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Which Digital Camera is Right for Me?

Updated on April 3, 2015

....which Digital Camera Is Best for You?

So you want to buy a digital camera, but you don't know, what camera is going to be right for you? Are you confused by the options of cameras available? Can I achieve great photos from a small compact point and shootcamera or do i need a fancy Digital SLR?

Today's cameras come packed with all kinds of wonderful technology in a little package, to help you take the perfect picture. But which one?

On this page, I am going to give you a quick guide to digital cameras and show you how unconfusing picking a camera is! an easy explanation of terms you are presented with, so you can make an informed decision about the perfect camera for you.

Also proving you do not need to be a tech whizz to achieve stunning pictures, as digital cameras have revolutionised picture taking, giving us all the tools we need to take fabulous creative images at the touch of a button!

So lets find out what digital camera is best for you.

Do you want an easy to work Point and Shoot or an all dancing bells and whistles Digital SLRs

The camera shown in the picture is a DSLR nikon. Which is on my wish list!

Easy to use point and shoot camera- stunning pictures easily
Easy to use point and shoot camera- stunning pictures easily

What Digital Camera to buy?

what to look for in a digital camera

Before you buy your camera you need to work out what you want it for? Is it for taking family pictures, is it just to carry around in your handbag. Is it to take pictures of sporting events. Is it for close ups? All cameras have several modes, and some do things better than others. some just have an on off button, others will usually have selections, such as Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close-up or Night Portrait for stunning results in otherwise challenging conditions. Do you want inbuilt editing features? continuous picture taking options? (great for moving targets!)

So once you work out exactly what you want to take pictures of then start to understand some of the more comonly used terminology. This is where people get confused, however lets bust those myths...that only professionals can have the fancy cameras.

Yes, You and I can have an all dancing singing camera and take awesome pictures too!

Read on through for an easy to understand guide to those features that you don't understand but really should, to get the best camera for you! and for you to get the best from your camera.

Picture Credit: Point and Shoot Digital Camera Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera with Full 1080p HD Video (Silver)

Image taken by my Nikon DSLR
Image taken by my Nikon DSLR | Source

Point and Shoot compact Digital cameras

What digital Camera?

What to look for when choosing your point and shoot camera! for capturing those cute moments quick!

All compact point and shoot digital camears usually come with camera strap, instruction manual or disc, and battery - You will need to buy a memorey card!

Optical Zoom zoom in closer without losing quality the higher number the zoom, the closer you can get to your subject without losing picture quality

Wide angle lens enables you to take breathtaking landscapes or large group photos without the need to walk backwards!

Movie Capture allows you to capture video clips

Mega pixels A higher number of megapixels capture more details in your photos

LCD view screen Larger screens at the rear make it easier to frame and view your pictures,

face detection for taking sharp quality portraits, focus on the faces in your shot not the backgroun, the number of faces the camera can detect wil be on the camera

Format, Memory cards will come in various formats so check which type our camera uses before you buy

Anti-Blur Optical anti blur give better results than digital but a combination of both is best.

Max ISO how sensitive the camera is to light. A high ISO setting lets you take photos in dull light.

Photo Credit:View of the Loch by LisaAuchUK

Point and shoot digital Camera Guide

You can achieve stunning affects with a point and shoot camera, whether you are chossing the pocket size or the larger DSLRs. this is a great guid to give you help and ideas on how to tget the best from those point and shoot moments

A quick guide to Digital SLR

what digital Camera.....

DSLR means Digital Single Lens Reflex. When you look through the viewfinder of your camera, you are actually looking right through the lens. What you see is what you get. This is different than most compact cameras which show you a view through a plastic window that is offset from the actual lens.

I have the nikon Dx40 however they have a newer version available Nikon D3100

but I really want the nikon D1500

I was given my digital SLR camera as a surprise Christmas Present, to be honest, I wanted one, I love taking photos, I always had a compact digital camera in my bag!

But like most was a bit frightened of all the buttons. I thought they were too complicated and did not know how to use one. I thought these Digital SLRs were just for the professionals, but how wrong was I.

