Upgrade to Digital from Film
March 6, 2009 2:46pm CST
Upgrade to Digital Times are changing, everyone is trying to save money, however they can. When it comes to buying a digital camera, saving money is a very important thing. When buying your first digital camera, there are several things to look for. First is typically the price. For a basic point and shoot digital camera, you can find one for under $100. For a price tag of up to $2,000, you can buy a DSLR, or Digital Single Lens Reflector. SLR’s are popular in the film type cameras, but are slowly being replaced by digital SLR. The reason a DSLR cost is high, is because it offers a range of features that a simple point and shoot doesn’t. A point and shoot film camera is easy to use, just turn it on and shoot. A point and shoot digital camera is the same way, but you can see your pictures and erase them if necessary. When choosing what camera to buy, you need to take into consideration what you’ll be using the camera for. Most people buy their first camera as a hobbyist, not for professional use. If this is the case for you, then you’ll only need to buy a simple DLSR camera. Digital cameras range from simple with low zoom range and no video capabilities, to high zoom range and video options. Depending on the camera and how much memory you purchase, you may be able to record video just as well as you would with a camcorder. The average zoom needed by a hobbyist is 3x zoom. This simply means that an object will appear 3 times closer to you than it really is. When you want to see more distant objects, then you’ll need more zoom, and that will mean finding a camera that has this. All cameras have zoom, so be sure to look at each camera to find out how much each one has. In order to get up close and personal with an object you cannot physically get to, the more zoom you have, the easier it is to get closer. Film cameras don’t give you the option of zoom unless you purchase a special lense for this purpose. With digital cameras, you can expand on the available zoom by purchasing a lense and replacing the current one on the camera with it, just like with a film camera. Check cameras before making a decision on what to buy in the store, you may buy more camera than you really need if you’re just learning. You can always upgrade in the future to something better when you feel you’re ready for it. This is important when you’re first starting out, otherwise you may feel overwhelmed when trying to use your camera for the first time. Find a camera that takes normal batteries, not complicated battery packs, as these specialty items always cost more, and are sometimes more trouble than you really need. By purchasing a camera that takes normal batteries, at least you know that you can buy rechargeable batteries to help protect the environment. Once you go digital you may never want to go back to film again. You will find it so much easier to work with digital.
• United States
9 Mar 09
Good points! Another important thing to consider is WHERE you buy your camera from! You can get some really great deals by buying online, but you also have to be aware that there are a lot of scam websites out there! They will list a camera for a "too good to be true" price. Then you place the order and give your credit card information. Everything looks good and it says your camera is in stock and ready to be shipped. Then you get a phone call from the company you ordered from asking for the confirmation number on your credit card for security reasons. Once you give that, the salesperson on the phone will try to sell you some type of accessory for your camera like a battery or memory card made specifically for your camera. If you ask how much it will cost, the price they give you is insanely expensive!!! They try to pressure you to buy this extremely overpriced accessory. If you keep saying no, then you will get an e-mail from them saying that the camera you ordered is no longer in stock. If you call to complain, the salespeople will be EXTREMELY rude to you and will probably hang up on you. So be careful when buying online!!! Read the reviews of any store you buy from before buying!!! If the price seems too good to be true, chances are that it is!