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Buying a Digital Camera
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Buying a digital camera to get started in the world of digital photography or to replace your old camera? Read tips on getting the best digital camera for your money.


#1: What Does "Body Only" Mean?
When viewing digital camera listings for sale, why are some cameras listed as body only?

#2: Uses for Your Old Digital Camera Including Selling it For Cash
Don't throw away your old digital camera - here are some ways to get some use out of it, or perhaps a little extra green in your pocket.

#3: Benefits of an Optical Viewfinder
Many lower-priced digital cameras lack an optical viewfinder - will this pose a problem?

#4: Be Careful When Buying Used Cameras
A few things to look out for if you try saving money purchasing a used digital camera, especially one online.

#5: Holiday Digital Camera Buying Guide
Tips and advice on purchasing a digital camera as a gift over the holidays.

#6: Zoom Lens with DSLRs May Offer a Surprise
New to DSLR cameras? When purchasing a lens, you may be surprised at the true zoom magnification.

#7: Digital Cameras for Kids
Introduce your kids to the world of digital photography with these digital cameras designed for younger artists.

#8: My Digital Cameras Keep Becoming Obsolete!
Digital camera buying advice for those afraid that a newer, faster digital camera will always be available.

#9: Purchasing Via an Auction? High Feedback Ratings Aren't All Legitimate
If you buy digital cameras at auction, be careful about feedback rating legitimacy.

#10: Look for ISO 50 Support
Look for digital cameras with ISO 50 support for crisper, cleaner images.

#11: Where is the Tripod Socket?
Make sure when purchasing a digital camera that it fits well on a tripod.

#12: Dedicated Trash Can Button
A dedicated trash can button on your digital camera may make it easier to remove undesired photos when bracketing or experimenting with recording settings.

#13: Don't Stick with a dSLR Kit Lens
Why a digital SLR's packaged lens may not offer everything you need.

#14: Be Careful When Buying Package Deals
Digital camera package deals may be too good to be true - or a real bargain!

#15: Two Considerations when Buying a New Camera
Consider these two items before buying a new digital camera.

#16: Be Careful with Very Cheap Prices
Beware of the digital camera 'package deal' sales technique.

#17: How Much Optical Zoom is Needed?
Do you require a digital camera with 6x optical zoom, or is 2x or 3x enough?

#18: More Megapixels Means Greater Cropping Ability
Higher-megapixel digital cameras let you crop more.

#19: Power Consumption - Motorized Zoom vs. Zooming Ring
Motorized zooms may require more battery consumption than a zooming ring.

#20: Effective Pixels and Foveon X3
Sometimes advertised digital camera pixel counts can be deceiving.

#21: Small Doesn't Mean Underpowered
Small digital cameras may be exactly what you need.

#22: Noise in Prosumer Versus Digital SLR Cameras
Debating on what kind of high-end digital camera to buy? ISO sensitivity may factor into your decision.

#23: Don't Expect a Camera to Come with Enough Media
Buying a digital camera? Be prepared to buy some extra media.

#24: Work the Controls Before Buying
Comparing digital cameras to buy? Familiarize yourself with the controls before making a decision.

#25: What to Look for to Take Night Photography
Helpful features some digital cameras provide to take better night photos.

#26: Get a Camera with Magnified Photo Previews
Magnified photo previews can help determine the sharpness of a digital photo.

#27: Ignore Digital Zoom
When buying digital cameras, concentrate on optical zoom, not digital zoom.

#28: Image Stabilization Features?
Image stabilization features make it easier to take crisp, clear photos when you can't use a tripod.

#29: Consider the Total Cost of Ownership
You won't just be purchasing a digital camera - you may need to buy accessories.

#30: Is There a Built-In Microphone?
A digital camera microphone can provide added benefits to your photo taking.

#31: Out in the Field? A Wi-Fi Camera May Be Handy
Wireless Internet may be coming in the next wave of digital cameras. E-mail photos straight from the camera!

#32: Hidden Costs with 8+ Megapixel Cameras
Higher-megapixel digital cameras may have hidden costs besides just the cost of the camera.

#33: More Control May Cost You
To set manual exposure, you might need a more-expensive camera.

#34: Check What the Zoom Really Means
Advertised digital camera zoom levels may not just be optical zoom.

#35: Use Comparative Shopping Search Engines
Looking for the absolute best prices for digital cameras or digital camera accessories? Search many online vendors at once.

#36: Set a Budget Before Buying
Budget yourself when purchasing a digital camera.

#37: Does Flash Come with an SLR?
Consider the total cost of ownership when purchasing a digital SLR.

#38: Don't Get Caught Up in Megapixels
Megapixels are not everything when it comes to buying a digital camera.

#39: Video and Audio Output Connections?
Can you connect the digital camera to a TV, displaying slideshows and movies?

#40: Digital Camera Reviews
Links to websites offering reviews of specific digital cameras

#41: Consider a Weatherproof Camera
Some digital cameras are made to withstand moisture.

#42: Pre-Programmed Scene Modes May Help
Scene modes make it easier to take digital camera photos in tough lighting conditions.

See Also:

Digital Camera Accessory

Purchasing and using digital camera memory, card readers, digial camera bags, and more to help you get the most out of your digital photography.

Digital Camera Battery

Purchasing and getting the most out of digital camera batteries, whether your digital camera uses an alkaline battery, rechargable NiMH battery, or propietary battery.

Digital Camera Memory

Help on purchasing the right digital camera memory and reducing the chances of photo corruption.

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