In fact, there are so many things that go into a digital camera, that you could spend forever trying to understand it all. Unfortunately for most of us, life is to busy to spend that much time learning the ins and outs of something as trivial as a digital camera. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t think much of digital cameras. In fact I really do. They’re quite a fascination of mine. It’s just that there are so many other things competing for a piece of our time, that I believe shopping for digital cameras should be a whole lot simpler. With all the reading, research, and writing I’ve done in this field can help make someones digital camera buying experience a little easier, then I’m all for it.
One of the features that I really like in digital cameras these days is image stabilization. A few years ago, this was one of those new glitzy features that you had to pay a premium for if you wanted it on your camera. Lucky for today’s camera shopper, it’s pretty much standard equipment on every camera in the $300 plus price range. Earlier versions of it weren’t too reliable, but image stabilization on most of today’s cameras works extremely. It’s particularly useful for zoomed in pictures.
Face recognition is another one of those features that seemed a bit gimmicky to me when it first came out, but nowadays I rather enjoy having it. In fact, when I pick up an older camera to use that doesn’t have I actually miss it. It does help with knowing where to focus, and it’s just one less thing I have to think about, as the camera gently reminds me.
The other trend I really like to see these days is the increasing accessibility and affordably of digital SLR cameras. To get those really great pictures that truly stand out you need to be using an SLR. They work in some many photo situations that the smaller cameras just can’t handle. What I really like though is the speed of them. No more missed photos because of slow shutter speeds for me.