Let's get something right out of the box. If you want to buy a new digital camera, you do not need to be an expert on pixels and megapixels and all these things. If you expect to have such a deep technical discussion here, you are wrong here.
Actually, there are a lot of things that you do not really do need Knowing before you embark on the daunting task of choosing the right digital camera for you.
Forget first of all the high-tech jargon. It's usually a lot of sales hype anyway. Choosing a good unit is really pretty easy … you just have to remember that the higher the megapixel rating on the front of the camera, the bigger the picture is without being split into small pieces (called pixels). decays. and most likely more cash will be stolen from your pocket. Each model has a number of techno widgets that have different names, but all have the same basic focus, so you can get a better picture.
I have a quick (and admittedly simplified) overview of pixel history. The shot left on my website
is one that I've taken with a high pixel rating and that was on the right with a much lower rating. They have been enlarged far beyond what you would normally do, but I have to address a point here.
If you look closely, you may find that there is a tremendous difference in the way they look or in the "resolution". The image on the right is already broken into small pieces (pixels) (I hope) that you can easily see. The picture on the left side has been enlarged several times than the one on the right side, so you get an idea of how much you can enlarge it and still achieve a decent result. Incidentally, these shots are a very, very small piece of a photograph I took of snapdragons in our front yard.
A camera with a resolution of 5.0 megapixels or higher can produce a decent 16×20 print, but a camera with a resolution of 2.0 megapixels or lower should be limited to a maximum of 4×6 prints. Most of the time, you will not be satisfied with the lower rated camera with images larger than 4X6.
Okay, let's pick a camera …
Well, I have my favorites and my not so favorites.
When I looked at all available digital cameras, I was more than a little surprised at the wide choice of available devices. It seems every company that has ever heard the word "computer" jumped on the train. They seem to be laying hands on some lenses, wrapping a computerized box around them, adding a few techno widgets and an instant digital camera for bingo! What can you say … it's money in the bank!
Where did I start looking? Well, I've come back to my tried and true method of buying a movie camera that I'll talk about later. It always worked for me and did not let me down this time either.
My personal digital camera eventually became the Olympus C-5050. In my opinion, Olympus did not do itself and its customers a favor by dumping it f1.8 lens on the C-5060.
I chose this camera for the fast f1.8 lens and ease of use. I'm lazy at best and I wanted a unit that does most of the work for me while I have the opportunity to do what I want to do if I want to do it.
This unit has all the automatic features I'll ever need, but I also have the option to set up the camera completely manually. Among other things, I can still work with minimal depth of field. I never want to lose control of a pointless computer, though sometimes they get their benefit.
The first thing I did after opening the box was to print the user manual – all 265 pages! I thought I had done my duty and ignored her promptly.
After quickly completing my first two sets of high capacity alkaline batteries, I searched for a few sets of nickel metal hydride (Ni-MH) batteries. Not only did they last longer, it was also a lot cheaper than replacing the alkalis every time I took the camera.
It's cooking up to admit this, but I actually had to go back to the manual. I did not get the results I wanted, and there were a few things on the camera that I had no idea how to use. The moral of this story is that you must at least have a nodding knowledge of your user manual. Sorry, that's the way it is.
Back to the camera selection …
Over the years, I've learned that a camera that fits my hand works well for me. It may sound a bit strange at first, but just think about it. If you handle something that feels uncomfortable, your results will look like this. I had a Mamiya RB-67 for many years. It was a big, unwieldy unit, but it suited me well and provided a great picture. I also used Hasselblad for quite a while, but I've been very fond of Mamiya and it has given me better results than the Hasselblad. (Do not tell Hasselblad lovers that I said that, they'll kill me!)
So, rule of thumb … if it fits your hand well, if the main control is convenient for your fingers, if it has the desired megapixel count and falls into your budget, you can be pretty sure this will do the job you want it to do , Oh yes, if it's a brand you've never heard of before, be very, very careful. It can work well and it can not. Otherwise, you might not have a technical backup that you can access.
The big camera companies spend a lot of money on the development of new photo technologies. Although the latest techno widgets have different names, they all have the same goal to make your pictures look as good as possible.
Pretty good that any company in the world that is nearing the making of a good digital camera has got into the "SLR Wars".
SLR cameras dominated the photography market for years until digital technology came onto the market. Due to design and price limitations, SLR technology has not been widely used in non-professional digital cameras until last year.
The rapid pace of technological development has completely overtaken the market, and even professional photographers are unsettled to keep up.
Do you remember the old Nikon F2? It was the most important link in the Nikon chain of professional cameras for over 10 years! This was pretty much the norm until the computer became very popular in the photographic industry.
