You are heading on a holiday, your friend's wedding is coming up and you don't have a compact or SLR digital camera. You have decided that you are going to buy one but when you start looking you find that there are hundreds of different types on the market.
Narrowing down your selection is the first criteria you should be aiming at. Are you going to buy a compact digital camera or spending extra to pick up a professional SLR camera that will create more dynamic and professional photos.
There are a number of points to consider and some homework you should do in order to buy a camera that suits you and the purposes you are looking for to shoot any type of photography.
We have provided a basic checklist that will guide you into selecting a camera that will work for you.
1. Choose the type of Camera – Compact or Digital SLR Camera
Select the type of camera that you are wanting to buy. A compact camera is great for snap shots, travel photography everyday photography that is moderate in quality. If you desire professional photos then you will be looking at a SLR in the Nikon, Canon, Minolta range that will produce excellent photo quality. You may opt to buy both the SLR and the compact for all occasions.
2. Ask Others:
Before you buy a camera, talk to friends ask a professional photographer what they are using and if they are satisfied. Finding information from people actually using the cameras is the best way to find out what you are buying.
Head to the photography forums where you can logon and ask any questions and find
3. Choose the Camera Brand
You have selected the type of camera, your next decision is to choose a brand of camera. Some of the major players include Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Minolta which are very reputable companies. I would recommend Nikon or Canon as the best on the market.
4. Compare Brand Prices
Select the brand, model and type and then find out the average price you should pay for it. Head to Google, run a keyword check "Nikon D300 Price in AUD". This wil bring up many listings which will guide you in the price you should pay for this particular model and type. If buying online, E-bay is reputable but due-diligence is recommended when purchasing anything online.
5. Test drive the Camera
Head to a camera store and test the model you are going to buy. Ensure you stay with the camera you have decided on to avoid you getting further confused with the other models on show. Ask questions in the store for further reviews.
6. Warranty and Return Policy
When buying a camera, a warranty and return policy will be agreed on. Know the guide for your peace and mind.
Finally, you have bought your camera with the basic accessories to get you going. If you are wanting more from your SLR then you can look further by picking up lenses, external flash units, battery grips etc, which requires further research.