note: If you are new to photography and/or
digital photography, you may find that reviewing
Camera Fundamentals first will help
you understand the discussion in this Buyer's
do you need to look for when choosing a
digital camera? In the Photoxels Digital
Camera Buyer's Guide, we guide you in
choosing the right digital camera in a simple
ensure you fully understand what's important
when choosing between digital cameras in
a digital camera is really a simple 4-step
process that you (and not someone else in
a photography or digital camera forum) must
go through if you want to end up with one
that is right for you. Why bother?
Indeed, why not just ask more knowledgeable
forum members? Because we all have our favorite
digital cameras, and we all have different
criteria, likes and dislikes, idiosyncracies,
pet peeves, and other genetic abnormalities
;o). So, chances are very good that you'll
just end up much more confused than before.
But, if you first find out what you
want, what's available out there that meet
most of your criteria, then you should
ask forum members to give their personal
opinions about your shortlist. Using other
people's experience to help you make an
informed decision is wise; depending on
other people to recommend a digital camera
for you is not.
This 4-step process is not restricted to
selecting a digital camera -- you will find
it equally applicable to any selection task
you may think of.
in summary, are the 4 steps that you must
what you want from a digital camera (your
a shortlist of those digital cameras that
meet some, most, or all of your requirements
(your Candidates Shortlist).
detailed reviews and users' opinions about
the candidates on your shortlist (Sites
Go to the store and try them out before
you decide (Trial & Buy).
now let's expand on each of these.