When looking to purchase a digital camera, there are entirely too many things to consider. First off, how much money do you want to spend? Are you looking for something simple for weekends, or are you an avid photographer. Are these the only photos you’ll be taking of your children, or are you just looking for something fun and easy to carry with you? Digital cameras have evolved the point that nearly every possibility is available to anyone, regardless of their personal needs.
For those that are looking for a digital camera that won’t break the bank or throw so many interface options at them they need a class to operate the thing, there are a great many simpler options on the market.
Fuji FinePix A500 Digital Camera – This 5.1 megapixel camera retails for around $100 and offers many of the standard features you’d come to expect in a digital camera; simple use, basic customization of photo taking options, and halfway decent quality. It’s still a cheap camera though, so don’t expect anything too fancy or over the top in your photos. You’re looking at Fuji’s low end product here and they don’t make up for that with anything surprising.
Kodak EasyShare C315 Digital Camera – Kodak’s low end models are similar to Fuji’s though the picture quality is often cited as slightly better. At 5 megapixels, you’ll get fairly decent photos, though the resultant options like action shots and low lighting photos are fairly hard to make come out half way decent. The result is a cheap (at around $90) camera that is very easy to use but for anything more complex than simple daylight poses, doesn’t stand up to the competition.
Samsung Digimax A503 Digital Camera – The Samsung Digimax is another 5 megapixel camera retailing for around $100 that doesn’t offer the niceties of optical zoom or lighting options. However, the lenses for Samsungs cheaper model are of fairly high quality considering the price and the ease of use and relative quality of photos makes it a fairly decent buy. This digital camera’s cons tend to be outweighed by its pros.
Nkon Coolpix L3 Digital Camera – Nikon’s L3 model retails for around $130 and matches up with its brethren above fairly decently in terms of features. It’s a 5.1 megapixel camera with no optical zoom and though it offers the options for night picture taking, the results are usually subpar, especially in light of its incredibly slow shutter speed and flash control. Picture quality is decent though, once you overlook the speed at which it operates.
Canon Powershot A460 Digital Camera – The Canon Powershot retails for about $130 and is probably the best of the cameras listed here. It features similar specs and controls, but in terms of its photo quality and flash operation, it surpasses the competition. Without sacrificing too much in the way of speed and night photo quality, you’re getting a fairly decent quality camera for a low price.
Your camera options are almost never limited. When the cost of manufacturing them fell a few years back and the market exploded it became official that finding a digital camera would never be a simple task. However, you’ll find that there are a few out there that stand far above the others in quality and ease of use.