What Kind of Camera Should You Buy?

Remember: Answer the questions as honestly as you can!

Which best describes you?

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What are you going to take pictures of most of the time?

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How important is portability?

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Cameras come in all shapes and sizes and you definitely don't want to be lugging around anything bigger than you have to. On the other hand, larger cameras allow for more features, better lenses and ultimately superior images. Serious professionals use full frame DSLRs like the Canon EOS 5D or the Nikon D4s can weigh 4-5lbs with a standard lens attached.

What is your budget?

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More expensive doesn't always mean better - it's all about getting the camera that suits your needs best. Still, it helps to narrow down your options by setting a budget and sticking to it.

Most modern cameras take great pictures, but not all are equal. How important is image quality?

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Do you use an image editing program?

Do you plan on selling your photos or using them for professional purposes?

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How do you feel about new gadgets and technology?

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Most digital cameras will take videos - some better than others. Is taking videos important to you?

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What level of control over the images do you expect from the camera?

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There's a lot of extra gear you can attach to a camera. Do you plan on buying anything like lenses, remote controls, external flashes, etc?

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