Digital Cameras

Not strictly a computer question (although they can connect to a PC!!) but I know you are friendly lot and will help. I want to buy a new Digital Camera but I don't understand all the jargon.

How many megapixels should I get? What is the difference and which is better between Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom? etc etc etc?!

I don't intend being the next David Bailey but I want something half decent!!


  malgall 20:39 21 Jun 06

optical zoom is using the lens to get closer
digital is using software to zoom in the picture so losing quality
ignore digital zoom

the rest depends ow much you want to pay and what kind of pictures you want to take

less than a £100 will get you a good point and shoot camera

  ?. 20:55 21 Jun 06

What kind of photos are you wanting to take

i.e. family, landscape, sport etc etc

Just normal day to day photos, for that well known auction site etc!!!

  TicTacToc 21:01 21 Jun 06

A quick megapixel guide -

Only viewing on screen and not cropping the images much. - 1-2 megapixels

Printing up to 10x8 inches (A4) and sometimes cropping images - 3-5 megapixels

Printing bigger, and sometimes cropping out a lot of the image - 6-8 megapixels

This is quite a vague guide, but may be of help :)

  ?. 21:03 21 Jun 06

For normal day to day stuff a normal point to shoot camera is what your looking for.

  ed-0 21:17 21 Jun 06

the lens is what takes the picture. have a good camera with a poor lens and you'll get a poor picture.

Optical zoom, as mentioned is better than digital. The ammount of megapixels, relate to how big you can make that picture. The higher you set the camera on megapixels, the more memory you will use.

Pick a camera that uses cheapish memory sticks. You will be wanting a couple of 512Mb sticks to start off with. Try and get a camera that is metal, against a plasticy one. they are more robust and will take slight knocks.

I picked this one up from pc world today. click here It's for my daughters birthday.

It has a Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens that are very good.

A 2.5" LCD Screen. Which is queit large for either cecking the immage or using as a view finder.

3x Optical Zoom. Which isn't bad for a small camera.

6 million pixels will produce some very large pictures.

Full metal body. handy for the occasional knock.

32mb internal memory. That should store around 50 shots at around 1 megapixel.

It takes memory stick pro storage. fairly cheap to buy.

A nice little camera that should fit into a pocket or handbag. That should take some very good pictures.

  ?. 21:19 21 Jun 06

What is your maximum budget as this will greatly make life easier for searching for a suitable one?

Dunno really about 50 notes.

  nigg 21:23 21 Jun 06
  EJ1947 21:41 21 Jun 06

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