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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Buyer's Guide 2005: At The Camera Counter

A digital camera buyer's checklist

Labels: CamerasBuyers Guide

 

Checklist

Resolution
I want:
• 6 to 8 megapixels (big prints)
• 3 to 5 megapixels (standard prints)

Lens
I want:
• 3x zoom (e.g., 35mm to 105mm equivalent)
• A longer telephoto zoom (5x to 10x)
• A zoom with enhanced wide-angle perspective (e.g., 28mm or wider)
• Optional accessory lenses
• A digital SLR with interchangeable lenses

Size
I want:
An ultracompact camera
• A compromise between size and performance
• Size isn't a concern

LCD
I want:
A large LCD (two inches or greater)
• A swiveling LCD
LCD size isn't critical

Shooting Modes
I want:
• Full manual capability
• A mix of manual and automatic exposure modes
• A veritable smorgasbord of specialized Scene modes

Shutter Lag
I want:
• Minimal lag time for action
Lag time isn't a primary concern

Memory Cards
I want:
• A camera that uses memory cards I already own
• A camera with dual card slots




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