How to Shop for Digital Cameras Online
Internet is a great convenience when it comes to comparing digital cameras online or shopping for some other electronic gadgets. Unlike clothing items, you don’t need to try these on before buying them. It is enough to read the technical specifications. Below are some useful tips to keep in mind when choosing items in a digital camera online shop.
Nowadays, the cyber space is populated with hundreds of makes and models of digital cameras, provided by about as many dealers. Although some online stores offer free shipping, it is best to go with one located near you, saving money on possible shipping fees. For example, the US-based eBay is hardly the best choice of a camera dealer if you live in Australia. You can check out the local web-based Camerastore, instead.
Having selected a web-based digital camera vendor, you should figure out what exactly you need. Consider camera features such as amount of memory, optical/ digital zoom, number of mega pixels, price, size, and easy usage. The next step is to visit different websites and compare digital cameras and their options. In this way, you will have a good idea of the models on offer, together with a range of prices.
The market is well-saturated, with some of the leading manufacturers being Canon, Olympus, Konika, Pentax, and Sony. It is best to choose a model that corresponds to your skills and experience in photography. In general, digital cameras fall in three major categories: professional (these have very few automatic settings and a large number of adjustable ones, including changeable lens, and are the choice of professional photographs); semi-professional (these are suitable for experienced users who have taken up photography as a hobby); and non-professional (you basically click and say ‘Waaw’ while your camera does the rest). A common mistake that most people do is buying a digital camera they don’t really need. They can hardly use about a third of its settings but are impressed by its numerous features.
When shopping for digital cameras online, most inexperienced users think that the more mega pixels a camera has, the better it is. While those with more mega pixels are capable of making high-resolution pictures, it is wise to consider the space that these photographs will take on your computer to store. A six mega pixel camera is just fine for printing out standard-size photos. Cameras with over ten mega pixels are for users who want to blow up their photographs to the size of a small poster, for example.
If you are decided to shop for digital cameras online, you should always keep in mind the little extras that are going with it for free, e.g. a comfortable carry-bag and a memory card of decent size. Other accessories include docking stations, USB cables, and batteries (these items may not be provided with the initial purchase). If you buy a camera only, you may need to pay some extra cash for these things later on. Usually, the inbuilt memory of most non-professional models is irritably small.
Depending on their shooting mode, digital cameras fall in two general categories. SLRs are suitable for more experienced users as their lenses are bigger and, respectively, they have greater shooting abilities. Compact or Point-and-Shoot cameras are intended for simple operations (every average Japanese tourist is equipped with one of those). Most compact cameras have inbuilt flash units and use autofocus. Also, when picking up a digital camera, you should choose one with an optical zoom, as it makes slightly better photographs than those with digital zoom only.