QUICK GUIDE TO CAMERAS

A Guide to Buying the Right Camera

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While on vacation, you might realize that your current camera, or lack thereof, is hindering your ability to bring the memories back home with you. Purchasing a new camera en route is actually an excellent option. While you don’t need to become a full-fledged expert to select a great one, you should know the basics. Here are some details you may want to investigate:

Megapixels: The higher the megapixel number, the more detail the camera can capture and the clearer your photos will be when printed.

Optical zoom: Optical zoom uses the lens of the camera to bring the subject closer. It is the preferred method of magnifying an image for digital photographers because it doesn't negatively affect image quality, as does digital zoom.

Digital Zoom: This is the magnification of a digital image using software inside the digital camera, rather than changing the focal length of the zoom lens to magnify the image. Digital zoom simply increases the size of the pixels that make up the digital image, which can harm photo sharpness. Digital photographers prefer optical zoom.

SLR: An SLR, or single-lens reflex, digital camera is a high-end model aimed at intermediate and experienced photographers. A digital SLR camera often is called a DSLR. DSLR cameras are professional-style cameras.

Play around with your new camera and discover its functions ahead of time. Knowing exactly where the zoom functions are, how to change the scene modes, how to turn the flash on and off and other small aspects can help you in producing first-class photos. Still not sure which camera to get? Here’s a list of good vacation cameras:

Name: Fuji FinePix XP30
Details: 14.2-megapixels, 5x optical zoom
Features you’ll like: Waterproof body, shockproof from 4.9 feet, freeze-proof for a maximum of -50°F, rustproof – great for sandy beaches!
Price Range: $150
Get it at Chulani Photography, Seiko House, Caribbean Camera Center

Name: Olympus TOUGH TG-610
Details: 14 megapixels, 5x optical zoom
Features you’ll like: Compact, waterproof up to 16 feet in depth, can be dropped from 5 feet without damage, in-camera panorama function
Price Range: $200
Get it at Chulani Photography, Seiko House, Caribbean Camera Center

Name: Canon Powershot D10
Details: 12.1 megapixels, 3x optical zoom
Features you’ll like: Durable, simple design, waterproof up to 33 feet, shockproof 4 feet.
Price Range: $280
Get it at Chulani Photography, Seiko House, Caribbean Camera Center

Name: Nikon Coolpix AW100
Details: 16 megapixels, 5x optical zoom
Features you’ll like: Underwater camera 33 ft depth, built in GPS and e compass, HD movie, shock-proof, freeze proof
Price Range: $350
Get it at Chulani Photography, Seiko House, Caribbean Camera Center

Name: Canon EOS Rebel T3i Kit
Details: 18 megapixels, 3.1x optical zoom
Features you’ll like: Vary-angle LCD screen, direct Print, self-cleaning sensor unit, professional level SLR, movie recording, DIGIC 4 Image Processor
Price Range: $850
Get it at Chulani Photography, Seiko House, Caribbean Camera Center