Kw-logo-holiday

Buying a Digital Camera

Check out our tips for teens who want to buy a digital camera.
Buying a Digital Camera

Your camera-phone snaps just aren't doing it for you any more and you want to try your hand at real photography. The first step is getting yourself a decent digital camera - and not breaking the bank. Here's a rundown on the things a beginner photographer should look for in a new camera. Check it out!

What to Look For

  • Keep it compact. Since you're a beginner, it's probably too soon to invest in a huge digital SLR that will make you look like you're on safari. You want something small enough that it won't be a pain to carry around.
  • Look for optical zoom, not digital. Some cameras brag about their 10x digital zoom, but that's kind of a scam (it's no better than just blowing the picture up in PhotoShop). Instead, you want to keep an eye out for a camera with optical zoom - ideally you want to start off with at least some sort of optical zoom (3x would be great).
  • Figure out how many megapixels you need. The more megapixels a camera has, the better the picture quality will be. Unfortunately, more megapixels also equal more money. Try to get a camera with at least three megapixels. You probably don't need anything more than five megapixels unless you plan to print out a lot of enlargements.

KW Picks

  • DXG-711 - This lightweight camera is only an inch thick, has 3x optical zoom and 7.1 megapixels. The best part is, you can pick it up for less than $100.
  • PowerShot E1 - This pocket-sized has a whopping 7.1 megapixels, a 4x optical zoom, and stabilizers to reduce blurry snaps. It retails for $199
Related Stories:
>

readers voted!

Comments

urbffl121

urbffl121 wrote:

Id love to have one
commented: Sat May 18, 2013

urbffl121

urbffl121 wrote:

Yeh
commented: Sat May 18, 2013

there are 2 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

F1113348617812

Do You Have a Digital Camera?

  • Yes.
  • No.
  • I don't - but my parents do.
  • No - I just have one of those old ones that uses film.

related stories

Micro_barbie_micro
Doesn’t matter how old you are – you’re gonna have a blast with Barbie Video Girl from Mattel! Wh...
Micro_nanny_mcphee_micro
Check out the Nanny McPhee Returns Digital Coloring Book!!
Prepping for the release of the DVD/Blu-Ray version of Disney Pixar’s UP movie on November 10, 20...

Random in the forums

9bella
9bella posted in Electronics:
I have a phone its not a smart phone but do you ever feel like its all there is in life?   remember going down to the river and getting slogged with mud and your mom getting mad?  I will never forget those days and never let them go.Or whatever else you did before you got a phone.but remember that is fun So do you think they are taking our lives up?
reply 5 minutes
9bella
9bella posted in Say Anything:
last year my teacher told us he was fake but i did not like her so im not believing her so yes I do believe in santa
reply 14 minutes
10reef
10reef posted in General:
Sure, 10reef, but understand this may be difficult do to shipping regulations and costs.
reply 26 minutes
9bella
9bella posted in Debating:
"10reef" wrote:Didn't see it, I'm pretty sure the video was edited so those events occurred if you focused on the being in the picture.
reply 31 minutes
10reef
10reef posted in Debating:
I would love to be a marine biologist, however bio-engineering or bio-pharmaceuticals pays better and is still interesting. Or maybe study the stock market and go into business.
reply 39 minutes

play online games

Hour-of-code-tumb

Codey the troll is lost! Help him avoid obstacles and get back into the computer...

Candy-quest-feature

Your troll is lost! Help it avoid obstacles and get back into the computer.

Fo...

Dragon-dash

Your dragon must return to guard the treasure! Help it gather lost coins and avo...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properties to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be r...

1005_cc_kidz_100x100_vlh

Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

_thumb_100x100

Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

Frostbox_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...