The time has come, my webby friends. I am going to purchase a digital camera.
Sadly, I am sort of a dope when it comes to digital photography. I haven’t ever really paid much attention to all the advances in digital camera technology, so I could use some help as I investigate my options. I do, however, know what I want, so here’s what I’m looking for in a camera:
- Easy point ‘n’ click use. I’m not too keen on adjusting shutter speeds and such, so it would be nice to have a camera that automatically detects light levels and does all the dirty work for me. Still, I’d like the option of tweaking said speeds and such as I advance in photographic virtuosity.
- Low light/outdoor quality. Good image quality in varied lighting conditions.
- Autofocus on/off toggle.
- Removeable media storage. I’d like to be able to plug in a USB key, or something, and back up all the data on the camera.
- Decent resolution. I’d probably be making physical prints of some of my pictures, so a camera that translates well up to 8×10 prints would be swell. Bigger is better.
- Generous viewfinder/photo browser. I’m not looking for a humongous LCD display, just something I don’t need a magnifying glass to see the picture I just took. Also, it would be gravy to be able to scroll through all photos on the camera.
- Reasonably tough. I’m not going to to take this thing spelunking or scuba diving, but a reasonable level of durability is a plus.
- Budget. Let’s keep it below $450, but I’d be willing to consider more pricey options if it’s a great product.
Let me know if I’m ignoring some important factors, too. As I said before, I’m kinda clueless here.
If you’ve got links to the product at the manufacturer’s website, that would be really cool.
I’ve seen some great photographers out there. I know I can count on your advice. Thank you in advance!