A new camera for the holidays?

The holidays are almost upon us. Are you considering a new camera for yourself, or for a gift? This is a great time of year to make a technology purchase. Cameras are more than just boxes that take snapshots, they are now computers wrapped around a lens. They are complex and making the right choice in a purchase can also be complex.

So what should you buy? I’m not going to tell you. I will try to assist you in making the right choice for you. What is the right choice for you?

The wrong choice is to watch an ad on TV and get caught up in fancy sounding specifications, meaningless numbers, and hype. You want to have a clear idea of what you want, and then find a camera that matches those wants, and fits your budget. Speaking of budget, watch out for hidden costs. For example, does the camera come with a battery, a memory card, or are the manual clear and understandable.

The first thing to determine is what I want to do with my photography. If you want to primarily take pictures of the kids and post them to FaceBook; I would suggest that your cell phone is probably more than adequate. In fact, cell phone cameras are