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Fastest Cheap Point & Shoot Digital Cameras Under $100, $150 & $200

Updated on December 5, 2013
Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 12MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD
Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 12MP Digital Camera with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3-Inch LCD

Choosing a Camera that Meets Your Personality

I really like using my phone camera because it's easy and convenient.

I personally think that it's essential to have a digital camera also.

I think that it depends what you are doing but there are times you will need both.

The world of cameras has progressed so much that it’s astounding.

You no longer have to wait for your film to be developed or deal with the bulky cameras of yesteryear. The modern cameras are so small and efficient that you can take them anywhere.

You almost don’t need any equipment to go along with them. All you have to do is have a memory card locked and loaded with the right cord to connect the camera to the computer.

When you buy your camera of choice, it will come with all of the necessary equipment. Sometimes you might have to install a piece of software on your machine, but it’s not that common of an occurrence.

Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom with 3-Inch LCD
Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Zoom with 3-Inch LCD

How Much Space Do You Need?

When it comes down to storing your photos, you will probably need more space than you think.

Photos don't take up a whole bunch of space but over time you will have a lot of pictures and it will take up a ridiculous amount of space.

I have a whole entire hard drive for all of my pictures. I have only fill about 1TB but I know that I will fill the whole hard drive up shortly.

Another thing you consider is the name of your files. I was recently trying to transfer photos from my computer to my hard drive and I could only do a couple a time because I would have to change the file names to be able to transfer all of them. Don't run into the same problem.

Are you sure you have enough space?

You should reserve a large amount of space on your hard drive for the purpose of storing photos. The space that each photo takes up depends on what resolution you have your camera set at when you take them.

The higher the resolution, the larger the file size for each individual picture. If you’re someone who takes a lot of pictures, you should invest in some sort of removable media.

These devices will allow for your photos to remain portable. A lot of people put then on USB thumb drives, which make it possible to move them from computer to computer seamlessly.

Once you have your stockpile of pictures in place, you have to put some thought into backing them up. Whether we want to admit it or not, all devices have the potential to crash, sending all of the files on them into the digital abyss in the process.

As soon as you come up with how you want to back up your files, you will be able to rest easy knowing that they are going to be there after you system has crash. It’s wise to set it up so all your photos are backed up automatically.

Should I stick with the camera on my phone or buy a digital camera?

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Nikon COOLPIX S3500 20.1 MP Digital Camera with 7x Zoom
Nikon COOLPIX S3500 20.1 MP Digital Camera with 7x Zoom

Knowing How to Protect You Photos

One of the biggest troubles that I have had in the past is having a place to store all of my photos.

I recently lost all of my photos because I lost my memory card.

I think that everyone needs to have a external hard drive or some sort of storage device.

I wouldn't put them on your computer because it could crash and you could lose everything.

You might feel tempted to back up your photos in another location on your computer. This approach won’t do anything to protect your photos in the event of a system crash.

Is backing your photos up essential?

You have to back them up to an external location or they will go down with the rest of the files when everything is said and done.

Your external location must be separated from the main hard drive of your device at any given time. External devices attached to systems that are compromised tend to show the same effects once a system crash begins.

The main problem that stems from someone taking pictures with their digital camera is the tendency to take a bunch of pictures and then store them onto a hard drive or website forever.

With film cameras, we were forced to get a physical representation of the photos that we took or else we wouldn’t have anything to show for the events that we tried to immortalize. The same can’t be said for people who use digital cameras. Certain digital camera users have memory cards that are so large that they never have to remove any photos from them.

Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD
Canon PowerShot A2500 16MP Digital Camera with 5x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 2.7-Inch LCD

Should You be Concerned about Sharing Photos?

Sharing your pictures on the internet is something that should be done with a considerable amount of forethought.

You never know who’s going to be looking at your photos.

How important is your privacy?

In a perfect world, the privacy settings that these websites offer would protect the photos in question from being compromised.

There’s a group of people with ill intentions who know how to get past these settings and see whatever they want. Before you post a picture, you have to wonder if you would want some of the more conservative people in your life to see it.

Nikon COOLPIX L820 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video
Nikon COOLPIX L820 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video

Finding the Right Resolution for Your Pictures

The resolution of a camera is determined by the term megapixels.

This term is used to describe a unit of measurement that represents one million pixels.

In the case of a camera that has 24 megapixels, you’re able to take pictures that have 24 million pixels in them.

The pictures that are taken at the highest resolution also take up the most space. This term also signifies the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays.

Don't always believe what you see.

Beware of any manufacturer that advertises a product with a certain number of megapixels when really you are forced to rig the settings at particular levels to make it work correctly.

SmartPhone Cameras vs Digital Cameras

While there are many digital cameras out there today, certain people have focused more on the use of their cell phone cameras than anything else.

The higher level smart phones are capable of taking pictures that are truly outstanding.

You might sacrifice some resolution along the way, but in return, you will receive the ability to send pictures to anyone you want right after you take them. Smart phones also have the ability to post pictures directly to the internet once they have been taken.

Send Your Photos with Your Camera

There are digital cameras on the market today that come with the option to send your photos anywhere you want. It will take you longer to post a higher resolution picture, which is why people do it with a smart phone instead.

The quality of the pictures that you can take with a digital camera is reason enough to purchase one in the first place. You will be able to impress anyone who’s lucky enough to see your images with the quality that you’re consistently able to produce.

5 stars for Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 12MP Digital Camera

Additional Features You Need

You should look into additional features like auto focus and image stabilization.

It’s challenging to take pictures in settings where there’s a lot of movement.

Cameras with these two features built-in will allow you to take pictures without them coming out distorted.

With digital cameras, you can look at the pictures after you have taken them to determine whether they are worth keeping.

If you need to take the pictures over again, you can do so right away. Auto focus and image stabilization will limit the amount of bad pictures you will take.

Your camera will automatically center on the target of the picture and focus your image, allowing you to take the best possible shot.

© 2013 James Richton

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