If you’re not into research, and have no time for all the jibber jabber, here is a great $150 option and here is a great $500 option.
If you want to know your options, keep reading!
What follows are some tips for getting the most bang for your buck when buying a point-and-shoot camera for your organization. These are condensed and summarized from this great CNET article by Joshua Goldman.
Feel free to add your comments, suggestions, and experiences below.
- Eliminate Features. You really don’t need anything with more than 10 megapixels unless you will be making tons of 16×20 prints. You also might not need something that’s ultra-compact — just compact. And if you can zoom with your feet (by getting closer to your subject), you might not need that 10x optical zoom.
- Sometimes older is better. Marketing hype can sometimes make it seem like the technology is improving faster than it is. Last year’s model will be waaay cheaper. And you probably won’t sacrifice picture quality by going with it.
- Rechargeable Batteries. Probly don’t need to explain this. Rechargeable batteries are more expensive up front, but can save you lots of money down the line. Especially since Lithium ion and NiMH batteries last much longer than the standard AA.
While reading Mr. Goldman’s article, I clicked over to this digital camera buying guide, and found it VERY helpful. It splits out the digital camera buyers into categories like “Snapshooter,” “Business User,” “Serious Amateur,” etc. Did I mention that I found this article to be very thorough, easy to use, and helpful?
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