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Question: Buying a digital camera for the first time!! -VERY NERVOUS!?
I am purchasing a digital camera for the first time!. I am going to do this online!. I have never bought one before and know nothing about cameras!. I love taking pictures though!.!.!.regular casual, everyday pictures and also creative ones!.

I am not a professional photographer but I love photography!. I need a camera that will have some some special effects and also a camera that has video on it!.

any suggestions!? thanksWww@QuestionHome@Com

Best Answer - Chosen by Asker:
People so often ask: "Which one is a good camera to buy!?"
Here is my 10 cents on the subject:

Point & Shoot cameras are wonderfully handy because of their small size!.
When light conditions are ideal, they even take really nice photos - all of them do!.

However, they all DO have limitations - they don't do very well in low light situations (i!.e!. noisy photos, hard to avoid blur, etc)!. The little onboard flash is very harsh at close range, and doesn't reach very far!.
Many of them have no manual functions, so you are limited to only very basic photos, you can't compensate for unusual situations, or do many fun "tricks" and special effects!.
P&S's also suffer from frustrating shutterlag and many of them chew through batteries rather quickly!.

However, if you're ok with all those limitations, then go ahead and pick one, most of them (the same type and same price range) are rather similar!. Personally I would pick either a Canon or a Nikon, and would certainly stay away from Kodak!.

A higher end P&S will give you more manual options and better quality!. Many of those even give you the option of adding a proper flash (which makes a big difference to your flash photos)!.

Don't worry too much about megapixels…!. there is a limit to how many pixels you can squash into a tiny P&S sensor before you actually LOSE quality rather than gain it!.
Don't worry about digital zoom, in fact, don't EVER use it!. It simply crops away pixels , i!.e!. destroys information!. The only real zoom is optical!.

Decide which features are important to you, and look for cameras that have that feature!.
Then go compare a few models on www!.dpreview!.com !.

The very best thing you can do for your success is to borrow some books and learn about basic photography!. A bit of knowledge will make a much bigger difference to your photos than your choice of P&S camera can!.

For what it's worth - if I was in the market for a P&S camera right now, my choice would be a Canon Powershot SX10 IS http://www!.usa!.canon!.com/consumer/contro!.!.!.Www@QuestionHome@Com

nothing wrong with shopping online but first, if your from the uk, ever heard of jessops!? if so they will tell you everything you want to know!.
i went in there the other day as im looking to buy a camera myself and they couldnt be more helpful!. i love photography myself, looking to do a college course in it, i mentioned that and they showed me the best make they thought was right, dont be afraid to ask stupid questions!.
and to be honest i know nothing about cameras either!. they were going on about something i didnt know of, i felt like right prat asking about it, but im glad i did now!.Www@QuestionHome@Com