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How I chose a Digital Camera

Updated on November 21, 2014

We'll probably all have to do this eventually....

When I decided it was time to update our technology to a digital camera I had no idea the can of worms I was opening. Which make? Fuji? Canon? Nikon? Which size of memory? What kind of memory card? What pixel size? All things I had to research.

I decided the first digital camera we would road test would be a Fuji and I would buy it for my husband's Christmas. That way he would not complain if a) it was a terrible idea or b) I picked one he wouldn't have bought in a million years. As it was he was thrilled and it was worth all the hours of searching on the internet, reading reviews and quizzing colleagues on various models. Just as a fall back though, I made sure we still had film for our trusty film workhorse. With two small children a camera was never far from our fingertips as we didn't want to miss a one in a million moment.

Two years down the line and technology had moved on so quickly it was time to upgrade our trusty Fuji with a second more advanced camera. Many more hours searching on the internet led to me buying a less chunky Fuji. Again I bought it for my husband's Christmas knowing that it would be straight out of the box and focusing on our two wonderful children with joy and glee on their faces as they unwrapped presents from Father Christmas. It was also perfect for fitting the top pockets of casual shirts and it went everywhere with us.

We were always impressed with the quality from our digital cameras and were able to rationalise our photographs to such an extent that we started using photobooks. The photobooks were completed in January for the previous year and were a joy to leaf through, handy to take to show family and were narrow enough to stop my husband "nagging" at me because they took up so much room on the bookshelves.

We were happy with our little Fuji for a few years before we decided we needed a camera with a optical zoom lens. Yes, we went with another Fuji. This time we bought an E900 which was great as the children were no longer glued to our sides and able to go off on little adventures by themselves. We managed to capture wonderful photographs of sports days, the children having fun without feeling as if we were watching them, all through the joy of optical zoom.

Bang up to date and I decided to buy my husband a digital SLR. Do you see the pattern developing here? He's a difficult man to buy for, as he asks for and expects nothing, and I thought if I bought a digital SLR camera it might turn into a little hobby for him and the next few years could be made easy on the gift front as I could continually buy accessories for the camera.

This time after much research and browsing websites, I moved from the Fuji brand and bought him a Nikon D90 with a great Nikon carry case. Was he thrilled, you bet he was. He was like a puppy with a new chew toy as he clicked at everything that moved, and a lot that didn't move. The Nikon D90 is a lovely piece of kit. It's easy enough for the children to use but then it's so much more for someone who knows what they want to do. My husband is thrilled with the results and we now have so many sunset photographs we could make a book out of them. But it hasn't stopped there. Christmas presents have included a new flashlight, with the results creating much ooing and aahing from the family, and software to enhance photographs and create a professional look.

All in all we have loved our progress into digital photography. We have long since ditched the film camera and are well and truly in the digital age.

Nikon D90

I now own a NIKON D90 and highly recommend it. Take a look at the Amazon link below for current prices and notice the very high 5* rating the D90 receives from happy customers

I can certainly recommend the D90

It is a superb Camera. Take the leap into taking better photographs

Edinburgh Grassmarket

Edinburgh Grassmarket.  My picture with a Nikon D90
Edinburgh Grassmarket. My picture with a Nikon D90

One of my picture on my first outings with my new Nikon D90, on a visit to Edinburgh. I was particularly pleased by the cameras Black and White settings.

Taken on one of our trips to Disney World - With my NIKON D90

Disney World Florida NIKON D90
Disney World Florida NIKON D90

No shortage of good prices for good accessories

Loch Ness - Scotland - My Picture of Loch Ness

The versatility of settings on a Digital Camera will suit your creativity

Nothing Like A Video to give a good detailed impression. This is good!

Dont Forget To Keep Your Precious Camera Protected

These cases are specifically for the NIKON D90, but use the SEARCH below to find a specific case for your Camera

Spotlight Review on NIKON D90

The NIKON D90 is a superb way of leaping into the DSLR world without having to step through the ranks of disapointment with lower spec models before deciding that you really wanted this type of performance right away. Equally sufficient to say that the D90 also is excellent to stick with and avoid the expense of higher spec cameras. A great all rounder which you will not be disapointed with.

My Birthday Roses

I couldn't resist taking a picture of my birthday roses. I used the D90s macro settings for the first time.

Thank you for visiting my lens, your comments are appreciated

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      I have recently bought myself a new camera - a Canon SX 500IS - a bridge camera which is small and compact enough to be carried easily in its case on the belt of my rucksack when I go hillwalking. It still has enough features (including a 120x telephoto lens) to give excellent results.

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      shatabdi85 3 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      BodyHairRemoval 3 years ago

      I've been meaning to get a new digital. Thanks for sharing!

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      Cara 3 years ago

      @alexia-britannica: Thank you.

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      alexia-britannica 3 years ago

      Hm, nice one

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Great lens and beautiful pictures.

