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Get the Picture: Here's How to Choose the Best Digital Camera for Your Needs

Magazine article Black Enterprise

Get the Picture: Here's How to Choose the Best Digital Camera for Your Needs

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ANYONE WHO HAS EVER PORED OVER THE ADS IN THEIR LOCAL PAPER OR whiled away hours online in search of a new camera knows the experience can be mind-numbing. "Just because you have a budget of $600, doesn't mean you need to spend that much to get a good camera," says Lavonne Hall, a professional photographer (www.lavonnehall.com) and digital media/photography teacher at the International Center of Photography (www.icp.org) in New York City.

These basic questions will get you started:

* Do you want to just point and shoot or do you want to become more proficient?

* Do you need something that's compact and easy to carry?

* What kind of subjects are you likely to shoot: portraits, landscapes, action shots, low-light subjects?

* Will you post photos online, view them on a TV, or print images larger than 11x14?

Once you've answered these questions, look at the three basic types of digital cameras: point-and-shoot (P&S), advanced P&S, and digital single-lens reflex (DSLR). A P&S can take high-quality images, but consider an advanced P&S if you are comfortable using camera features and want greater flexibility. If you plan to do extensive image editing, a DSLR is a better option, says Ports Bishop, professional photographer (www.ports bishop.com) and ICP instructor.

Higher megapixels can sometimes mean poorer quality images, especially with P&S cameras. Hall says a P&S of seven to 12 megapixels is more than adequate, noting that it's a good idea to see how much noise a camera produces in various lighting situations and ISO settings. …

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