buying guide cameras

snapshot: your digital
camera choices.

what else will you need?

Round out your camera purchase with an array of
complementary accessories.

  • digital memory cards.

    Increase your camera's capacity
    and speed.

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  • lenses.

    If you're interested in updating to a DSLR or Compact System Camera, you can choose different lenses based on how you'll use your camera, from portraits to action shots to nature photography. A variety of lens types, such as wide-angle and zoom, offer creative flexibility.

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  • carrying case.

    A quality case will protect your digital camera's fragile components. Extra compartments come in handy for memory cards, a charger or batteries.

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  • batteries.

    Pick up extra model-specific batteries to ensure you always have power for those can't-miss photo moments.

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focus on
photography terms.

  • LCD viewers.

    Sharp, large screens make it a cinch to focus, frame your shot and shoot. Touch-screen versions are extra easy to use.

  • megapixels.

    The higher the megapixel, the higher the level of detail in your photo. A higher-megapixel camera costs more but offers sharper photos.

  • zoom.

    Optical zoom is done using a camera lens, preserving image quality, while digital zoom simply enlarges your shot, possibly affecting your picture.

camcorders.

Capture life's best moments at home or on the go with traditional or pocket camcorders. Choose from high-definition options, optical
zoom and more for star-quality recording.

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shoot like a pro.

zoom in on features.

Cameras come with a wide variety of high-tech features. Here are some to watch out for.

  • exposure modes.

    Exposure modes allow the photographer to set both the aperture (the lens opening) and shutter speed, giving more advanced shooters artistic control of how a camera captures the scene.

  • face detection.

    High-tech sensors guarantee perfect focus on a face. Some cameras even sense a smile or closed eyes.

  • image stabilization.

    Image stabilization helps ensure you take fewer blurry photos. It automatically compensates for slight movements you might make while holding the camera.

  • ISO settings.

    Adjusting ISO is helpful in low light when you want more light without a flash. A higher ISO lets in more natural light, but it can also make a photo more grainy.

  • scene recognition.

    These systems adjust a camera's white balance, exposure and focus before snapping the photo.

  • shooting modes.

    A burst mode lets you take many photos in quick succession. A self-timer mode lets you get in the picture. Check your user manual to learn more about mode options for any scenario you encounter.

  • video.

    New high-quality video capabilities include being able to shoot video at the same time as you're snapping still images.

  • constant live view.

    This feature shows you what your shot will look like with effects like aperture adjustment and other modifiable controls.

  • lens stabilization.

    Stabilization sensors are attached to individual lenses. A camera with this feature can more precisely detect and correct small movements than a camera with image stabilization.