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Chapter 2. Inside a Digital Camera >  Selecting a Digital Camera

Selecting a Digital Camera

For the serious photographer, buying a camera can be a major undertaking. The point-and-shoot set may purchase a camera based on one or two marginally relevant characteristics, such as whether the camera is small enough to tuck into a pocket, or whether it has 2 or 3 megapixels of resolution. You know the type: they want a camera that takes “sharp, clear” pictures and don’t care about much else. Because they just want snapshots, evaluating camera features in depth is just not worth the time for them.

Those who see photography as something more than a tool to record vacation pictures have more at stake in their selection of a camera, especially when you consider that digital cameras still command a premium price. If you pay $800 to $1,000 (or a lot more) for a digital camera and find it won’t do what you want, you might be stuck with your bad decision for a long time. Not all of us are as lucky as the friend of mine who can afford to buy a new digital camera every six months (nor even as fortunate as his close relatives, who receive the hand-me-down cameras on a schedule that they eagerly anticipate).


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