I had an Olympus Camedia and really liked it. I think it had 5 megapixels and
at the time I bought it, many people thought it was a good buy for $1,000.
Then I got the Rebel Canon. It is a single lens reflex. Most mid to low level
cameras are what they call range finders. This means basically what you see in
the lens is not what you are taking a picture of. With an SLR you can
theoretically see what you are going to get!
I liked the Olympus camera because it was so easy to figure out. All the
settings were very intuitive. The Rebel takes great pictures but the options
are so extensive that the interface is really confusing. Most digital cameras
now come with a USB cable that you can plug into a computer and download your
stuff and you don't even have to worry about what kind of way the camera saves
the image. So compatible is not much of an issue. If you already have an ink
jet printer, there really is no need to get one of those printers that do
nothing but print out picture from your digital camera. Personally, I would
rather spend my money on a printer that could do many things, instead of buying
something that only prints pictures. But maybe there is more to it than meets
the eye. I like to bring pictures into my computer and then use Photoshop to
edit the picture. To me this is where the fun starts and the advantage of a
digital camera in the first place.
One other thing. Most consumer level digital cameras do not have fast shutter
speeds and are not good for taking pictures of sporting events, etc. They do
not capture fast motion. You have to get a fairly expensive digital camera to
get a faster shutter.
I know I haven't answered all your questions. I am no expert for sure. I just
offer what my experience has been.
Oh, one final thing that is so maddening with buying any piece of technology,
especially something like a digital camera. The second you buy it, the next
day you hear about some new technological advancement that will make the camera
you just bought outdated within a year or two. It is frustrating to say the
Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX 76204
Quoting Joe Cox <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> Hi all,
> There has been some discussion on digital photography. I have a question on
> digital cameras. I want to purchase one for my personal use but when I go
> to look at them I get so confused and usually leave frustrated. There are
> so many on the market that it is really hard to know what to buy. I want a
> moderately priced camera that I can use for family photos and in my art.
> What is movie mode? What is the best brand? Is there a big difference
> between a camera with 4, 5 or 6 megapixel. What about zoom features? When
> buying what should I look for and what should I stay away from? What about
> the new photo printers they have on the market, and then there is the whole
> issue of memory cards and what not.
> If you know of a website that can help answer my questions or have a
> suggestion of a camera that works well for you please let me know. Also if
> you had an experience with your camera, good or bad, please share.
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