We live in an increasingly digitised age, with more and more people looking to share their experiences and memories with people via online photo albums, blogs and social networks. In this case, for many, a digital camera is a necessity – but what should you consider when looking to buy one?
Well, digital camera technology has advanced so much over the last decade that these days you’ll struggle to find one that’s incapable of taking a decent shot. The average ranges between 10 and 14 megapixels, which will give you good quality images that make snaps taken on a disposable or some analogue cameras pale in comparison.
Compact or ultra-compact digital cameras can be found for a reasonable price and they’re ideal if you’re just looking to take a few snaps out at the weekend, fitting easily into a handbag or a pocket. If shopping for these, check for features such as anti-shake or red-eye detection, as well as quick-settings for different surroundings (night, day, landscape, portrait etc).
If you’re looking to take photos of impeccable quality or develop photography as a hobby or potential living, then you should consider shelling out a bit more for a Digital SLR. These are the standard in the profession, and Canon’s Digital SLR range currently leads the way. Whether you opt for the entry-level EOS 1100D or plump for the mighty EOS 7D, you’ll soon be taking – with a little help from innovative on-screen systems and easily-adjustable settings – photos that are on a par with professional snaps.
Also, with SLRs, the refinement doesn’t end with the purchase of the camera. An array of camera lenses, flashes, grips and tripods that are constantly being improved means that you can modify the camera at your leisure. In other words, if you’re serious about taking photos then it’s definitely worth investing that bit more and buying something that has staying power, and a digital SLR certainly has that.