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5 Photo Tips for buying a better camera (contd..)

Tip 856 (Decide on the optimum amount of megapixels): For some years now, there has been a push to have newer cameras with a high number of megapixels, and these are seen as a selling point. However, if your are not looking for professional photography, then beyond a point, increasing the number of megapixels does not really benefit you. It makes images huge, difficult to send to somebody without doing the reduction in size, makes them harder to edit (since the software consumes more memory when editing larger files), and does not make a difference when you want to print such images (you can get a good poster size print without needing to go in for 12+ megapixel images).

Tip 857 (Check for how rugged you want your camera to be): Depending on how you use your camera, you may need to evaluate how rugged your camera needs to be. If you have a young growing child who can be stubborn, then you would need a camera that is more resistant to shocks and dropping.

Tip 858 (Evaluate your own external environment): Consider the weather of the area you are living in. If you are living in an area with a lot of dust or sand, or living near the sea where the corrosive effect of moisture already affects your other devices, then make you that are checking for cameras that are more resistant to such factors.

Tip 859 (Don’t get puzzled by digital zoom): When a camera proclaims that it has a 20X digital zoom, and a 5X optical zoom, then you should really consider as if the camera actually has a 5X optical zoom, since a digital zoom is the same as taking an image in a software program and magnifying it (which results in a loss of image quality).

Tip 860 (Check for how fast the camera can start up): In modern cameras, as a part of the reviews, you will find a description of how quickly the camera can boot up. This is important for you if you are of the type who sees something and want to quickly take a photo, since a slow camera will be very frustrating for you. If on the other hand, all you need is a camera for capturing family occasions, something that takes a bit longer but is better in other aspects may be better for you.

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