Discover the Right Digital Camera for You
NEW & EMERGING:
No longer limited to the pros, budget DSLRs such as the Nikon D3100 will take great pictures, shoot 1080p video, and do it for less than $750.
 
MAINSTREAM:
If you want the controls of a DSLR to compose pictures, but aren't willing to carry the weight, these cameras are a good alternative for most common uses.
 
GOOD VALUES:
These easy–to–use cameras under $200 will give you much better pictures than smartphone cameras, as long as you remember to carry them with you.
   
  • 24.2 Megapixel
  • 3 x Optical Zoom
  • 3 in LCD Display
  • 12.1 Megapixel
  • 10 x Optical Zoom
  • 3 in LCD Display
  • 16.0 Megapixel
  • 5 x Optical Zoom
  • 3 in LCD Display
 
 
 
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16 – 21 MegapixelsUsing all these megapixels, you'll get beautiful photos along with some big files however, you can always scale down the megapixels 10 – 14 Megapixels12 MP images are better to edit, crop, or zoom. You can always resize them down 5 – 10 MegapixelsAlthough this is more than adequate or most photos, higher megapixel cameras are becoming more mainstream 5 MegapixelsThis could be adequate for some but we recommend getting a few more megapixels
High Frame RateMirrorless cameras like DSLTs or Micro four thirds offer high frame rates because they don't have to move a mirror for every shot like DSLRs do. Expect up to 15 frame/sec with autofocus 4x – 5x Optical Zoom3x optical zoom used to be the standard but more optical zoom can always help get you close to your subject, however watch out for blurring on close ups   Digital ZoomDigital zoom can produce inferior results to optical zoom
3DMost of these 3D cameras use two lenses to produce 3D pictures or video that you can watch on your 3D TV 1080p HD VideoFull HD video matters more when viewed on larger HDTVs 720p VideoNot as good as 1080p video but might be adequate for most family videos. Standard def videoAs households adopt HD video standard video is becoming obsolete
Mirrorless and DSLTs Face and Smile DetectionThe camera optimizes the picture around face and face tones. It even detects a smile before taking a picture    
Micro Four ThirdsBasically a Point-and-Shoot/DSLR hybrid, blending interchangeable lens with a 4:3 aspect ratio Back Side Illumination (BSI)BSI is a way to provide more area for sensor which increases low light sensitivity    
Wi-Fi ConnectivityWi-Fi makes sense, but wired connections like USB and FireWire connections are still faster and very reliable for data transfer USB or Firewire ConnectivityWired connections like USB and FireWire connections provde the fastest and most reliable method for data transfer to a computer.    
Touch Screen DisplaysNewer digital cameras are coming equipped with touch screen displays. This makes it easier to navigate the built-in software to apply filters, change settings, and other cool features.      
Continuous FocusCameras with continuous focus keeps refocusing while the shutter-release is still pressed; moving objects will be in focus and you won't have to manually refocus your shots.