Give me a decent camera and I’ll give you great pictures

great-camera-picturesSo I’m on the lookout for a good camera, preferably compact and not big and bulky.  Compact digital cameras have surely been and will be the reason why many people fall in love with photography. Not just those who begin to draw their first steps in photography acquire compact cameras, but also advanced users and even professionals have among their equipment good compact camera. Remember that the camera is only a means, and that what really matters is the photographer.

One compact camera that I found great for my purposes is the little and (to me at least) glorious Fujifilm X20. There was one article in particular that convinced me to buy this particular camera – namely, the Fujifilm X20 review at http://maxcnash.com/fujifilm-x20-camera-review/

Before you buy a compact camera – tips I found to work

The moment of purchasing a new camera brings to mind the following questions:

  • Why would you like a new compact camera? Are you sure you aren’t one of the many victims of big brand marketing to keep you constantly spending heaps of money by acquiring a new product that does not provide any significant improvement compared to the model you already own?
  • What use do you want to give your new camera? At this point, it is important to think what are the purposes you need the camera for. Then focus on the features that will support your goals, and label other functions as of second importance.
  • Beware of scams: know that stores and manufacturers have an incredible ability to make us believe things that are not entirely certain. For this reason, I recommend that before going to the store, read the following article: 5 deceptive forms of selling digital photo cameras.

One tip from that article is this: beware of the so called “daily deals”.
Who does not know any of these online stores where each day brings an item at a discounted price, and where you only have that day to acquire it at a “bargain” price? Well, most of these stores’ daily bargains are honest. What is certain is that some directly have decided to make use of the lie as a trade promotion tool: put a $100 on the camera when that is not true, or not quite.

Example: you display a camera lowered to $500 and its standard price in the store is, supposedly, of $600. You see it and say “man, 100 turkeys that I save and I invite the missus out to dinner at the Palace, she’s going to freak out because I’ll also give her the camera to see”. Yes. Really? Look at it in another store, to see the same camera in a normal situation. Look it up in yet another store, another, and another. Compare.

In the end, many times, you realize that the camera never ever cost that $600. Its standard price, with no bargain, was just $500. Or maybe $508 and the savings is only $8 (farewell dinner at the Palace… well, Burger King Yes perhaps).

I will apply these tips to my current camera purchasing venture, and will keep you guys updated on how it went.

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