Can’t Figure Out what Camera to Buy for Your Upcoming Trip? Read On.
Posted on March 22, 2012
First let’s shed a little light on photography mumbo – jumbo. DSLR stands for “Digital Single Lens Reflex,” which is the digital version of the traditional film camera. ISO refers to the light sensitivity of the digital sensor—the higher the number, the less light needed. Most film ranges from ISO 50 to 800, but today’s top DSLR cameras can shoot up to ISO 25000, that means they’ll work even in candlelight. When it comes to lenses, “fast” ones with an aperture of 2.8 or greater are best. They let more light into the camera, allowing for faster shutter speeds, which are essential for capturing moving images clearly. As for megapixels, the idea that more is better is just a myth. A higher number of megapixels do allow for bigger prints, but today any camera with more than 10 megapixels can produce gorgeous 13×19 inch images.
However, unless you are a budding photographer who wants top of the line features, budget cameras are the best way to go. Many snap shooters who don’t want to be bothered with confusing features will find these cameras perfect for their needs. Shopping by features is probably the best idea. You may be stunned by the number of cameras that have state-of-the-art technology like face detection and anti-shake.
Even the least costly model has a 3x optical zoom lens, typically in the 38-110mm (35mm equivalent) range, and focuses automatically. Quite a few models now have wider zoom lenses that start at 28mm, which lets you capture a wider field of view. The flash will generate enough light for close portraits, but that’s about it. Flash controls should include auto, a way to override the flash when you don’t want it, and a way to turn it on when you need it. Red-eye reduction pre-flash and face recognition are standard even on budget priced cameras.
Try and pick up a camera with at least some “scene” settings, which optimize the camera’s exposure settings for specific occasions such as when shooting sports, landscapes, and portraits. The costlier models may offer a dozen or more such settings.
Exposure is automatically set, but you should ensure that the camera has variable shutter speeds and a range of apertures. Finally, while you might think you have to sacrifice LCD monitor size to save money, but this is not necessarily the case. Monitors are available in the 2.5-to-3-inch range.