Shopping: How to Choose a New Digital Camera

Are you wondering about all those neat digital cameras on the market and how you can pick the right one for you? Here is a step by step way to get exactly what you want and need in a new digital camera.

1. Read some product reviews. A good place to start is Google search ( Something like "digital camera product reviews" can be put in the search area. Look for the free reviews. Why pay for something if you don't have to. Using sites like and looking up "digital cameras" is helpful for reading buyers' reviews for free. Also, consider reading the current "Consumer Report Magazine" at the library on the product you are interested in. In this case it would be "digital cameras." The more you read the more you will become acquainted with features and pros and cons of each brand. Consider many brands before making your wish list. Do not limit yourself to a few brands that you are familiar with. Technology and companies change so much that the brand you used in the past may not resemble anything that is now on the market.

2. Determine what you will use the camera for and your budget. Do your homework in understanding what each new function does that you are not familiar with. There are so many functions for digital cameras and your needs may be smaller or larger than the average camera on the market. If you buy a little above the minimum technology that you need in any area of electronics, you may end up stuck with a dinosaur piece of equipment within a short period of time after your purchase. Do not just assume that you should buy the digital camera with the maximum technology to have the best for your needs. Buying something that has maximum technology unless absolutely necessary can be a waste of money. Many times maximum technology items come down in price in a short period of time. The price of new technology usually comes down as all the technology companies catch up to the new technology and start offering competitive pricing. Ask yourself if you can use what you currently have and wait for the technology to come down in price. If you need to purchase something right away, pick a middle ground that suits your needs as closely as possible. Only purchase the top of the technology line if absolutely necessary. Stick to your budget as close as possible without giving up basic function need.

3. Once you have a list of the possible cameras that you think will serve your purposes and fit in your budget, it is time to try out the merchandise. Look for local stores in your area that carry the brands you are interested in. Ask the store clerk to show you the items and and allow you to use them briefly (with the clerk's help) in the store. Ask the clerk if they have an opinion on any of the items you have picked or what they see the general public buying. Ask them what their favorite piece of equipment is and why.

4. Even after working through all these steps, you may think you like one type of camera and then find that some of the functions are really not suited to what you are used to after getting it home. You may end up taking the camera back for a refund and buying another brand no matter how sure you were of your final choice. Make sure that no matter where you buy the camera, it can be returned.

The bottom line in all of the above steps is that you end up with a camera that fits your needs, your budget, and your style.

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