Digital cameras are fun and convenient, so it's no wonder they're so popular. But sifting through all the options can be confusing. Here are some features to consider when deciding on the best camera for you.
First, consider the number of megapixils. If you only plan to make small prints, anything over five megapixils won't improve your picture quality, but if you want to zoom or crop your images, a camera with more megapixils may be worthwhile. You should also consider how much SD memory you need. Most SD cards can hold up to 2GB of data, which is enough to hold 1,000 or more images, but pictures with more megapixels will take up additional space.
Some cameras feature image stabilization, which ensures a crisp focus by compensating for shakiness that causes blurry photos in low light. Red-eye reduction prevents the camera's flash from causing people's eyes to appear red in photos. Digital cameras with optical zoom are able to zoom in using the camera's lens rather than its digital sensor, which produces crisper, more life-like images. The higher the optical zoom number, the better your picture is likely to be.
Other camera features include Wi-Fi connectivity, which lets you upload pictures directly to social media, and color LCD displays, which let you view stored photos. Digital SLR cameras let you see exactly what your camera will capture through the lens and allow you to take more photos in less time with precise focus adjustments.
For more tips on finding the right camera, check out our Camera Buying Guide.