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The old system of taking photos, developing them and getting them enlarged has all been eliminated with the advent of digital cameras. With the digital camera, you can share photos with your friends and family across the world. All you have to do is to send the digital photos from the digital camera through email, and the recipient can select and print photos, if they like.

However, the digital camera market is vast; so when choosing and buying digital camera, a few points have to be borne in mind. It is always better to do some research on digital cameras before going to the store by reading as much as possible about digital cameras. This way, you can familiarise yourself with the buzzwords of digital cameras like pixels, memory, and optical zoom.

Once you are familiar with digital cameras, you have to determine your needs by planning what you intend to use your digital camera for. Deciding if you will only be viewing and emailing pictures, if you want to make high-quality prints or if you will be taking many photos help you choose the best digital camera for yourself. Then of course, you have to set a budget for the digital camera as digital cameras range from L70 to L900. You may spend unnecessarily for a camera with features you don’t need or end up buying a cheap camera without the features you wanted. Compare prices and features and your budget before finally deciding on the digital camera. Usually digital cameras with basic features that you need cost between L150 and $300.

Find out how much mega pixels you need in the camera as the higher is the number of mega pixels in the camera, the better will be the quality of photos. Sharing prints by email require 2 mega pixels; however if large prints are to be made, then it is better to opt for a digital camera of 3 mega pixels. If you want professional images in all sizes, then head for a 4 or 5 mega pixel camera. When opting for zoom feature in the digital camera, choose optical zoom and not digital zoom. Digital zoom may produce larger images, but the image quality will not be satisfactory. However, with optical zoom you get an enlarged image of good quality.

Another point to keep in mind when buying digital cameras is the number of pictures you intend to take at a time. This is measured with the memory of a camera, which is in megabytes. Most digital cameras provide between 8 to 16 megabytes of built in memory; if desired, you can buy additional memory cards for additional flexibility. As you will be storing, printing and emailing prints from the digital camera through your computer, it is important that the computer be compatible with your camera. So check on the minimum system requirement before buying the digital camera.

Compare the different digital cameras to find out which is comfortable in your hands. Different models have different sizes; so choose according to your hand size. There are several stores in UK which offers digital cameras of almost all top notch brands such as Canon, Nikon, Sony, Casio, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, Sanyo, and Samsung. Most of these digital camera stores permit trying the digital camera before buying it. So look through the viewfinder and assess the interface to decide if the digital camera is too complicated or if you are comfortable with it. And lastly, as there are many accessories that come with a digital camera, there is actually no need of buying all accessories. Consider your needs and your usage with the digital camera to find out which accessories are needed and which aren’t. Once all these points are taken into consideration, it is possible for you to decide on which digital camera you should invest in.

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