We don’t sell cameras, but a lot of people still ask us for advice. Here are our top five tips:
- For the casual, amateur photographer, a point-and-shoot digital camera works just fine. It’s cheaper than an SLR, and easier to use — you don’t have to bother changing lenses.
- Stick with a name brand. We don’t recommend any brand in particular, but you’re always better off with a warranty from an established company.
- Get a camera with at least 8 to 10 megapixels. The more pixels, the sharper your photos will be.
- Get a 5x to 10x optical zoom. You’ll hear a lot about digital zoom, but that’s a cropping feature, not a real zoom.
- Get a camera with a viewfinder. You’ll be glad of it on a sunny day, when glare obscures the LCD screen.