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Which camera is best for me?
This camera selector is a guide designed SelectSmart.comto give you some camera recommendations. Use it to choose the camera that best suits you. Your specific individual results are based upon your stated preferences. Consider your results as a "second opinion". You might find that these questions will give you some points to ponder that you may not have considered before. This selector includes links to cameras for sale--many at discounted prices.

  • What sort of camera are you looking for?
  •   A new digital camera with the latest electronic features.
      A camera that's built into a smartphone.
      A camera that's built into a tablet computer.
      An older, classic film camera including used and reburbished models.

    1. What type of SLR camera are you looking for?
    Advanced point-and-shoot camera. These generally smaller, lighter and cheaper cameras now include features like GPS, face-detection, smile detection, etc.
    SLR-like digital camera. More compact than SLR cameras, provide little or no lens options. Not quite an SLR but better than a point and shoot.
    SLR digital camera. Bigger, bulkier and more expensive but offer flexiblity, more control, sensitivity to low light and better image quality.
    No preference
    Prioritize your choice above:
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    2. Brand name? Consumer Reports noted that most cameras are "very reliable, and few differences exist among brands". According to survey of Consumer Reports readers about four percent of their cameras needed repair or had a serious problem.
    Canon
    Fujifilm
    Leica
    Nikon
    Olympus
    Panasonic
    Pentax
    Ricoh
    Samsung
    Sigma
    Sony
    Prioritize your choice above:
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    3. Price? The old axiom is "you get what you pay for", but electronic advances provide cameras with features at affordable prices. Read the reviews and click the Amazon links on the results page for special deals including new, used and refurbished bargains.
    Low priced
    Medium priced
    High priced
    No preference
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    4. MegaPixels? A megapixel means 1 million pixels. A pixel is a single dot in an image. Images are made up of many of these tiny dots. Generally, 5 megapixels is enough to print good quality 8x10s.
    10 megapixels
    12 to 14 megapixels
    15 to 16 megapixels
    18 megapixels
    20 megapixels
    24 megapixels
    No preference
    Prioritize your choice above:
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    5. Flash?
    Yes, I might need to illuminate my subject.
    Prioritize your choice above:
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    6. Do you want an electronic viewfinder? The image captured by the lens is projected electronically onto a miniature display. The image on this display is used to assist in aiming the camera at the scene to be photographed.
    Yes, I want this feature.
    Prioritize your choice above:
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    7. Video capability?
    Yes, I'd like to make short video clips.
    Prioritize your choice above:
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    8. Do you want a large LCD (liquid crystal display)?
    Yes, larger is better
    Prioritize your choice above:
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    9. Do you want a camera with live view? Live view is a feature that allows a digital camera's display screen to be used as a viewfinder.
    Yes, I'd prefer to have this feature.
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    10. Image stabilization is a family of techniques used to reduce blurring associated with the motion of a camera during exposure.
    Yes, I'd prefer to have this feature.
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    11. What sort of lens capabilites do you require?
    50x optical zoom lens. (A child's face in school play, wildlife shots, etc.)
    24x-30x optical zoom lens. (Sports action, street scenes, etc.)
    5x to 7.5x optical zoom lens. (Large group shots, wide landscape shots, close-ups, etc.)
    2.5x to 4.2x optical zoom lens. (Family poses and portraits, etc.)
    No zoom (Typical snap shots)
    No preference
    Prioritize your choice above:
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    12. Do you want a light weight camera? Checking this option will exclude most SLR cameras, which are usually heavier and bulkier.
    Yes, lighter is better.
    Prioritize your choice above:
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