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Get the Most of your Camera

Updated on October 31, 2012

Get the most

Some events happen too often everyday that we get used to the routine, but even sometimes we find something different and special on a normal day. Many people like to, and take it as a hobby, record those events that highlight a typical day. One of your children wearing a brand new t-shirt gift from a relative, or your puppy doing a hilarious scene, or a beautiful panorama outside the car’s window as we drive to work.

Being prepared to receive and record those moments completes the perfect memory. Some other people may take photography as a lifetime habit usually carrying a camera nearby ready to action. Others may only take cameras to especial occasions like a college graduation or a birthday party, and some others may even make photography a living.

Price rank: $40-90, capabilities for everyday usage.
For some everyday users, carrying a camera or mobile device capable to record (ex. iPad, iPhone) is a routine, and taking pictures of their kids, their activities, and other events that may come as the day comes to end is not only a pleasant habit but also a joy to edit, print, and collect those memories overtime. When times goes by, their children will have a great infancy full of memories because of the several pictures taken, and will remember how well they got along with parents and friends. below are the cameras i find useful for this purposes:
Vivitar 7.0 Megapixels, and movie mode Price: 39.99
Cannon powerShot 16.0 Megapixels, HD recording, image stabilization Price: 89.99
Panasonic Lumix 14.1 Megapixels, HD recording, and direct printing capacity Price: 89.99
Panasonic Lumix S3 14.1 Megapixels, intelligent auto mode, HD recording Price: 88.99

Price rank: $100-280, capabilities for better stability and prolonged use.
Some other events happen less often or hold a reasonable value for us, like a birthday party, opening Christmas gifts, and spring break vacations. For those occasional activities where having a camera around is common sense, more reliable capabilities are suggested like more battery capacity for long trips and greater storage for several shots. Below are some of the devices I find useful for reliability and performance:
Sony cyber-shot 16.2 Megapixels, 16x optical zoom, full HD movie mode, 3D image and 3D sweep panorama mode Price: 280.00
Cannon Powershot 14.1 Megapixels, digital zoom, 720 HD recording, optimal image stabilization Price: 109.99
Sony W560 Cyber-Shot 14.1 Megapixels, 27x digital zoom, optimal steady-shot image stabilization Price: 109.99
Some other heavy-duty devices I find appealing for more frequent photographers:
Nikon Coolpix 16.0 Megapixels, HD movie mode, GPS electronic compass, waterproof, shockproof, cold resistant Price: 349.99
Nikon Coolpix S8200 16.1 Megapixels, High resolution LCD display, full HD 1080 movie mode, face detection technology Price: 329.00

What to know
The more megapixels the better for image capturing and better resolutions. Devices with detachable memory storage, like SD cards, are recommended since the storage capacity can be upgraded and several memory card can be carried. It is worth paying more for reliability and performance since more featured cameras offer easier ways to retrieve and preserve files, also they offer captures in better resolutions which will keep a good looking image at any printing size. Selecting more featured devices will, overall, pay off since they are more reliable and convenient.

Some devices may empower user with some features like high quality resolution captures or high definition audio recording or instant media upload. Therefore, some accessories are suggested to boos the device to perform beyond its original capabilities. Below are a few recommendations which have a link at the bottom of the article.
5-in-1 card reader and USB for iPad Price: 1.25-5.60
12x Telephoto zoom for iPhone/iPad Price: 28.11-45.29
Wide angle fish eye magnetic or detachable Price: 4.99-25.00
100x zoom microscope for iPhone/iPad Price: 3.50-21.90
Digital microphone for iPhone/iPad/Most audio/video recording devices Price: 1.60-36.12

So far we should know how relevant having a method of collecting memories is. Some events will happen only once in a lifetime and have a meaningful value at the time it is happening but also will keep their importance over time, like a new born first days, first steps and words; or a high School graduation containing all the efforts, emotions, and friends you or your kid had at a younger age; an 18th years old birthday event (which i heard is the best of all birthdays) where a picture of a younger you filled with dreams, goals and ambitions will be hanging in the wall providing motivation and encourage effort every work day. Who you are now is a reflection of the combined events collected over a lifetime, why not then collect them in recorded digital memories? Even some people that we miss today tend to feel closer when there are pictures or writings of them available.
Digital memories keep events, people, and feeling alive for longer over time.


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      Jose Misael Polanco 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Yes, carrying a camera everywhere has become a part of many people's life, but i would also prefer to carry my phone and a few small accessories.

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      Mattew 5 years ago

      I would like to carry a camera everywhere too. But i prefer buying an iphone with those accesories, looks more convenient....besides i heard icloud stores your photos automatically

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      Elias 5 years ago

      Good to know, great wirting :)