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Important features on a Digital Camera

Psttt... Digital camera??? I got free last 3 weeks... kih kih kih... (My hubby winning the lucky draw) I'm very happy and at least, I can save my money☺ ... The important features?? Before you buy, let's check it out first!

* Amount of Megapixels: Many cameras of today will offer 10MP or more. A high amount of megapixels is a good option if you will be printing large prints or doing a fair amount of cropping.

* Optical Zoom: The higher the optical zoom number, the closer in you will be able to focus and shoot a subject. Optical zooms can range from 3x up to 24x.

* Shutter Speed: Fast shutter speeds (high numbers) are advantageous if you are shooting quick moving objects, such as sports, birds, etc. An example of a high speed would be 1/2000th of a second.

* ISO Settings: High ISO settings are typically used when you are taking photos in dimly lit or dark situations. Here is where the quality of the camera is important. Just because a camera offers a very high ISO setting does not mean that the image captured will be noise-free. Noise is tiny specs that appear in a photo. If this is important to you (taking pictures in dark areas), be sure to buy a camera that produces quality photos even at high ISO settings.

* Scene Modes: If you like things to be very automatic, be sure the camera you are considering has lots of Scene Modes, where you can set the camera to just shoot, for example, Movement. The camera makes the correct settings automatically.

* LCD: This is the viewing screen on the camera. Generally they will range from 2 to 3 inches in size. the larger, the better. Some cameras offer this with or without an electronic viewfinder, which is the small opening you look through when framing a shot.

* Flash: Automatic flashes usually work for a specific distance. If you are shooting in situations where you will need to use the flash, check out the flash distance of the camera to make sure it will work well for you.
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