Buying the right digital camera can be a tough job, so here is the low-down on what to look for.
There are two basic types of digital cameras—point-and-shoot and D-SLRs (Digital Single Lens Reflex). Point and shoot digicams—or as we like to call them “aim and forget”—make up the vast majority of models sold (over 90 percent). The reason is simple: in a single gadget you have everything you need to take good photos. Just aim, zoom in on your subject, press the shutter and the camera does all the work. More sophisticated D-SLRs have interchangeable lenses that let you unleash your inner Annie Leibovitz—they offer higher quality, faster response time and more flexibility. They also are a lot heavier and cost much more. Your decision between the two is purely personal and totally dependent on your level of commitment to photography. No matter which way you go there are basics that hold true for all cameras. Learning them will help you make the right decision.