Title: How To Choose A Digital Camera Word Count: 388 Summary: Digital cameras have exploded in po pularity in recent years. The conve nience that they have brought to th e market with the ability to retake the picture and the ability to sto re, edit, and email them from your own personal computer has fueled th is growth. Keywords: electronics, consumer electronics Article Body: Digital cameras have exploded in po pularity in recent years. The conve nience that they have brought to th e market with the ability to review your pictures instantly and correc t any imperfections by retaking the picture and the ability to store, edit, and email them from your own personal computer has fueled this g rowth. It is now no longer a matter of if you need a digital camera, but rath er which one do I choose? First decide how you are going to u se the camera. If simplicity is you r goal, a simple point and shoot di gital camera will do. If you wan th e flexibility to be able to grow wi th the camera as you gain experienc e get a point and shoot that offers manual controls, this way you will have the best of both worlds – inf inite options for creativity and th e ease of an automatic mode. The next item on your agenda should be megapixels. To keep it simple, the more megapixels the better the picture will be. So, how many megap ixels do you need? If all you are doing is printing or emailing photos, a 3 or 4 megapixe l digital camera will work. If you are going to use it for more profes sional work and enlarging photos, g o with one with 5 or 6 megapixels. If you want uncompromising clarity go with a 7 megapixel or above. Jus t remember the higher the megapixel s the higher the price! How much zoom do you need? You have two types of zoom with digital cam eras, digital and optical. Optical is the more important because it br ings your object closer without los ing quality. The digital zoom will bring the object in closer, but you sacrifice the quality of the pictu re. If all you do is take everyday pics a 1x to 4x optical zoom will d o. If you take pics like sporting e vents, get one with a 5x optical zo om or higher. For really intense pr ofessional work choose a 10x or bet ter optical zoom. Digital cameras have evolved now to the point where you can get a grea t fully featured camera that will f it comfortably in your shirt pocket so don’t think you have to get a l arge one to get good quality. If yo u are using it for more professiona l use with large optical zoom and s uch expect to have to buy a larger one however.