How to Select the Right Digital Camera for YOU

Photography is a hobby that millions of people partake in every day.

RVing gives us an opportunity to get closer to and experience the beauty of nature. Photo above is Capitol Reef National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RVing gives us an opportunity to get closer to and experience the beauty of nature. Photo above is Capitol Reef National Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

More people are taking more photos than ever before, and they’re sharing them online with friends and family in record numbers.

Photo taking is at an all time high, and no wonder—digital cameras are affordable, forgiving, and easy to use.

Photography has been a popular hobby for over a hundred years.

Many get into this because it fascinates them, others just want to take the odd family picnic snapshots, while yet others make it their means of living.

You cannot simply decide to buy a digital camera and buy it, at once. There are numerous things that should be kept in your mind before this crucial decision.

When buying a digital camera which suits your requirements, you need to consider size, ease of use, shape, type of camera, manufacturer, resolution, pixels, image sensor, color, and much more.

Watch out for colorful or “pretty” cameras that do not meet your photography needs.

You’ll likely face many difficulties and probably land up buying a wrong camera if you don’t have the basic understanding of a digital camera and its aspects.

There is such a variety of equipment to choose from it can leave the mind boggling.

With the recent launch of the OM-D E-M5, Olympus harks back to one of its most fondly-remembered camera systems - the Olympus OM range of 35mm SLRs. (Source: olympusamerica.com)

With the recent launch of the OM-D E-M5, Olympus harks back to one of its most fondly-remembered camera systems – the Olympus OM range of 35mm SLRs. (Source: olympusamerica.com)

Very often people go and buy the wrong thing, only to resell it at half the price after a few months.

The newcomer to the world of digital cameras is presented with a bewildering array of options. Cameras today are evolving faster than a Super Bowl defense. Just about every few months a camera manufacturer introduces as new camera body with features and technology not previously available.

Buying a digital camera can be a frustrating experience—it can be intimidating and confusing.

Digital cameras are confusing to a lot of new users.

Since there’s a myriad of new digital cameras available for purchase, it can be confusing trying to decide which one is best for you and it’s not easy to know where to begin.

If you’re buying a digital camera for the first time, you can quickly get lost in the details—there are lots of them.

There’s a considerable amount of information competing for your attention—along with some misinformation.

The good news is that it’s pretty difficult to choose a bad camera these days. There are cameras geared for all skill levels and interests, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.

The bad news is there are a lot of features to wade through to ensure you’re getting the camera that best meet your own personal photography needs.

Choosing the right digital cameras is a balancing act. You want a camera that will take quality photos, have your favorite features, yet is still convenient to use. What, exactly, should you look for when camera shopping?

Buying a digital camera usually requires some trade-offs.

I’m not going to discuss all the different features on various digital cameras or tell you which models are best (something that is really quite individual and which changes over time) however there are a few questions and factors to keep in mind when selecting the best digital camera for you.

The right camera comes down to personal preference.

The new top-of-the-line pro Canon, EOS-1D X features a 18.1 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. (Source: usa.canon.com)

The new top-of-the-line pro Canon, EOS-1D X features a 18.1 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. (Source: usa.canon.com)

My purpose then, is to provide you with a basic framework to use in deciding which digital camera to buy.

There are a few factors that I encourage you to keep in mind when buying your digital camera.

In the following articles I’ll provide my advice on purchasing a digital camera which comes from my personal experience of buying numerous cameras.

Please Note: This is the second in a series of stories on Digital Photography and RVing

Worth Pondering…

It seems positively unnatural to travel without taking a camera along…The very activity of taking pictures is soothing and assuages general feelings of disorientation that are likely to be exacerbated by travel.

—Susan Sontag

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