Say cheese! How to choose the right digital camera

woman looking at her picturesChoosing the right digital camera can seem like a real drag.  Not because digital cameras aren’t the bomb, but because of all the techno gobbly-gook.  What is the business with all of these pixels, resolution, and LCD stuff anyway?  Well read on for a quick update on how to choose the right digital camera.

One of the biggest deals with the whole digital camera thing is the number of “pixels”.  Cameras these days have millions of pixels so the term pixel has been changed to megapixel – mega stands for million.

Yeah so what?  Well, the pixels are what make the picture clear, so more pixels equal a better picture.  And more pixels in a camera mean it’s a better camera (unless of course it’s a bad hair day..).

Any camera with at least 4.0 megapixels is going to take great pictures, unless of course the intent is to take the picture and blow it up to life size and hang it from the ceiling.  (Blowing up a picture and keeping good quality needs a few more pixels.)

Lots of cameras come in 6.0 and 8.0 megapixels, if the moolah is available then go for it.  If the cash isn’t handy then 4.0 does just fine.

So, besides the pixels look at the camera’s optical zoom.  The zoom is, well, how much the camera can zoom in on the target.  Most cameras have like a 4x optical zoom.  That means it can zoom in on an object and make it four times bigger.  Really 3x or 4x is enough for most basic photo shoots.

Ok, so ever heard of an LCD monitor?  It’s like one of those mystery words that are used in all sorts of electronic gadgets.  There are LCD TVs, computer monitors, and yup camera monitors.  LCD stands for liquid crystal display.  Yeah, still gobbly-gook huh?  All it really means is that the screen for seeing something is thin and flat.

So, digital cameras have the screen that shows what the picture is going to be – that’s the LCD display.  Digital cameras all have a different sized screen and it’s one of the things often talked about when trying to choose the right digital camera.

Here’s a big kicker with digital cameras.  How does the camera transfer the picture?  A picture isn’t really any good until it goes somewhere right?  I mean, what good does a picture of your fav hottie do if it’s stuck in the camera?  Exactly.

So, digital cameras need to connect directly to either a computer or a printer.  The camera usually comes with a cord that connects into a USB port on the computer or printer (not that it matters, but in case you were wondering USB stands for universal serial bus – yeah more techno gobbly-gook).

Lots of cameras now do away with the cables altogether and use this sweet wireless connection to transfer pictures.  The less mess with cords the better right?  (And you don’t have to even know what a USB port is, let alone what it stands for.) These cameras use Bluetooth technology or WiFi (which basically means wireless).  These are a total must for the latest and greatest in the world of digital cameras.

Wireless means that the camera can download, print, and save photos to the comp while you are actually taking the picture.  Oh, and get this, wireless can even send photos to cameras or phones like a camera phone.

One more thing to look for when choosing the right digital camera is the size.  Cameras come in sooooo many sizes these days.  So it’s more about what a person likes and how they will use the camera.  A small one can fit in a tiny trendy purse, or a bigger one can slip into a backpack.  All that matters is that the digital camera can go everywhere it needs to be.

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