Every few months, if not more frequently, a new series of digital cameras are introduced to the market, and poorly informed or undecided buyer is forced to make a tough decision when selecting among the huge range of models. With the good buying options that we will point out in this article, you will hopefully pick one because of its proper features instead of relying only on sales pitch from manufacturers.

Most stores, both online and brick-and-mortar, concentrate on promoting megapixels as the main factor. This is only a selling technique and is not always true. Let us understand why.

The picture made with a digital camera is constituted of a lot of points named pixels. The more pixels that photo is created of, the more details it can present. That means that the more megapixels a camera delivers, the more you can zoom into the image, or print in a large comfortable size, before it becomes cloudy and unclear. Imagine, for example, of a 10×10 inch mosaic and suppose filling it up with 2×2, 1×1 and 0.1×0.1 inch pices and the more pieces you use, the better the picture will be.

Because the price of the digital camera increases with the amount of megapixels, you should better analyze what you will use the camera for. If you will just use it to take shots for your website or probably won’t use to print pictures larger than a 5×7 there is no ground why you should go for something higher than a 4.0 MP camera. Keep your money for other features and accessories instead of putting money in megapixels you will never use.

But, the main gain you would get if you chose on spending more for a higher resolution camera is cropping: a 9×12 photo taken at 5.0 MP can be resized to 8×10 or 5×7 without any problems.

Most, if not all new consumer cameras have a zoom feature. This option can be particularly useful when taking a shot of something that is too far away and you have no possibility to get close to the subject, or you want to take a portrait without taking a lot of the distracting surrounding.

Optical zoom option is the real magnifying characteristic, the camera magnifies the picture with an assembly of lenses before the image gets to the image sensor  on the other hand the digital zoom enlarges the photo that is already saved in the camera. Be certain you understood the camera’s technical specifications well. The total zoom is measured by multiplying the digital and optical zoom numbers. Make positive that the optical zoom meets your needs and don’t count on digital zoom at all, you can achieve its very same effect with any photo processing software.

One of the best digital cameras we can recommend is Canon SD880IS. But if Canon SD880IS is too expensive go for the cheaper Canon SD1100IS.

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