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Jan. 31 BuyDig: Refurb Nikon D3300 24.2MP 1080p Digital SLR Camera w/ 18-55mm VR II Lens $319 shipped, Exp Unknown

Jan. 5 Focus Camera: Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera + $50 GC + 64GB Card $398 shipped, Exp Unknown

Dec. 29 Adorama: Sony Alpha A6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera Bod Graphite W/ $50 GC $398 shipped, Exp Unknown

Dec. 21 Focus Camera: Sony Alpha a6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera w/ 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lenses $698 shipped, Exp Unknown

Dec. 13 BuyDig: Refurb Nikon D500 20.9MP DX Format Digital SLR Camera $1447 shipped, Exp Unknown

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Digital Camera Shopping Guide

Things you want to consider when buying a digital camera:

Megapixel

Also known as CCD resolution. The most common and one of the most important factor. CCD (Charge Coupled Device) is the imaging sensor that actually captures the picture. It's like the eye of the camera. CCD resolution determines the maximum resolution of digital photoes you can get from the digital camera. The more megapixels, the sharper and more detailed the pictures your digital camera can take, and you will be able to enlarge and print them without loss of quality. For example, if you want to get satisfying 4x6 prints from your digital photoes, the minimum requirement should be 2 Megapixel. 5 Megapixel is already more than enough for common use.

Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom

Optical zoom measures how much the lens can actually zoom in to make subjects appear closer, it is determined solely by the physical capability of lens. Using optical zoom will never affect the image quality.

Digital zoom is actually not really a "zoom". It is just a smart built-in computation procedure that enlarges the digital photo without too much of the loss of image quality. But as long as you use the digital zoom, there is loss of quality. That's why you should avoid using them if possible. Bottom line is, digital zoom is certainly not as good as optical zoom, but it is better than nothing.

The storage media:

It is where the digital camera will store the captured digital photoes. It is a removable device and you can buy them separately with any capacity you want. The larger the capacity of the storage media, the more photoes you can take before running out of space. You will find the capacity essential when you take your camera for a 7-day trip to Yellow Stone and don't have a computer handy to download photoes to.

There are several types of media available, these 5 are the most popular ones:

  • Sony Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro: Used mainly in Sony digital cameras, looks just like a stick of gum, only shorter. It is fast, convenient and small, but quite expensive comparing with others. Memory Stick Pro has upto 1GB capacity and 2x faster than memory stick.
  • XD Flash Memory Card: Used mainly in Olympus and Fuji digital cameras. The smallest of all, it's very popular in ultra compact devices.
  • Compact Flash Type I and II: The most popular one, used in a number of digital cameras including Canon. Type I Capacity upto 256MB, type II is thicker, capacity upto 1GB, 4GB on the way, and compatibile with IBM MicroDrive.
  • Secure Digital: Very compacted, used in many compact models including Canon's popular SD100.
  • SmartMedia: Very thin but without the built-in controller chip. Storage capacity is not so good either.

Battery:

Most digital cameras use one of these 2 types of batteries: the lithium-ion rechargeable battery or the ordinary AA battery.

Lithium-ion rechargeable battery: Usually last longer, smaller (used in almost every compact digital cameras), convenient to recharge (just plug the power adapter into camera), but very expensive to buy if you want to replace or have an extra handy.

AA batteries: Convenient to get - buy them any where so you don't worry about running out of power.

Voice/Video capability:

Most people don't really think about this when they buy a digital camera. But it is really a very nice feature. Most camcorders are too big to carry around and sometimes you just can't record the moment with just a photo. Certainly the quality of the MPEG video is not enough to make a movie, but it is very easy to put online and share with friends.

User interface:

Including LCD size (1.5 is normal, 2.0 is deluxe), with or without swirve, easy to control, ..

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