tips > digital cameras
Last updated: Sept. 23, 2003
Choosing a Digital
After test driving
several digital cameras, the good news is that that prices have come down
as quality has improved -- dramatically. I now shoot exclusively using
the digital format, and haven't regretted it. Except for all the batteries
that digital cameras need.
Things to "focus"
Measures how much info a digital camera can record; expressed as pixels
or mega pixels; the higher the better. The 5-megapixel cameras used to
cost over a $1,500 in 2002, you can get some models for less than $500.
If you are only going to be e-mailing your photos and using them on the
Web, the a 3-megapixel camera should be enough. Basically, get the most
megapixels you can afford.
2. Zoom: The
range for various shots. The more zoom the better.
3. Fully automatic
or is it dual use: Does the camera control everything, or can you
also adjust aperture and shutter and other controls.
Best place to comparison
shop is shopper.com from CNET.com (www.shopper.com).
You can get different prices of the same model and check shipping charges,
4. Storage capacity: One thing about shooting digitally that is
different than the old way: you can almost always delete on the fly and
constantly reshoot. You want to buy a card that allows you to store as
many photos as possible. The more the megabytes - MB - the better.
CNET Editor's Choices
On a tight budget?
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Digital Photo Review
Journalist Tom Karlo says, "It has the most in-depth reviews and
benchmarks of any site I've found."
Excellent site for an international take on digital cameras
Reviews and Prices:
About.com on digital cameras:
NYT in-depth story
on digital photography (free registration for NYTimes.com required)
Interactive graphic: http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/technology/20020228_PHOTOS/index.html
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Tips on photography
> digital cameras
are three models in different price ranges (These are no longer the newest
cameras. I am preparing an updated guide for the weeks ahead).
Nikon Coolpix 990
The camera I use every day. Time magazine's 2000 "Machine of the
Year" (read the magazine's description).
If you have the money, get this. Fully automatic or full manual -- can't
go wrong either way. I especially like its tilting viewfinder.
Shopper.com prices: $704-900
Note: Nikon has since introduced the Coolpix 995 and the Coolpix 2500.
Terrific camera. Shoots
great, full control, and looks good, too. Amazing battery life, fully
automatic, or fully manual.
Shopper.com prices: $600-999
Best camera for this price. Works well.
Shopper.com prices: $222-312.
we use at Columbia (has been replaced by the C-3030Z above)
C-2020Z or C-2000Z
bought 10 for Columbia's Journalism School in January 2000 and were very
happy with them.
Shopper.com prices: $479-799 (March 2000 prices) $625-$899.
recommendation from journalist Tom Karlo <email@example.com>:
I've been using a Canon Digital Elph S100. It's probably the smallest
2+ megapix camera out there. It loses on flash power (they all do in my
view) but for a camera that can be carried all the time, there's no beating
it - it's about the size of a deck of cards.