What feature of a digital camera is most important to you?

  PC Advisor 16:35 21 May 10
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When buying a new digital camera, do you look for sensor power or small size? Or is price your first consideration?

  ronalddonald 16:41 21 May 10

focus and card

  HondaMan 16:57 21 May 10

Speed (fps) essential for action stuff and speed of focus, same reason. Fast transfer rates and minimal shutter delay, hence Nikon D3.

  Cymro. 17:10 21 May 10

The ability to delete photos that I don`t wish to keep. With photography like mine it is the function I make the most use of.

  Covergirl 17:16 21 May 10

. . . closely followed by quick start up and high optical zoom.

  Brumas 17:50 21 May 10

Not being particularly adept at photography I would definitely want a view finder should I change my current model.
On a good day it produces 'mini-masterpieces'(IMHO) but when the sun is shining and I can't see the image on the screen - total disaster!!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:18 21 May 10

Reasonable picture (10M) and zoom (4 or more) + good battery life

  Chegs ®™ 18:19 21 May 10

My digital camera is old & only has a 1.3 megapixel image.I have a mobile phone with an 8 megapixel image,it also takes HD movies & pictures,but annoyingly...it has a "light" but no flash.My previous phone took similar size images (no HD arrangement) and produces better pictures than my digital camera.

My wishlist for a digital camera is high sensor power,good flash,decent optical zoom but my only use for a digital camera is to take "snaps" so I might as well get as many additional uses out the item(hence the phones)

  muddypaws 18:25 21 May 10

I have a 12 mp camera and agree with Brumas that I would want a viewfinder, which mine hasn't got.
Also at least 10 mp with at least x5 optical zoom.
Digital zoom is a total waste of space.
Even with a x5 you really need an optical stabiliser as opposed to digital, but then you start to move out of the compact camera market.

  Toneman 18:43 21 May 10

My Ixus has a viewfinder which I thought I would need, hence this model, but for indoors I find I use the screen more for composing the shot. Would consider most important is the lens quality.

  Pineman100 18:57 21 May 10

As a grandfather of four lively small boys, shutter lag is my biggest bugbear. I press the button, and by the time the shot is captured, the moment has passed.

An optical viewfinder is also essential on sunny days, when the screen is unusable.

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