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Best Compact Digital Cameras

Cameras today are a streamlined version of their forerunners. Cameras of yesterday were large and clunky. Cameras now can be so small you can fit them on your keychain. Many wonder if you can get good quality in such a small camera, and the answer is yes. Here are a few of the best compact digital camera choices.

Canon Powershot A720

This is one of the best compact digital cameras and scores a five out of five stars in user ratings. Loaded with features it has 6x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. It has 8 megapixels that allow you to print great pictures as large as 11 x 14. It has a 2.5 color LCD so that you can view your photos right away. The optical image stabilizer reduces hand shake and the face detection feature helps you get the perfect shot each time. It has several focus modes that lets you focus on objects as close as .39 of an inch! It is PictBridge compatible so that you can print your pictures without using your computer. It has 8 white balance modes and 19 shooting modes, as well as 4 different movie modes. You have the option of using SD or MMC cards to store your images. Overall, this is a great compact camera with tons of great features. It is a great deal for only around $230.

HP Photosmart R847V

Another one of the best compact digital cameras out there is the HP Photosmart R847V. It also gets five out of five stars. It boasts 8 megapixels for great resolution and has an anti shake feature so your pictures are not blurry. It has a Fujinon lens that gives you 3x optical zoom and 8x digital zoom. For a compact digital camera it gives you a huge 3 color LCD screen. It is also PictBridge compatible and allows you to focus as close as .10 of an inch. It has 13 different picture modes as well as a movie mode. You have the option of using SD or SDHC memory cards. It has a great in-camera editing program so that you can enhance your pictures right on the camera. What makes this one of the best compact digital cameras is not only the amazing features, but also the amazing price. This great camera costs only around $150.

Xias DCS760

This camera is made by Norcent and is rated very highly as one of the best compact digital cameras. Users give this camera five out of five stars. It has a beautiful sleek design and offers 7 megapixels for high resolution. There is 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. The 2.5 color LCD lets you see all those great pictures immediately. It has 15 picture taking modes as well as a movie mode for greater versatility. It also has sound and a built in flash. An added bonus is that it comes with a case, a hand strap, and USB cables. This great compact digital camera is listed at $200.


Where to go to Find Digital Camera Ratings

Finding good digital camera ratings can be hard because the camera companies and stores want the ratings to be good and they want the cameras to sell. It is hard to know what information to trust, and what information may have been paid for by the companies that make or sell the cameras that you want to know about.

One way to help you get the most out of your research is to stick to the facts rather than relying on ratings anyway. If you know what kind of camera you are looking for and what features you really want or need, you can use your knowledge to narrow down the range of cameras and select by a preferred brand or a good price. Sometimes, though, the price is right because the quality is not the best. So how do you know if the camera is a good one or if it is worth much less than you are paying for it?

A favorite method of determining the real value of the camera is to ask the consumers instead of the professional reviewers. Stay away from the digital camera ratings sites and instead focus on sites like Amazon that allow their customers to comment on the books and other products that they sell on their web site.

To be sure you are getting an unbiased review, make sure that the reviewer has other posts elsewhere if it is possible to check, and make sure that they don't read like an advertisement for the camera. You should be able to get relatively good information by listening to what other people who have bought the same camera thought of it, making it easy to choose your new camera from among those that ranked highly among other consumers.

Sometimes popular opinion is flawed, of course, and the bad review about a particular feature might have come from someone who simply didn't understand how that feature was supposed to work. You can get your best reviews from popular opinion as long as you take that opinion with a grain of salt and don't let them convince you if your experience is different. You can even "give back" by adding your own reviews of products that you own and use.

There are lots of places to look for digital camera ratings, but if you are looking for an accurate picture of the camera that you want, check out the opinions of clients like you, satisfied or not.


Snap It. Or How to Turn Your Hobby Into A Cash Maker

You've just got your new digital camera and you literally cannot get your hands off it? Well that's a brilliant start of a new hobby and yet another way to earn some cash while having fun.

Digital photography became quite popular recently mainly because of the affordability of the digital cameras and photography equipment. While several years ago having a digital camera was a luxury, nowadays it is quite common. Yet another good news is that almost any digital camera is making decent if not perfect pictures so you really do not need to go for expensive professional equipment.

The first thing to do if you are after digital photography is to learn how to use your camera. Read the guide that came along it carefully and test all the functions. Make as many pictures as possible just to become familiar with the way the camera works. The next step is to gain some knowledge about photography. After all photography isn't all about being tech-savvy and knowing how to use a camera. It is about capturing a moment, conveying a message, sharing a feeling. A good place to start is the National Geographic site that will give you 90% of the information on the subject.

All set? Well, now it is time to think about how to earn some cash out of your hobby. In fact the ways to help your budget while enjoying digital photography are more than you have imagined. Here are some fresh ideas.

Go online.
Making pictures of anything you came across can earn you some money, especially if their quality is high. Simply look for image databases or poster websites. Many will accept your photos and will pay you if someone is interested in using your images.

People Photography.
Family, friends, co-workers - everybody has special moments they want captured. Graduations, birthdays, wedding, baby showers are just a few of the events you can go to and make fabulous pictures. Not only this - you can get paid for your service. Of course you can keep the best ones and still publish them online (see idea #1).

Freelance Photo Journalist.
Why don't you contact a local magazine or a newspaper and become a freelance photo journalist. All you will need to do is to go to various public events such as parades, pet contests, sport, fashion, celebrity events and take photos. You will be paid per image. While this might be more time consuming and exhausting job it has good prospects also. If you are doing well you might be offered a permanent photographer's position. In essence it is good example how your hobby can turn into a long-term job.

Become an Artist.
A bit more complicated and only for those who have artistic nature. Digital photography is not only making pictures of people and still life. It is about showing your point of view. For this reason there are many artists who do not paint or make sculptures but make photos. You can try the same. All you will need to do is to gather a sufficient amount of images and contact a local gallery to display them.


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