What a long way photography has come in just a few years. From using chemical-based film to using no film at all. And you do not even need a computer to get you pictures from a digital camera anymore. Some of the higher end ones come with there own “developer” systems, or you can “develop” them yourself at the local drug store Just put in the memory card choose what pictures you want and push a button.
First, let’s get a little information on what to look for in a digital camera. You can easily spend $600 to $700 and up for a high end digital camera, but for everyday use you can find one under $300 that works well, and gives you great picture resolution. Here are some of the terms to become familiar with before you begin too shop. Remember, shop around. Prices vary greatly and always look for sales. Know what you want and wait for the right price.
Basically what you need to look for is the number of megapixels the camera has. The one I have now is a 3-megapixel. The pictures on this site were taken with it. Basically, the more pixels your camera has, the more resolution (clarity) you will get. Also, you will need a memory card. Some higher priced cameras do come with one. Your camera will come with a built in memory, but you really need to get a memory card. They come with different capacities. The one I have cost me $15.00 and for a 3-megapixel camera it holds 100 pictures, for a higher pixel camera, the storage capacity would be less. The best thing is after you have downloaded your pictures to your computer, or printed them up, you can delete them and have your capacity full again. You never have to buy another memory card unless you really need to take a lot of pictures, like on that vacation to Hawaii you are finally going to take.
So with this in mind, let’s see what is available.
Fuji FinePix Z1 Digital Camera suggested price $299
This one has an extra feature, movie mode with sound. It is compact and easy to handle with 5.2 megapixels, digital and optical zoom, a 2.5 inch LCD screen and lithium battery.
Panasonic Lumix TZ1 Digital camera suggested price $299
This is an excellent, compact 5 megapixel digital camera, with 10X optical zoom, 4X digital zoom, auto focus and auto exposure, movie mode w/sound, deluxe lithium ion battery and a 2.5 inch LCD screen.
Pentax Optio A10 Digital Camera suggested price $299
this has a massive 8 megapixels and is point and shoot. Has movie mode with sound and a
D-Li8 lithium ion battery.
Kodak EasyShare Z650 Digital Camera suggested price $270
Kodak is an all time American favorite and this one does not disappoint. It is small and easy to use this model has 6 megapixels, 10x optical zoom and 5x digital zoom, auto focus, auto and manual exposure, has movie mode w/sound, and a 2.0″ LCD screen uses 2 AA batteries or 1 L-CRV3.
Sony CyberShot DSC-P200 Digital Camera suggested price $249
Excellent choice. This camera comes with 7.1 megapixels , optical and digital zoom , and is compact and easy to handle. Also comes with a better than average Lithium-Ion battery.
Canon PowerShot Digital Camera A610 suggested price $249
This one lives up to Canon’s reputation as one of the best camera manufacturers around. It comes with 5 megapixels, optical zoom and digital zoom, auto and manual focus, auto and manual exposure, movie mode with sound. It uses 4 AA batteries.
Canon PowerShot A420 Digital Camera suggested price $180
This is a good buy for the price. It has 4 megapixels, optical zoom and optical zoom, auto and manual focus, plus auto and manual exposure, movie mode w/sound, 2 AA batteries, 2.0 inch LCD monitor.
Fuji Fine Pix A400 Digital Camera suggested price $125
A good one in its price range. Has movie mode, but no sound. 1.8 inch LCD screen, optical zoom and uses 2 AA batteries.
Digital cameras are great fun for the entire family. They save money in the long run just on buying filim alone, not to mention the cost of developing. If a picture does not come out right, just delete it and re-shot. No more waiting for the pictures to come back, only to find that one you were waiting for, the special one that you cannot take again wasspoiled, Digital Cameras are the future of photography.