Digital Camera Shopping Tips

Do you feel like a lamb being lead to the slaughter whenever you walk into a camera store? Like somehow your about to lose a lot of money and walk out feeling even more confused than when you walked in. It happens. It doesn’t have to, but it does. The best way to avoid that expensive and confusing scenario, is to educate yourself as best as possible. That way, you’ll walk out the store knowing exactly what you bought, how your going to use it, and not that much poorer. A few simple digital camera shopping tips will make it easy.

First things first, consider your own level of photography expertise, and what kind of pictures you want to take. Landscape, wedding, portrait, sports, vacation, birthday and macro photography all place slightly different demands on your digital camera equipment. Be sure that the camera and/or lenses your considering are up to the job.

The other tip to think about is that different types of cameras will put different demands on you the photographer. If you plan on shooting fast action sports, or panoramic landscapes with very dynamic lighting you may decide a sophisticated SLR with several different lenses is in your future. If you’ve only ever taken snapshots of juniors birthday parties, then maybe you need a little upgrade. An evening photography course for a few weeks could do wonders for your camera shopping knowledge base, and your final portfolio.

Another good tip, is to borrow a camera if you can, that’s similar to the one your considering for a weekend or so. If you don’t know anyone that has one, maybe a friendly camera clerk at your local camera store can help out. A few days of shooting, printing, and editing images will give you a darn good idea if the new camera is a good idea. At the very least, it gives you a camera to scratch off your short list.