In general, there are two main types of cameras you can buy: the point-and-shoot and the SLR. Mike Adams, manager of Ritz Camera in Braintree, Mass., says a point-and-shoot camera, which has many automatic features, is good for beginners and novices. The single-lens reflex is the top choice of professionals.
In general, there are two main types of cameras you can buy: the point-and-shoot and the SLR.
“SLR means single-lens reflex, which means you are looking directly through the lens. With a point and shoot, you are looking at the screen on the back which shows you what is coming through the megapixels on the lens,” said Mike Adams, manager of Ritz Camera in Braintree, Mass.
SLR cameras often bring in a great deal more light and can be used as camcorders, Adams said. They are typically more expensive and are usually the top choice for pros and shutterbugs alike.
Some point-and-shoot cameras have their own technological advantages, however. The new Sony Cyber-shot camera, for example, can take panoramic images for you while you turn in a circle.
“You used to have to line up the shots to get a panoramic, now you don’t have to,” Adams said. “The camera does it for you.”
For beginners, Ritz offers cameras with a built-in guide. The Nikon D-3000, for example, gives explanations of different settings on the software of the camera.
“A lot of people want to take pictures of christenings or dance recitals, and you can’t use a flash,” Adams said. “You can shoot without the flash (with the right camera) and your pictures look pretty good.”
The best time to shop for cameras is after February, when the manufacturers release all of the new models of cameras for the following year.
Among the wide selection of cameras at Benner’s Camera Shop in Brockton, Mass., the most popular model is the Canon Rebel, which can cost up to $900.
If you’re going to buy, it’s worthwhile to go to a store in person and talk with a professional.
“We can classify you within ten minutes, all you have to do is tell us what you like,” said Bill Benner, owner of Benner’s Camera Shop.
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ISO: Traditionally used as an indicator of sensitivity for film cameras, ISO on modern digital cameras represents the camera’s sensitivity to light. Generally, the darker the scene, the higher the ISO should be set.
Aperture: The aperture, or “f-stop” to the film purists, is the amount of light the lens lets into the camera. This can be adjusted in single-lens reflex cameras. The aperture is fixed for most point-and-shoots.
Image stabilization: This refers to a part of the digital camera, built into the body or the lens, that prevents “camera shake” in pictures.
Digital/optical zoom: Optical zoom refers to the manual zoom on a camera, which is located on the lens. Twisting the lens moves it closer to the subject. Digital zoom is not used by moving the lens, rather it is part of the software of the camera. Most digital cameras – even point-and-shoots – have a form of both.
Continuous photo speed/buffer: Every digital camera has continuous photo speed; the number you set it on is the number of photos you can take per second. The faster the camera’s continuous speed, the more photos you can get per second.
Sources: Digital-slr-guide.com, photoxels.com