditions, where, and how exactly are you planning to use your camera? Each specific use has a certain requirement that should be fulfilled. First above everything, compact camera is meant to be lightweight and small in measurements. Some cameras have the ability to take pictures very quickly, the power-on process takes about 2-3 seconds, with faster cameras, the startup time is reduced to less than 2 seconds. The autofocus speed is also something to be considered. If you take a lot of pictures indoors, having a camera with a wide angle lens is also very useful, a 28mm lens or larger will do the job. A good flash is something to think about as well, for shooting in darker environments. Most cameras have wide ranges of ISO setting, The lower the number the lower the sensitivity of the picture and the finer the grain in the shots you’re taking. The ISO settings can be confusing for beginners, so we would recommend you don’t pay attention to them much, especially when shooting in automatic mode.
Frequency of Use
Try to evaluate how frequently you’ll be using your new camera, if very often, it might be a good idea to get a more rugged camera. Also, cheaper models can contain too much cheap plastic and are easily scratchable.
Hopefully you can put these tips to real use and help you to make the correct decision choosing the best compact camera for your needs.