As time goes on the more I use it I even surprise myself as my skills improve and watch as my creative talent unfolds. Moving away from the "manual settings" and trying out different features. But I could use My DSLR straight out the box, and still get stunning pictures.

This picture really was a point and shoot. (It has been made smaller to protect its copyright, as it is one of my bestselling pictures!)

LCD screen - make it easier to review your pictures

Line View Lets you frame your picture using the LCD screen rther than using the view finder

Frame/second Higher number means quicker continuous shooting, ideal for fast moving sports

Format type of memory card used in the camera

Weght lighter cameras are more comfortable to hold for longer periods of time

Lens included Shows which lens comes with the camera, allowing you to start taking photos straight away

Lenses available The total number of lenses available to fit that camera

Close up of Flower was taken using my Sony Cybershot Point and shoot
Close up of Flower was taken using my Sony Cybershot Point and shoot

What Digital Camera - What does Resolution mean?

Higher resolution=more detail in picture

Digital photos are made up of millions of tiny dots, referred to as Mega Pixels (MP) Resolution refers to the number of pixels in an image. the higher number the Mega pixels then the more detail the camera will capture.

If you are looking to take good close up pictures and crop parts of the photos then a high mega pixel camera will give you the best results when it comes to printing.

Note: The more mega pixels captured by the camera the more space it uses on the memory card!

The Pink Rose picture shown here was taken by myself at a local flower show, of one of the winning blooms, using my Nikon Dx40 which gives me exceptional image quality which is made possible by a high resolution, 10.2-effective megapixel and allows for creative picture cropping freedom without loss of picture quality and delivers the ability to make enlargements of extraordinary size.

Picture Credit:Pretty in Pink by LisaAuch

Settings include macro settings to achieve beautiful close ups
Settings include macro settings to achieve beautiful close ups

What digital camera - Zoom options

Optical and digital zoom

Zoom options allow you to get closer to the subject. Two types of zoom, Optical and Digital

Optical zoom, means you have zoomed in on the subject using the lens, so the image you are taking is exactly what the lens is seeing.

Digital zoom means you have electronically enlarged the picture, this will result in loss of picture quality. (once I have taken the picture I can use the feature to zoom in)

Like this photo a flower in bloom. which was taken and then I zoomed in whilst editing to capture the look I wanted.

Picture Credit: Love ME by LisaAuch

Stunning night time pictures without Flash!
Stunning night time pictures without Flash! | Source

What Digital Camera- what does ISO mean?

iSO range refers to the cameras light sensitivity. the camera is reliant on the amount of available light to capture the image.

if the light is low then the sensor in the camer can be djusted to be more sensetive nd vice versa. ISO can typically range from 100 (low sensitivity) to 32000 (high sensitivity)

Photographers will often increase the ISO - this is usually pre-set on most cameras, and only when you get to a level of competence do you need to worry about this!

Quick explanation: When it starts getting darker rather than use a flash. Have you ever taken a picture at night time and its turned out blurry? This is because the shutter has had to stay open collecting more light to make the picture, (without turning on the flash) and then either camera shakes or subject moves = blurry picture....well this is where ISO comes in, it means you can increase the shutter speed so that your all your photos don't look blurry meaning an increase in the ISO makes the sensor absorb light FASTER, the shutter doesn't have to stay open for such long periods of time.

Clear photos even in dim light - without using a flash.

I also found this amazing, A-Z terminology buster for budding photographers

Picture Credit:

Understanding Appeture need not be difficult
Understanding Appeture need not be difficult

What is Apperture

What digital camera

Apperture can be used to blur the background or bring both foreground and background into focus.

To me this was a revelation into reative picture taking so I will direct you to a great Digital photography course here where you can learn some more about apperture.

What digital Camera is for you

I keep a couple of small point and shoot cameras with me, in the car, in my handbag, always prepared. But I just love my DSLR.

This Really Is My Ultimate Toy

Nikon D3300 DX-format DSLR Kit w/ 18-55mm DX VR II & 55-200mm DX VR II Zoom Lenses and Case (Black)
Nikon D3300 DX-format DSLR Kit w/ 18-55mm DX VR II & 55-200mm DX VR II Zoom Lenses and Case (Black)

not only does this take high quality pictures with the simple click of a button, but also takes high quality videos with sound.


