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Beginner note: User interface, hard buttons are important!

by pamelad / April 7, 2006 5:03 PM PDT

Lee,

One thing I'd suggest is making sure you check out your prospective camera's user interface and hard buttons.

My first two digital cameras had many fancy menu choices for stuff I'd never use, and commonly used options were buried under other menus. I fumbled around long enough with these problems to miss some great shots.

You'll have a learning curve with any digital camera, but make sure you get a camera that feels somewhat intuitive to you.

Clearly labeled hard buttons for the functions you think you'll most commonly use, rather than having to go through menu options, help, too.

Sorry if this has been addressed. It's such a great question with so many helpful answers that I could have easily missed the topic.

Also make sure your camera has almost no shutter lag. You can miss great shots because of it, and I have experienced that, courtesy of my first two digital cameras. Just a couple seconds of lag can make you miss the shot, and it's awkward getting everybody to say, "Cheese, say Cheese again, say it again, -- click -- here we go."

You don't have to spend mega-bucks to get a camera with the "essentials" I suggest.

For example, I use a little Canon Digital Elph that's exactly the width and height of a (3/4" thick) credit card. It goes almost everywhere with me and takes surprisingly decent pictures. My other camera is a much more expensive Canon Digital Rebel XP.

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