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Which Digital Camera is Right For You?
The technology that led to the advent of personal photography has been around for decades. However, in the past ten years, there has been a lot of changes. Cameras have made the transition from film to digital photographs, effectively revolutionizing the industry. Digital cameras may seem a bit overwhelming to the new user, but they are actually quite simple. They are also affordable and are coming down in price all the time. If you haven't made the switch, it's time to take a look at what is available in this market today.
The most basic type of digital camera is the point and shoot model. These digital cameras are often quite small and can easily fit in a purse, briefcase or pocket. While some models offer limited manual control, they are intended to be used mainly with their automatic programs. New features include automatic detection of the subjects, or face detecting technology. This makes it easier than ever to get a good shot. The basic point and shoot camera is often limited in its zoom capacity, though optical zoom settings of up to 3-5x are not uncommon. Most cameras tout a digital zoom of much more. However, the quality of digital zoom is quite poor, so stick with the optical capabilities.
In the middle range, digital cameras are available that combine point and shoot with more advanced features. This category is often called the super zoom cameras as they feature an optical zoom of 10-15x, much more than their smaller cousins. These cameras are also much larger and offer more manual control than the point and shoot models. Upgrading to a super zoom camera can be a great way to become more familiar with the ins and outs of exposure and shutter speed. However, the automatic programs are also very good. If you feel that you need more than a basic camera, but aren't quite ready for a professional model, look at cameras in this category.
Last, but definitely not least, you will find the digital SLR. This camera is ultra professional and has all the bells and whistles. Automatic programs are also included on an SLR. However, the manual settings are what really make these digital cameras shine. Unlike the point and shoot and super zoom cameras, an SLR has removable and interchangeable lenses. A basic lens is usually included when you purchase the camera body and you can add more lenses as your shooting needs develop. There are lenses that are suited to action shots, close ups and even panoramic views.
As you can see, there is a camera for every person's needs. If you are a beginner, go with a point and shoot. For more advanced photographers, you may want to choose the middle model, a super zoom camera. Finally, for the professional, a digital SLR will offer all you need.