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Every camera in each camera comparison category has strong points and weak points. No one can make a camera that is the best of all worlds. That is one reason for the multitude of cameras on the market.
Get the one that aligns best with your needs. Still subjects, Macro (Closeup), telephoto, action, whatever you will do most, get a camera from the category that works best for that. Once you get your camera be sure you protect your camera.
Review this page as necessary in order to know you are choosing the right category. Remember, one main reason to choose a higher cost camera is for greater field speed when you are capturing split second memories.
Another reason would be if you need to enlarge many pictures and/or you are earning money with your shots. When selling your work you want the option to enlarge yet maintain the crispness.
Other than that most point & shoots do a great job of capturing vivid memories you will be proud to display.
Don't be fooled by megapixel size of a camera.
When you are considering the megapixels your camera touts, remember you are comparing apples to oranges if you make the mistake of comparing a 12 megapixel point & shoot with a 12 megapixel DSLR.
They are completely different because they are made differently. This is not the forum for an in depth explanation. Suffice it to say the quality of the larger, more costly camera is superior to the smaller one even though they may carry the same megapixel size.
At 4X6 prints, and even as high as 8X10, the difference usually shows little if any. When you crop or enlarge there will be a difference. Compare megapixels only within a category.
This is merely another variable to consider when figuring which camera is truly best for you. Trading down in size is trading down in the quality of your pictures. If you need higher quality, don't do it.
Whichever camera you ultimately choose...
remember to look into post edit programs before you make the final decision. This way if you choose Photoshop, Elements which I recommend above all others, you can figure about $99 for it into your budget.
There are a few other considerations when making your camera comparison.
*Most cameras have rechargeable batteries. Some do not. If you get a camera that takes disposable batteries you must take battery cost into consideration. I learned the hard way that battery cost can be considerable.
*Memory cards cost money. Every camera I know of needs a memory card. Even if the camera claims to have "built-in" memory, the memory is minimal. A card is really mandatory. Different kinds of cards have different costs as well as paying more for the larger sizes.
Cards are relatively inexpensive but learn what you will pay for memory cards before you make the final decision on which camera you will get.
*Carefully study the return policy of the seller. Whether you get it from a store or online you should know what you are in for should you find you did not make the best camera choice. If you prepare correctly before your purchase this should not be an issue, yet there is always the possibility.
I personally like Amazon.com for my online purchases.
*when you are looking at cameras, don’t worry so much about all the buttons. Every camera has a multitude of buttons. Most will never be used. They are there because many people use certain ones, each person will use a few of them and every button will be used by someone; not necessarily you.
The buttons you ultimately don’t use just don’t matter. If you so choose, later on when you are more familiar with your camera you can explore the buttons and see what they do. Many will make your photographic experience more fun but they are not mandatory in order to get great shots.
*You will undoubtedly want a case and some other camera accessories for your camera. Consider a case, 1 or more lenses, extra batteries, lighting and anything else you can think of in your purchase. As time goes on you will probably add to your collection. More information.
*Once you get your camera don’t second guess yourself and get all bent out of shape every time someone walks by with the latest and the greatest. Many of the pictures you see on this site were taken several years ago with a 6 meg. Point & Shoot.
The pictures still look great. Your goal is to get the camera that fits your needs or wants. Get the one that you project will fill your known needs as far into the future as is reasonably possible and the one you like best.
You've made the comparison, now go get ‘em. Click on the page talking about the category of camera you have chosen and continue your quest.
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