Despite living in an age where social media and image sharing are at their absolute peak, sales for digital cameras have actually seen a slump recently.
The reason for this unexpected decline has come in the form of smartphones, with some people opting not to go to the expense of a separate camera when their already expensive phone has one built-in. These same people however admitted that the quality of images taken on a smartphone simply cannot compete with a digital camera and so being able to buy a good quality camera for a great price would certainly appeal to many people. Fortunately, it is possible.
- Decide what you need: It is true that some cameras are very expensive but these ones typically offer an extensive range of extras and features that are targeted more at a professional photographer, meaning you could save a lot of money by opting for a simpler model. Decide what sort of images you intend to take with your camera and look within the range that is right for your needs as well as for your budget.
- Don’t get caught up on megapixels: Almost all cameras these days will be produced with enough megapixels to take high quality images, meaning you don’t need to go for the highest number you can find. Not only will this drive up the price but picture files will be huge and require a lot of space to store them on your computer.
- Remember the extras: It’s rare that you buy a camera and that will be the end of it. Cases, memory cards, tripods, extra batteries and any other accessories you intend to buy should all be factored into the overall cost so you ensure you budget correctly.
- Check existing equipment: Many digital camera accessories are compatible with various models so be sure to check your memory cards, lenses etc. before you buy any equipment you later find you didn’t need.
- Be brand aware: Opting for a well-known brand is a good way to ensure quality and reliability but it also costs money. Lesser known brands can be just as good, meaning you could get a camera with all the same features for a greatly reduced price.
- Shop around: When you think you have found the one you want, it can be easy to become fixated on it and ignore all others but there are so many digital cameras out there that it never hurts to look around and make sure you haven’t missed a better offer or at least to check if the camera you want is cheaper elsewhere than buying direct from the manufacturer.
- Check reviews: Retailers and manufacturers have a knack for making their products sound great but it is the consumers’ opinions you should really value. Look online or ask around to fellow camera enthusiasts to make sure your desired model is worth the expense.
Try it: The best way to be sure you are going to buy the right camera is to have some hands-on experience with it. Whether borrowing the same model from a friend or visiting the store and asking a member of staff if you can test it; get a feel for the quality and try out the features to put your mind at ease in knowing you are getting the best camera for your money when the time comes for the final purchase.