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      Cara 3 years ago

      @ElizabethSheppard: Thank you.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 3 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      Your Loch Ness picture is terrific! Thanks for this very interesting lens.

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      Justin 3 years ago from Slovenija

      You are right, can't do without a digital camera anymore.

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      Edith Rose 3 years ago from Canada

      Good information on Nikon D90. I am not sure if I am ready to go DSLR yet,

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      Jimmy J Oliver 3 years ago

      Nice Lens Cara, I have a Canon PowerShot SX 150 Digital Camera, love its simplicity, does what it says on the box - point and shoot!

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      Cara 3 years ago

      @dogface lm: Thank you. I'm still at the stage of trying to be happy with about 10% of my photographs!

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      dogface lm 3 years ago

      I think that getting a great camera *lens* and okay-ish camera *body* is better than vice versa (great camera body and poor camera lens).

      A year ago I bought my first DSLR, Canon EOS 1100D (EOS Rebel T3). I chose Canon because my friend uses Canon as well. I also recently got the "nifty fifty" (50mm f/1.8) lens, which I can't recommend enough. There's a similar 50mm lens for Nikon camera bodies as well, you should definitely take a look at it. :)

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      Cara 3 years ago

      @SassyGie: Thank you for you comment. I like the personal touch. Plenty enough dry technical data out there.

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      Cara 3 years ago

      @stylishimo1: Impressive. I'm in awe of folk who continue to use wet-film SLRs yet like the convenience of a point and shot digital bridge camera. Keeping it real! Thank you for your comment. Happy creative developing.

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      stylishimo1 3 years ago

      I have an old Nikon SLR, not digital, and it's the best camera ever. I would definitely go with Nikon if I wanted a digital SLR.

      Because I wanted to keep using my old fashioned SLR, when I bought a new camera I bought a cross between an SLR and point and shoot (I chose a fuji finepix). You can set everything yourself, but there is just one lens. It's pretty good for macro shots although it decides the depth of focus (very annoying), I really miss having changable lenses and my old nikon is getting so expenisive in regards to slide film and processing.

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      SassyGie 3 years ago

      A very personal take on what is otherwise a very technical subject! ;)

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      getupandgrow 4 years ago

      I love your angle on this lens-personal rather than going into all the technicalities and intricacies. And I sympathise with you on the matter of buying gifts for a husband who "asks for nothing and expects nothing". Great lens-thanks!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @katlovestrouble: Thank you.

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      katlovestrouble 4 years ago

      Wow, you have some beautiful pictures. I especially loved the Loch Ness one. I also learned some new stuff regarding cameras. Great lens!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      I also don't know much about digital cameras. Thank you for sharing. Here is a place

      to check out when I do need one someday. : D

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @JohnCumbow: Thank you. I really enjoy taking photographs, although I'm very critical of my own work.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos and excellent lens.

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      JohnCumbow 4 years ago

      Great photos! I bought myself a new digital SLR last fall, and I love it. I decided on the Canon T3, and added a 250mm telephoto lens. I did consider a Nikon, but found the Canon more friendly to my budget.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @SteveKaye: Thank you, that comment from you is one I appreciate!

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Loretta L: Thank you, I obviously don't get roses often enough!

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      I'm thinking of getting a new digital camera, so this is a really helpful lens. I especially love the photo of your birthday rose. Like your husband, I take quite a lot of photos, which I use to illustrate my lenses and my books. So for me, right now, this is a really interesting and helpful lens. Thank you.

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      mistaben 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge on choosing a digital camera =)

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @MifuneGoon: You're welcome. Happy clicking.

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      MifuneGoon 4 years ago

      A very helpful lens. I've got to get a new camera now, in fact. This helps me narrow down my options. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      bornagain16 4 years ago

      an amazing and a really useful lens . really good.

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      shawnhi77 lm 4 years ago

      Really nice lens. Great information on choosing a camera

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      Cara 4 years ago

      @Art Inspired: I'm still discovering new techniques with it.

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      I love the Nikon D90. It is a wonderful camera.

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      OliviaQ 5 years ago

      this useful information for guide who want to buy a digital camera. this awesome

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Fantastic guide! Thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for sharing useful information. nicely done.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @ajgodinho: Thank you, your comments are very kind.

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      Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for sharing your experience with various cameras. Nowadays technology is advancing so fast that it's sometimes difficult to keep up. Great pictures, by the way!

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      MrMojo01 5 years ago

      Nice lens, nowadays I just use my iPhone camera.

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      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      I got a Nikon D90 a few years ago, and absolutely love it. It's a great camera for those wanting to upgrade to something more professional.

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @cmacleod lm: Ah! You made me laugh. It's one of these ongoing debates, isn't it. What do the people who have both say?

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      cmacleod lm 5 years ago

      The canon is angry with you for your sins against it! No, but nice lens :)

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      Cara 5 years ago

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you. It's can be difficult just to take that leap.

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      lesliesinclair 5 years ago

      It's nice for you to share the thought process - it'll help others.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice lens, lots of useful information.