Digital Camera Buying Guide

We’ve had some people ask us what the best digital camera is to buy these days and so I thought I’d give you a little guide that may (or may not) help you in buying the right camera for your needs.

I found some recent reviews done for digital cameras and here is a list of some of them that sounded the most reliable, the most well rounded for various needs and at some of the best prices available today.

1.) Kodak EasyShare V570 – This camera is completely automatic but it has several preset “scenes” for different levels of picture taking. These different modes help to extend the camera’s uses in a good way. It also has a dual lens, which includes a 23mm wide angle lens. This camera is well liked because of its versatility and camera tricks that it is capable of doing.

Res: 5.0mp
Zoom: 5x
Storage: SD/MMC
Price range: $302-427

2.) Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9 – This digital camera comes with Panasonic’s Mega OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), which gives this camera just a little more oomph. It has 6-megapixel resolution and excellent battery life. This one comes with one of the lowest prices available for all it has to offer.

Res: 6.0mp
Zoom: 3x
Storage: SD/MMC
Price range: $244-400

3.) Fujifilm FinePix S5200 – This camera comes with a 10x optical zoom and a 5.1-megapixel package. This one also has some good physical features with its small size, great grip and a solid feel. This camera is good for everyday shooting in any sort of lighting and it does well to set a standard for cameras with this sort of zoom and appearance.

Res: 5.1mp
Zoom: 10x
Storage: xD
Price range: $259-411

4.) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-S600 – This digicam is one of Sony’s entry-level models for their 2006 cameras, but it comes with great resolution at 6-megapixels. Some photographers like a little extra highlighting and shadowing, which this camera does well. But, if you don’t like full contrasting in your photos, this may not be the one for you.

Res: 6.0mp
Zoom: 3x
Price range: $166-222

In case you’re looking for something a little more “big boyish,” let’s move on to some different ones. This next list is some of the most popular digital cameras for 2006. You can also check out the provided links to learn about all of the extended details about each camera. You can read recent reviews, find out about picture quality, speeds, weight, LCD monitors, comparisons to other cameras and many other overview topics. There is also a pull down menu at the top of each review that will let you in on even more information about the camera. There’s also an option for you to buy the product if you so choose.

1.) Canon EOS 30D

Res: 8.2mp
Zoom: 9x
Price range: $1304-1399

2.) Olympus E-330 EVOLT

Res: 7.5mp
Zoom: 14x
Price range: $999-1099

3.) Nikon D200

Res: 10.2mp
Price range: $1699

4.) Canon EOS 350D Digital Rebel XT

Res: 8.0mp
Price range: $795

5.) Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH

Res: 7.1mp
Zoom: 3x
Price range: $355

6.) Kodak EasyShare P880

Res: 8.0mp
Price range: $437-599

7.) Olympus SP-500 UZ

Res: 6.0mp
Zoom: 10x
Price range: $250-379

8.) Sony Cyber-shot DSC-P200

Res: 7.2mp
Zoom: 3x
Price range: $276

9.) Fujifilm FinePix S5200

Res: 5.1mp
Zoom: 10x
Price range: $303

10.) Olympus Camedia SP-350

Res: 8.0mp
Zoom: 3x
Price range: $312

These are just a few of the good digital cameras you will find out on the market today. Here are some suggestions for you as you go about looking for a camera to buy.

  • Set up a budget before you go looking. You need to budget yourself, so you don’t go over the price you have set in your mind. You can usually find something with most of the features you are interested in at the price you want. You also don’t want to go too low, because a camera with a very low price could be unreliable.
  • Ignore digital zoom. You need to focus more on optical zoom.
  • Small doesn’t mean underpowered. Small digicams are very powerful for photo taking as well, so a smaller camera might fit your needs even more.
  • Look into getting a camera with a magnified photo preview. The magnifier will help you to determine the sharpness of a photo you take.
  • Plan on purchasing some extra media memory to go along with your camera, depending on how much memory you think you’re going to need.
  • Don’t get caught up in megapixels. Consider them, but think about other things too. Megapixels aren’t everything in a digital camera. If you’re going to be doing a lot of cropping with your photos, you may need more megapixels, but if you’re not planning on doing much editing, look into other features more carefully.
  • Look into getting a camera with preset scene modes. These will help you with lighting conditions and may help your pictures turn out more like you want.
  • Check into flash options.
  • Consider a weatherproof camera.
  • Consider battery life.
  • Check out camera reviews before you head to the store. You can read the ones I have pointed out above or do a search online for even more of them.

There’s a lot of information available out there and making sure you research every aspect of the camera you’re interested in buying will help for a longer camera life and it will help you get everything you want out of the camera you buy.

Also, check out this tip for information on megapixels, zooms, storage, battery types, formats, flash and much more.

~ Erin