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5 photo tips for purchasing a camera

Tip 356 (Getting cameras with scene modes): Cameras nowadays come equipped with a lot of smart scene based modes. What this means is, there are settings in the cameras (mostly in point and shoot cameras) that allow users who do not really know the settings required for landscape vs. interiors vs. low light conditions vs. action sports. Each of these scenarios has its own settings that are optimal, and the scenes inside the camera set the aperture and shutter speed appropriate for these scenes. For example, for action sports, the shutter speed needs to be high, while for night modes, the aperture needs to be large and shutter slow so as to get maximum light.

Tip 357 (Motion Detector Technology in cameras): This seems like a subset of the above tip, but deserves a complete tip by itself. There are many newer cameras that come with motion detector technologies integrated. What this means is, for point and shoot cameras where you cannot be too bothered with changing the aperture and shutter speed, there are cameras which detect whether the object being shot is moving, and accordingly adjust the shutter speed so as to capture the moving object. This would help to reduce the extent of blurring in shots because of motion.

Tip 358 (Cameras with intelligent ISO): This tip is more relevant for people who shoot photos with point and shoot cameras for fun, and do not try to enter the business of professional photography. If you have low light conditions, then increasing the ISO level can help get a better shot, but as you increase the ISO, there are greater chances of noise in the photo. For cameras with intelligent ISO, they use ISO along with changing exposure to get a better chance of getting a clearer photo.

Tip 359 (Evaluate cameras with IS): IS in this case means Image Stabilization, and for point and shoot cameras, IS could mean the difference between getting a clear shot, and getting a shot where the sharpness could have been improved. You should experiment with cameras with and without IS to determine the benefits of IS.

Tip 360 (Underwater housing): If you are on an adventure to a place with coral reefs, then it is tempting to use a camera on those reefs, and their colorful fish surroundings. However, cameras need to be either water proof on their own, or be housed in a water-proof casing if they need to be used in conditions where the camera is exposed to a lot of water.

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