There were slow and deliberate changes in the past, and it was not difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest developments when only two or three times larger new developments took place within a decade.
Now it's about making digital cameras that can work faster, sell cheaper, and deliver a better image. There is even fierce competition within the same corporate structure where developer teams do their utmost to defy fellow camera owners working in the same building as they do!
Nikon has the distinct advantage over many other manufacturers that owners of some older Nikon lenses can use them with the new digital enclosures, which saves the photographer tremendous cost.
Most of this rapid development is focused on the professional photographer. But with the technology changing so fast, a camera technology that sells for thousands of dollars today will undoubtedly be available to people like you and me for much less money over the next few years.
One of the toughest tasks a buyer of a new camera will have is to determine which of the new techno widgets will do the best job and offer the best value.
One thing to keep in mind when it comes to camera functions: They all have the same job, so you can take a better picture.
Imagine that, if you like. If you had bundled together 10 cameras from different manufacturers, each with similar basic functions that would have taken the same picture, I think it would be difficult even for the camera manufacturers to find out which of the resulting photos are from their devices.
Getting feedback from all types of users is a very good use of newsgroups. Serious photographers, both amateurs and professionals, love to talk about their latest "toys". This is a great way to spend time, ask questions, and (sometimes) get smart answers.
Do not wait until you make the investment to start your homework.
Another rule of thumb: If you are already satisfied with a particular brand name, my suggestion is to stick to it. You will probably be happier in the long run.
After all, there are currently five "favorite companies" from search engines among the people looking for information on the Internet, Sony, Canon, Olympus, Kodak and Nikon in that order of popularity. Of this group, Sony is the only one who has no experience with the construction of digital cameras.
It is very important to understand how to adjust the resolution of your camera. There is no shortcut and there is no way around it. This is the core of a good, reproducible photograph. For example, if your camera is set to 240×360, you may forget to make a decent print over a thumbnail size.
The low-end cameras are not a bargain if you are looking for a good photo playback. The laboratories are constantly bickering with customers who submit low-resolution digital images from a cheap camera for printing and are then dissatisfied with the results. They just do not understand why the images from their brand new digital camera are so lousy. Lenses and the nature of digital imaging technology are also critical factors.
I will not go into the technical details of the reason, but I suggest that you consider spending $ 250 to $ 400 if you want something that will satisfy you.
Let's take a few minutes for lenses. Pretty good, nowadays all digital cameras have a kind of zoom lens. Most high-end cameras offer the user the option of adding either an external telephoto or a wide-angle lens. Depending on the type of photography you want to do, it will determine if this is of value to you or not.
One thing to watch out for. The high-end cameras have very good glass lenses. It's part of what you pay for. The lower units have increasingly cheaper lenses and consequently lower image sharpness.
Digital cameras offer both optical and digital zoom functions. The term "optical zoom" simply means that you use the glass lenses for magnification. Digital zoom, on the other hand, simply magnifies the pixels to enlarge the image. For image clarity, optical zoom is a much better way.
One last note: If you come across the "best deal in the city" with a very affordable brand camera, check if it's not outdated. The purchase of cheap stock is fine if they are not too old. In this computer age, pretty much anything older than a year is considered "old technology". As new technology evolves, the price is constantly falling, so in fact, investing in the latest and best technologies can make you money ahead.
Always remember the old adage that you usually get what you pay for.
Do not expect service when you go into a "box shop" to find the best price. The people there just do not know what they are selling. Your job is to move as many goods as possible as fast as you can. It is not to give you advice.
Visit the Internet to get the latest data directly from the manufacturers. It's changing very, very fast. As you do so, try to climb through all the sales hype to get to the "meat" of what cameras are all about. Newsgroups can also be a great source of advice for newbies.
Most people like to give you their personal opinion about what you should buy. Remember, they usually will not tell you what the downside of their purchase is. You do not want to look less like an "expert" in your eyes. Do your own homework. This is an investment that you probably will not repeat for several years.
A specialist camera shop, on the other hand, offers the buyer both service and product and usually very well. Keep in mind that specialized business people are often very well trained and are probably well prepared to find the best equipment for you and also provide you with some startup assistance.
We have to spend a few moments on storage media. Regardless of the size of the media card inserted in your camera, the number of images you can capture and save is determined. It's like a roll of film, the bigger the roll, the more pictures you can take.
Digital pictures are no different. The larger the number of megabytes (MB) available, the more images you can take.
A word of caution – never leave your media card in a photo lab. The frequency of losses is high and most laboratories do not replace lost cards. Honestly, I do not blame her. Too many false claims have been made and laboratories refuse to take responsibility for your memory cards.
That was it for now. Keep your film dry and your lenses clean!