Shopping for a digital camera can be really difficult if you don’t know what to look for. Luckily, most digital cameras are built with the same main features in mind. When shopping for a camera, all you need to do is decide what features are important to you.
Digital photographs are made up of thousands of tiny dots called pixels. In general, the more dots you have in your photo, the higher the resolution and quality of your picture. 1 megapixel equals one million pixels. So, a 1 megapixel photograph would have 1 million tiny dots making it up. Back in the early days of photography, 1 megapixel was a fairly decent resolution. Today, you can purchase cameras with resolutions of 40-megapixels or more. The average camera typically offers something along the lines of 10-20 megapixels.
The more megapixels you have, the larger the photo you’ll be able to print out. For instance, a 1-megapixel photo is really only a high enough resolution for a small photo online. When you bump up to a 3-megapixel camera, you get a quality good enough to print a 5 x 7 photograph. A 36-megapixel camera can do something like 24 x 16 at a good quality.
When you try to print something larger than the camera allows, or crop out a small piece of a photo and enlarge it more than its resolution allows, then you’ll essentially be enlarging the individual pixels on the screen. That can lead to photos that look pixelated or blurry, for instance, when taking Mobile Legends Layla‘s cosplay photo, try to capture in high resolution to avoid any distorted images.
Digital cameras have two different kinds of zoom: optical and digital. Optical zoom is the type of zoom most people think of when they think of a camera’s zoom. It refers to when the lens does the heavy lifting, typically moving in and out from your camera. When you attach a zoom lens to your DSLR and turn it to get closer to a subject, that’s optical zoom.
Digital zoom is a little trickier. With a good strategy in Clash Royale and digital zoom, the camera enlarges the individual pixels in an image. While it might look like you’re getting closer to something, what you’re really doing is blowing the picture up. That means that just like with a low megapixel camera, you might end up with photos that look blurry or pixelated.
Know Your Storage
Before you buy a digital camera you’ll also want to pay attention to what type of storage it takes. most digital cameras use SD (secure digital) cards to store photos, however, there are still a few out there that use Compact Flash or other types of memory. Know what kind of storage your camera takes, and what the maximum size of that particular card is. Is that going to be enough to hold all your photos and still able to play Subway Surfers?
Some cameras also have WiFi capabilities. With those, you’ll be able to instantly transfer your shots to your smartphone where you can share them with friends via email or on social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
Sandy is a part-time journalist and volunteer at the Rockies. She is a full-time photographer, always on the lookout for more ways to see life.