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1. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y

ok now i know many people have probably asked this same question and it is probably getting a real bore now but please bear with me on this one...

i would like a camera for my travels and am thinking about a digital camara but haven't really got a clue as to where to start or features to be looking out for. I don't really want to spend that much as i just want fairly decent photo's.

Ive heard that something about digital and optical zoom-i'm not a very technical person so i need an idiots guide really, he! he!

Well ive come to the conclusion that i dont want a film camara (there we go thats my technical side coming out!) as i cant b.bothered with the changing of the film and if they get damaged etc.

Any info or advice would be very much appreciated, thanks, Jas x

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y

I just bought a digital camera, so here's what I have discovered in my research.

Digital zoom is irrelevant. All the digital zoom does is crop the sides of the picture. You can do that at home with photo editting software (which you will get with the camera). Optical zoom is the only zoom you should use. Most basic cameras today come with a 3x optical zoom. You can pay more for higher zoom lens (my camera has an 8x optical zoom).

The important thing is the number of megapixels you want. 3 to 4 megapixels is fine if you are just emailing your photos around and printing off regular sized prints (5 by 7). If you want to print big photos or posters, or sell them to travel magazines or the like, you'll want to get a higher megapixel camera.

A lot of the digital cameras come today with movie capabilities. If you want to take advantage of this, you'll probably also want to look for a camera with a built-in microphone. Otherwise, you'll be making silent pictures.

This is a good place to start to learn more about digital photography: Picking a digital camera. There are a number of sites on the web that allow you to see all the features of the cameras, and suggest retail price.

What I found REALLY helpful was going into camera and electronics stores and trying out the cameras. That gave me a really good feel for what the functions and features were, what price I could expect to pay for them, and especially in my case, what the various zoom levels allowed.

3. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 12y

hey thanks greg that really helps! i'll be looking into all that then soon. hopefully i'll have a brilliant buy soooon.

4. Posted by borat (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y

my name is borat i would very much like a camera too