Has this helped you decide? Which Camera do you choose

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What digital cameras - ....can help you do with your photos?

I love my camera, not only is is so easy to use, and not technical like I first thought, but my hobby has turned into an online business for me too! i have my own print on demand shops in the US and UK.

© 2011 Lisa Auch

What Digital Camera Will You Be Choosing?

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      5 years ago

      Cheers to the author for giving me some solid ideas through this lens. Thanks

    • marvmac profile image


      5 years ago

      Very informative lens

    • centralplexus profile image


      5 years ago

      Great lens, packed with info and very well written. My newest addition to my camera collection (photography is my second best hobby next to polymer clay) is Fujifilm SL1000, which is actually a bridge camera (in between DSLR and compact) with an incredible zoom of 50x! It's amazing!

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      5 years ago

      Good Information, I have a Sony Cyber-shot, great for outdoor sunny photos and automatically turns off to save battery life =)

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      barryk lm 

      5 years ago

      Very nice lens. I am currently using a Canon EOS XSi (borrowed-my son's) and love it. Just learning how to use a dslr camera and finding it relatively easy. I'm looking to purchase my own digital, but a somewhat lower priced camera. The CANON EOS REBEL T3 12.2 MP CMOS DIGITAL SLR is the one that has caught my eye, based on the reviews,its features, and price.

    • LisaAuch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Auch 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      @TonyPayne: good tips on the sony! my brother had a Sony and loved it, and would not swap for anything!

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      Tony Payne 

      6 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I would really love a DSLR but just can't afford it unfortunately. I am on my 2nd Canon Powershot and I love them. So easy to use, intuitive, and the picture quality is everything that you would expect from Canon. My model (A210) has a swivel screen, so you can shoot up high, down low, even take photos of yourself (and partner) very easily. Beware of some cameras (like Sony for example) that use propriety memory cards. These might need a special card reader to download to your computer.

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      6 years ago

      Simple steps on "how to " for a digital camera, which is less complex and user friendly.

    • WilliamPower profile image


      6 years ago

      I only have an old camera.

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      7 years ago

      I have a point and shoot that goes with me everywhere and a canon G11 that I take for special events or while travelling.

    • wcjohnston profile image


      7 years ago

      for me its the canon 5D Mk ii

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      7 years ago

      A simple, uncomplicated guide to picking out a digital camera, how nice...whew!

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      7 years ago

      I love, love, love my Canon Powershot s95! It's got a great low-light mode that's perfect for taking artistic shots (especially good for lens intro images!) The resolution is high, and the quality is great. And the size is small enough so that I bring it pretty much everywhere. It would be nice to have more DSLR features (it does have some), but I think the size of a DSLR would deter me from carrying it around, and you never know when you're going to get that perfect pic! I will definitely, at some point, invest in a DSLR for those "extra-special" photos.

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      7 years ago

      I have both, a simple Kodak point & shoot camera and a Canon SLR camera. The smaller camera is handy for simple projects and for days when I don't feel like walking around with a heavy SLR camera on my neck. The SLR camera is more fun to play with and I love using it for Family photos :)

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      7 years ago

      Good Information it can help me in decision to buy what camera

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      7 years ago

      Good info, won't be long now...

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      7 years ago

      Nicely done Lisa. I have Nikon D3000. I'm happy with it.

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      nightbear lm 

      7 years ago

      I am a point and shoot girl. I have a really nice Canon, I never could get the hang of the really nice "got to know what you are doing" cameras. lol, Great lens Lisa!!

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      rewards4life info 

      7 years ago

      Excellent lens and the info. I'm using old point and shoot at the moment, but planning an upgrade really soon. I think I'd pick one of the DSLR Cannons.

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      7 years ago

      Love this lens! I have both kinds. My SLR is a Nikon D3100 which I use for my flower photography using the macro setting or a low aperature. Blessing this lens!

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      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm loving my Canon Powershot SX20 IS for the zoom it gives me to capture wildlife photos. The smaller Canon Powershot A550 is my trusty camera for photo walks as it fits in my pocket and takes great macros.


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