It’s a question I get asked quite often.
If you’ve been digital camera shopping lately, then you most likely don’t need to be told that things have changed a lot since digital photography first became the norm. Once upon a time, the only real concern for someone in the market for a new digital camera was how much they could afford to spend.
These days, you have to sort your way through a multitude of options, which can be confusing to say the least. The following are just a couple of the things you’ll want to consider in your search for a digital camera that fits comfortably into your life.
What Are You Hoping to Achieve With Your Camera?
The longer we live in the digital age, the harder it is to deny the fact that convenience really matters to a lot of people. Ask yourself what you’re actually hoping to get out of the digital camera you buy. Are you just looking for a convenient way to capture everyday life or are you looking to eventually explore photography as a serious art form or even a profession?
If you’re mostly looking for an easy way to capture and share images from your life, then you may just want to think about upgrading your cell phone to a model that comes with a really terrific camera. Cell phone camera technology has progressed to the point where the photos are more than passable for online sharing purposes or small prints. Plus, you have the added convenience of only having to carry one device around with you.
If you’re looking to take photos good enough to be made into large prints or be used for professional purposes, you’ll want to think about investing in a professional model with interchangeable lenses. If you’re not sure yet, you might want to compromise with a good quality point and shoot. You can always decide to shell out the cash for a DSLR style camera later on if your interest in photography grows.
What Kind Of Investment Do You Want to Make In Your Camera?
If you’re the kind of person that likes to upgrade to a whole new device every couple of years, then you might not want to invest in an expensive professional camera set right off the bat. Those are better options for people that are looking to maintain a relationship with their camera for a long, long time. They don’t become obsolete nearly as quickly.
Professional cameras also represent more commitment in that they require you to bring an entire camera bag everywhere you go if you want to capture all of life’s little surprises – probably worth it for a serious photographer, but too much of a hassle otherwise. A cell phone camera or a small point-and-shoot is more easily slipped into a pocket or a purse with little to no planning ahead. However, they won’t be able to deliver the flexibility and quality a professional photographer will need to be able to achieve.
At the end of the day, it all depends on how much you’re looking to get out of your new camera, for how long, and at what price.
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