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Top Cheap Compact Digital Camera With Flip Out Screen Systems for 2013 - 2014

Updated on December 31, 2013
The Panasonic LUMIX GX7 is very affordable and has all of the qualities you will need in a compact camera.
The Panasonic LUMIX GX7 is very affordable and has all of the qualities you will need in a compact camera.

When you look at the world of camera technology, you can’t help but be amazed at how far we have come.

The bulky cameras of yesteryear are gone.

The days of having to take your film into a local store are a thing of the past.

These two aspects of the photography field are still in play, but only in the world of film aficionados.

Everyone else is reaching for all of their mobile devices and taking pictures like there’s no tomorrow. The main by-product of the technological boom among cameras is the amount of pictures that are taken for granted.

In the past, you had to take your film into the store and obtain your photos after a small period of waiting. Both the film and the pictures constituted tangible items that you had to deal with as a result of the picture taking process.

Each roll of film only allowed you to take a certain number of pictures. You had to make each one of them count. Now, everything is different. Some people never take their computers from their digital state and print them out. They’re fine with posting them to their social media profile and then going about their business.

Sony NEX-7 24.3 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera with 18-55mm Lens
Sony NEX-7 24.3 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera with 18-55mm Lens

How to Use Cameras with Social Media

While the world of social media has given anyone who takes photos a platform to share their images with whoever they want, it also continues the pattern of disposable imagery.

We have all come across someone’s social media profile that’s decked out with hundreds of images.

Some of these pictures have comments on them, but the amount of comments that are posted has a tendency to plummet once new pictures are uploaded.

It’s better to limit the amount of pictures that you take so you have the opportunity to cherish them that much more.

We will live in a time period where photo albums have become extinct. There’s nothing wrong with that evolution as long as the users of these new cameras are satisfied with the products their given. It seems like every device that’s mobile in nature has a camera built-in.

Some of these devices even have two cameras, one on the front and another on the back of the device. The resolution that you can get from a smartphone’s camera is astounding when you consider the size of the device in question. You should never discount the value of a good digital camera though.

What Kind of Camera do You Prefer?

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Canon EOS M 18.0 MP Compact Systems Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-M 22mm STM Lens
Canon EOS M 18.0 MP Compact Systems Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-M 22mm STM Lens

How to Choose a Compact Camera?

We’re all inclined to choose devices that are capable of running every aspect of their lives.

While this is good in many respects, it tends to distract from the ultimate purpose of photography.

You should select a device that will allow you to take high resolution photographs while also giving you the necessary tools to turn your images into polished masterpieces.

This description can be applied to every single device under the sun, whether it’s something that’s capable of taking pictures or not.You have the option to easily edit a photograph without having to take a series of Adobe classes.

Backing Up Pictures is Essential

It doesn’t matter if you keep your pictures on the device that you took them with, upload them to your social media profiles, or store them on your computer. You have to find some way to back up every picture that you take.

Any device, regardless of its purpose, has the tendency to breakdown when you least expect it. If your pictures aren’t protected, they will be lost along with the rest of your files. The same goes for the websites on which you decide to share your images.

How Much Privacy Do You Need?

Every image sharing website has its share of privacy concerns. If someone wants to get their hands on your images, they will do it. This fact doesn’t mean that you should avoid sharing images online whatsoever.

You could have relatives that live someone else in the country or world that would never see your pictures unless you shared them in this fashion. You need to mitigate the privacy concerns by having your images saved in more than one location.

Their storage location needs to be separated from the hard drive of the device in question. Once a device is compromised, everything that’s attached to it will be subjected to the onslaught as well.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Compact System Camera with 16MP and 3-Inch LCD
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Compact System Camera with 16MP and 3-Inch LCD

Understanding Resolution and How Much You Need

The resolution of a camera is measured by megapixels. One megapixel converts to one million regular pixels.

This level of visual excellence makes it difficult to see any pixels when you look at an image with the naked eye.

You have to find a camera with a high amount of megapixels that’s able to handle that kind of resolution.

Some cameras say that they can take pictures at a certain resolution level when really setting that camera at that level stretches its capabilities beyond the breaking point. Your camera needs to be able to handle whatever you decide to throw at it.

Sony a7R Full-Frame 36.3 MP Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera
Sony a7R Full-Frame 36.3 MP Interchangeable Digital Lens Camera

Do You Need a New Camera?

Your camera has the potential to take amazing images for as long as you own it. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with the same camera for a long period of time.

Any new camera that comes out will only be slightly different than the one that you purchased. Some of the new features that are offered with these cameras only appeal to the most experienced users.

The average user should not look too far beyond the resolution level of the camera. Since this device will serve such an important purpose, it’s wise to make an investment in it. That being said, the amount of money you spend on your camera isn’t a guarantee that the camera you’re buying is quality.

You should be willing to stick your neck out there and shell out a little more money if it means that you will have a camera that’s going to stick with you for a long time to come.

There are features like image stabilization and auto focus that make the camera user’s job even easier. Your camera should make taking images the most effortless process possible without bogging you down with too many extraneous features.

5 stars for Panasonic LUMIX GX7 16.0 MP DSLM Camera

© 2013 James Richton

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