Digital Camera Shopping Tips

I always enjoy gathering data for potential purchases, but nothing excites me more than coming away with a good deal on a quality product. This is particularly true when buying high ticket items like computers, audio/video equipment and digital cameras. Although a large part of my research includes reading online reviews and comparing technical specifications, I also understand the importance of a hands-on experience. After all, you can read product reviews and user opinions until you’re blue in the face, but none of it matters if you don’t actually feel the product with your own hands. Listed below in no particular order are my tips for buying a digital camera:

1. Research, research, research – Sometimes I feel as though the best part of buying a new product is the research component. I love nothing more than to feel as though I’ve purchased the best item within a particular product class, but I understand that research plays a large part in achieving that goal. There are 2 sources that I turn to time and time again when researching products – online forums and large online retailers like Amazon. Particularly if you’re looking for a common item like a digital camera, online forums can be a great place to exchange honest information with a community of enthusiasts. Amazon and similar online retailers also offer a wide variety of products within a particular niche, making direct comparisons easier. A side benefit is that you’ll be able to read unique and unbiased user reviews.

2. Identify your needs – only you know the types of photos you intend to take with your new camera and the features you wish to utilize. Be sure that the megapixel size, zoom range and feature set is suitable for your individual situation. In general, you will want a camera with at least a 4 megapixel resolution to produce high quality prints up to 5×7-inches. Of course, there are other factors that contribute to producing a great image such as proper lighting, steadiness of the camera and proper shutter speed.

3. Establish a price range – the last thing you want to do is to fall in love with a digital camera only to realize that it’s out of your price range. Establishing a price range up front will prevent you from over spending and will help you to narrow down your search. The great thing is that the price for digital cameras has decreased dramatically over the past several years. At the same time the quality and technology as improved greatly. It’s truly amazing what $150 can buy you nowadays.