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75 percent of people buy the wrong d
igital camera

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When I teach a new class learning d
igital photography, over 75% of the
 students turn up with the camera t
he salesman suggested.

digital camera, photography

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When I teach a new class learning d
igital photography, over 75% of the
 students turn up with the camera t
he salesman suggested.

Guess what? They soon find out that
 it’s the wrong one for them. This
can be a very expensive mistake. So
 the big questions are what is the
right one for me and how do I know
which is best for me.
One of the first things that you wa
nt to know about the camera that th
e salesman is trying to sell you is
 as follows -
How long does t
he camera take to turn on and be re
ady to take the shot? In the consum
er market this can range between 1
to 5 seconds most being towards the
 3 seconds mark. 
How long do
es the camera take to focus on the
subject? (Not to take the picture)
most cameras take between 1 to 3 se
conds most at around the 1-second m
ark. How long does the camera take
to actually take the photo after yo
u have pushed the shutter button co
mpletely? Again, most cameras take
between 1to 3 seconds this is calle
d shutter lag time. Now you can see
 to take a photo can take up to 5 s
econds just to turn on and up to an
other 3 seconds to focus in and the
 up to another 3 seconds just to ac
tually take the photo.

In a cheaper camera, but not necess
arily cheaper it can be up to 9 sec
onds to take a photo from the camer
a turned off. You may say “yes but
I will leave my camera on” ok that’
s fine, but you may still have a la
g time of up to 3 seconds just to t
ake a photo. Just imagine how annoy
ing it will be now that you have pu
rchased your new digital camera cos
ting you around $400 - $500 to find
 that you just can’t catch your chi
ld blowing out the candles because
your new camera at the critical tim
e of blowing the candles out took 1
 second to focus and a further 2 se
conds to take the photo. What was t
he result? A child sitting in front
 of a cake with black smoldering ca

Can you set the white balance on yo
ur camera? Just what is the white b

About 60% of digital cameras don’t
have this adjustment, you must buy
one that can be set manually, not j
ust one that has an “auto white bal
ance” as they are not as good as th
ey advertise.

Does your camera have different expo
sure modes?

Exposure modes are simply where doe
s the camera take a light reading?
The cheaper cameras just do an all
over reading which can be very limi
ting to say the least. A good camer
a will have a “spot”, “centre weigh
ted” and “matrix” metering system,
which allows you to take great phot
os in any light situation.

When buying a digital camera, buy i
t for the fact that it’s a camera n
ot a video camera as well. One stud
ent showed me all the features her
camera had and that’s why it was mo
re expensive – the only thing that
it didn’t do well was take still pi

You can get so much out of your new
 digital camera! you just have to p
ut some time in for learning how to
 use it properly and how to take be
tter pictures – remember no one wil
l ever want to look at a poor quali
ty photo twice!

If you want to take really great pi
ctures that will be in your family
for years put in a little effort wi
th your new digital camera.

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