he Camera Lens
The most important part of any camera is the lens. A high quality lens will give sharper images and let you shoot in dimmer conditions. On a standard camera, look for at least a 3 x optical zoom to get in close. For extra flexibility, look for a longer optical zoom - 10x or more is great for wildlife and sports photography. Don't be fooled by digital zoom - it only zooms in at the expense of image quality.
Almost all digital cameras have colour LCDs, but some are much brighter and sharper than others. As a general rule, displays over 2 inches in size are easier to frame your shots with and great for playing back images to check your results. If you prefer the older screen + direct viewfinder, check that the camera has these features as the direct finder is now being phased out in favour of bigger screens. However the larger screen only models do make viewing your shots much easier.
Before committing yourself to purchasing a digital camera, visit a camera shop and actually handle a few models to see how they feel. It should feel comfortable in your hands. Some models have very small buttons making it difficult to operate for people with large fingers or those with arthritic problems.
Choosing And Understanding Your Digital Camera
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