If all the new digital technology coming on to the market at light speed has you intimidated, donít feel bad, youíre not alone. But digital is one of those amazing things that you shouldn't pass-up. The new digital cameras and cell phone cameras, have become so easy to use and so inexpensive that you just have to jump in and get your feet wet.
Iím at a point in life where Iím very selective about what activities I'm willing to invest time, energy and brain power into learning. I'm eager to learn new things that I believe will enrich my life in some way. I'm not interested in learning, for example, how to text four thousand words a minute. But having a handy little digital camera to use for traveling is a good thing. If youíve been stubbornly holding on to your film camera itís time to consider digital. Here are a few reasons why:
∑ The new digital cameras are extremely easy to use
∑ They have an auto focus and flash so the camera does all the work
∑ Theyíre compact, and easy to put in a pocket, purse, or luggage
∑ Even if you donít have a computer you can get prints made at many stores
∑ Cost of digital prints is comparable to film if not cheaper
∑ You can print photos in a matter of minutes
∑ You can get calendars and other nifty things made with your photos
∑ The prices are extremely reasonable
∑ You can store hundreds of photos on one memory card
∑ If you use a computer, you can store your photos, and access them easily
Even though you may love your film camera, film and film processing are hard to come by these days. It's time you take the leap to try a digital camera if you havenít yet. The difficult part will be choosing which one to buy. There are probably a zillion different ones on the market. It might help you to decide by coming up with an amount youíre willing to pay for one. You donít have to pay a fortune.
For under $150.00 you can get a nice pocket, point & shoot digital camera. Unless youíre really into photography, a point & shoot, will probably do everything you need for a first digital camera. A website I refer to on occasion for reviews on digital cameras is www.dpreview.com. This website allows you to research a variety of camera types as well as price ranges.
Believe it or not you can find some decent little digitals for under $100.00 so shop around. If you want to stick with an American company Kodak has come out with some very reasonably priced, user friendly cameras. Amazon.com and Tiger Direct, are great places to shop for cameras and you can read other customers reviews before you buy.
Some recent picks for budget, point & shoot cameras on the market for around $100.00 were;
** Kodak EasyShare C180 10.2MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom and 2.4 inch LCD. The 10.2-megapixel resolution is great for largers prints. This snazzy little camera also comes in red and has Face Detection and Blur Reduction features.
** Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W180. The W180 has 10.1 megapixels of resolution, a 2.7-inch LCD, and measures only about 0.75 inches in thickness.
Image quality is very good for a camera in this price range.
** The Canon PowerShot A1100 IS. A big 12.1 megapixels of resolution will make for great larger prints. This Canon has a 4X optical zoom lens and optical image stabilization technology with the A1100 IS, these are nice features in an under $200 camera. Rather than a rechargeable battery, this Cannon runs from two AA batteries so you can replace batteries easily when you're away from home.
** Nikon Coolpix L20. This neat little Nikon contains a 3.0-inch LCD, 3.6X optical zoom lens for sharp images, and 10.0 megapixels of resolution so you can create larger prints. The L20 has good image quality for suan an inexpensive camera in this price range.
If you want more features, more options and more of just about everything you can spend a little bit more and get into the $150.00 and up price range. Still pretty reasonable for a great little digital camera.
There are hundreds of digitals at all price levels to choose from. When you see someone using a digital camera ask them how they like it. Most people are happy to give you a little mini-review that may help you decide which camera to get, or not to get. You should of course do some of your own research.
Besides being really convenient digital cameras are a fun, and easy, way to save those wonderful memories from your travels. Promise me, youíll at least think about it!