Digital cameras buying guide

Thinking about buying a digital camera? Here's what to look for.
 
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03.Which snapper are you?

Occasional snapper

Stick with a lower cost, easy to use camera. Eight megapixels should get you good quality, standard sized prints. Go for automatic everything. Expect to pay up to $400.

Look for:

  • Ease of use
  • Good flash
  • Standard batteries, or batteries that are rechargable outside the camera
  • Auto image quality

Busy snapper

If you take more than the occasional shot, want to share photos and make larger prints, go for a camera with versatility and good image quality. There's no need to go above 12 megapixels. Expect to pay up to $500.

Look for:

  • Auto image quality
  • Ease of use
  • Versatility
  • Battery life
  • Good flash
  • Accurate monitor/viewfinder
  • Minimum shutter delay

Keen traveller

Versatility and image quality are very important as is image storage capacity. 10 megapixels is probably what you will find in this range. Expect to pay up to $750

Look for:

  • Maximum storage
  • Manual controls
  • Versatility
  • Auto and manual image quality
  • 5-6 megapixels
  • Battery type
  • Battery life
  • Good flash

Hobbyist

If you spend a lot of time taking photos and are well acquainted with camera functions, the more megapixels for you the better. Storage capacity is also important. Expect to pay around $800.

Look for:

  • Manual controls
  • More than 5 megapixels
  • Manual image quality
  • Versatility
  • Accurate viewfinder
  • Minimum shutter delay

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