Buying a camera for yourself is relatively easy. You have to consider your skills, needs and financial opportunities. What happens when you decide to buy a camera as a gift for somebody else?
The rules that apply remain nearly the same. If you want to buy a camera, you should be aware of the person’s intentions and photographic habits. Researching these in advance will guarantee the best selection.
Take into consideration the following facts, when you are about to purchase a camera as a gift.
• Big Or Small?
Is the other person’s aim to be able to take professional photos or will the camera be needed on a daily basis?
If your friend or a loved one wants a camera that will be readily available, you will have to purchase a small one that can easily fit in a bag or a purse.
In case the person is professionally interested in photography, you will have to select something more advanced, which usually is larger in size. Be careful, since people who are professionally interested in photography will already have a good camera. Purchasing accessories will be a better option in such instances.
• What Will The Person Need The Camera For?
The purpose of usage will also play a role, when you are trying to make a selection. If the person you are getting the camera for will need it to shoot parties, trips and fun moments, a small one will do just fine.
In case the person has artistic interests in photographing nature and landscapes, you should consider the purchase of a more advanced camera. When you buying a camera for someone who is artistically inclined, think about suitable filters and effects that will allow for better image manipulation.
Megapixels are a measure used to describe the quality of images that a camera makes. They range from five to very large numbers in the case of a professional camera.
A five to six megapixel camera will do great job in terms of shooting nice memory and family album images. These megapixels are also good for web viewing and printing small-sized photos.
Megapixels are not the single factor that determines the quality of photos. The focus system, the lenses and many others play a role, as well.
• Display Size
People who shoot photos for fun usually prefer to have a large display. It is more suitable for photographing and viewing photos quickly. A large display will also make it easier to work with menus and to adjust the camera’s settings.
Keep in mind that people who are knowledgeable in photography usually prefer the view-finder when taking photos. In such instances, the size of the display will be less important.
If the person you are buying the camera for is relatively inexperienced in the field of photography, image stabilization will be a good option. Many people have problems keeping their hands steady while taking a picture. If their hands tremble too much, the quality of the photo will be affected. This is where image stabilization comes to play a role.
Stabilization counters the national trembling and improves the focus. Test stabilization beforehand since if its quality is low, it might affect images in a negative manner.
The priorities of each person are different. You can never be certain that you are making the best selection, when you are trying to accommodate somebody else’s preferences. Yet, knowing the basics of photography and a camera’s important features will help you make an informed choice.