Published On: Thu, Dec 7th, 2017

What to Look for in a Digital Camera

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The holiday season is here, which means it is time to do some gadget shopping. There are so many discounts and special offers to use, plus there are a lot of interesting gadgets to pick up in 2017. You can even buy into tech that will be very popular in 2018 early.

Many of you will be buying a digital camera this holiday season. Unfortunately, choosing the digital camera to buy isn’t always easy. There are a lot of factors to consider when searching for a good digital camera to pick up. In this article, we are going to focus on the three things to look for in a digital camera.

The Type of Camera You Need

Always start your search by figuring out what you really need from a digital camera. Do you want the option to change lenses for different purposes? Do you need the camera to be compact enough for traveling? Do you need 4K video recording capability? What other features will you find useful?

You can choose the type of camera to get based on your answers (and specific requirements). Those who need a compact camera with great image quality can look into the pocket and advanced pocket camera categories, with options such as the Sony RX100 V and Panasonic Lumix LX10 being the interesting options to consider.

There are also DSLRs and mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses, prosumers and super-zooms for that extra zoom range, and of course specialty cameras; the latter category includes the likes of Olympus Tough and the GoPro Hero 6, both of which are designed for outdoor use.

The Current System You Use

Buying a new digital camera often means buying additional accessories so that you can use the camera properly. An SD card, a tripod, spare batteries, a camera case, and even extra lenses and filters are among the things you may need to buy as well depending on the camera you’re buying.

A good way to save on your purchase is by sticking with a system you already use. If you are a Canon DSLR user, for instance, you can continue using your favorite lenses by upgrading to the EOS 77D or the 6D Mark II. Switching to another brand or system usually means spending more on accessories.

How Much You Want to Spend

Budget is the second most important factor to take into account when choosing a digital camera. Now that you know the kind of camera you need to get, you can start browsing through the options and searching for the ones that suit you the most.

Aside from online and offline retailers, you also want to search the secondhand market. As we get closer to the holiday shopping season, sites such as Craigslist and Zoomthelist.com are filled with used digital cameras at stunning prices. You may even find capable cameras such as the Sony A6300 for as little as $250; that’s a steal!

As mentioned earlier, there are so many things to consider when buying a digital camera. Looking into these three factors, however, will help you start the search the right way.