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The Average User's Guide To Camera Shopping

The massive leaps and bounds in digital camera technology over the last 5 years have finally resulted in decent and high quality merchandise that is readily available to even an entry level user. Though the phrase “you get what you pay for&r...

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Taking the Challenge Out of Taking the Group Photo

Taking a group photo can be challenging, but the result is a shot that showsthegroup dynamics -- quirkiness and all.Taking a family photo—it seemed so simple, just yell out “say cheese” and then snap—but then you realized A...

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Why Shop Online for Cameras? It's Cheaper!

While big box stores like Circuit City, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart have hundreds of locations, million dollar ad campaigns, and big corporate backing, they simply cannot compete with the Internet when it comes to finding the absolute best price...

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Buying A Digital SLR

Picking out a digital camera used to be simple. After all, there were fewer choices. You could buy a pocket-sized, easy-to-use compact camera, or an intimidating and expensive professional digital single-lens reflex model.But the market has change...

The Smartphone vs. the Camera: 5 Reasons Cameras Take Better Photos

As smartphones continue to rise in popularity and quality, more and more people are doubting their need for a separate, dedicated camera. It's easy to just pull a phone out of a pocket, snap, then share the moment as it happens. Smartphones are co...

The Everyday Users Guide To Shopping For A Camera

The massive leaps and bounds in digitalcamera technology over the last 5 years have finally resulted indecent and high quality merchandise that is readily available to evenan entry level user. Though the phrase “you get what you pay for”still ring...

Superzooms Vs. dSLRs: Which Should You Buy?

When photography starts to become a hobby and you're stepping up to a more serious camera than your $150 compact, you'll likely find yourself at a crossroads: do you buy a superzoom or a dSLR? Do you save money and go for extra zoom and out-of-the...

Photokina 2012: The Prosumers get the Goods

Every two years, thousands of photo enthusiasts and imagingcompanies descend upon Cologne for Photokina, the “world’s leading imagingfair.” If you’ve been following DigitalCamera-HQ at all over the past few weeks,you’ve most likely noticed the doz...

Buying Your First Digital Camera

1. Size Things Up AppropriatelyThe first thing you should consider is how your new camera will be used. Is this camera going to be with you at all times? Or will it just be taken out for special occasions? Ultracompact cameras are best if you expe...

Digital Cameras: The Top 12 Things You Need to Know

1) Resolution is less important than you thinkThere is a popular misconception that more megapixels lead to better pictures. This is not the case.Sure, higher resolution gives you the ability to crop more aggressively or print large pictures, but ...

DSLR Vs. Mirrorless: Can Smaller Cameras Really Compete?

It's the “to be or not to be” question for photographers: DSLR or mirrorless? DSLRs are tried and true, but mirrorless cameras come in an enticingly small package. Can a small camera really measure up in a battle against a traditional giant? Well...

Frame it up: Five tips to shooting better photos

Good photos often don't center the subject and sometimes use objects in the foreground to add interest.Taking great pictures is about more than just having a good camera―expert photographers can take some pretty awesome shots with simple point and...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Best New Digital Cameras At CES

CES is a big show for Digital Camera HQ. Most cameras announced at CES are budget-friendly point-and-shoots; they don't necessarily excite the camera nerds out there, but they're our bread and butter. We walked what must have been miles back and f...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Panasonic Debuts 8x-Zooming, Leica-Lens Sporting FH25, Successor To DCHQ's Consumer Camera of the Year

Panasonic announced a modest bundle of new Lumix point-and-shoots at CES 2011, including the FH25, an update to Digital Camera HQ's favorite cheap camera of 2010. We loved last year's FH20 because it was the most well-rounded point-and-shoot out t...

Eight Pitfalls of Buying a Digital Camera

If you buy a digital camera from the wrong retailer, either online or off, you could end up spending hundreds of dollars too much, sacrificing your right to return a faulty product, or end up with an item not backed up by a manufacturer's warranty...

Trading In Your Digital Camera

With digital camera technology developing so rapidly, even last year’s cameras feel outdated. The latest and greatest advancements quickly become old news, leaving you to decide whether to settle for the older model or upgrade to the shiniest new ...

5 Questions To Ask Before You Buy A Digital Camera

As a salesperson, most customers I deal with try to buy a new digital camera the way I usually get stuck buying groceries: they're acting on impulse, and they haven't thought the decision through. They just want something, anything, and they want ...

Canon SD4500 Vs. Nikon S8100: CMOS Travel-Zoom Showdown

If you want a compact camera with a long zoom and decent low-light performance, the Canon SD4500 and Nikon S8100 are two of the most popular options at the moment. We do have full reviews of both models, which we encourage you to read, but the hea...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Samsung Unveils NX11 Mirrorless Update, Handful of Compact Zooms and DualViews

While the biggest camera companies debuted only point-and-shoots or no cameras at all during CES 2011, a few smaller players, including Samsung, broke out some bigger firepower at the Las Vegas Convention Center last weekend. Sammy's headliner was...

Build A Photo Studio For Free

Whether you’re showcasing your Etsy handicrafts, snapping portraits of the relatives, or cashing in on the stock-photo market, using a make-shift photo studio can improve your pictures. Several retailers sell home studio kits complete with backdro...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Fujifilm Teases X100 Advanced Compact (We Go Hands-on), Shows Latest EXR Lineup of Compact Zooms and Superzoom

In terms of sheer numbers, Fujifilm had the biggest showing at CES 2011. They unveiled 16 brand-new FinePix cameras, and teased the crowd with some X100 prototypes. The X100 is a serious piece of equipment, packing an APS-C CMOS sensor (that's the...

CES 2011 Wrap-Up: Casio Debuts Shapeshifting TRYX Hybrid Cam

Casio went all in at CES with the TRYX, a camera/camcorder hybrid with a unique rotating frame and LCD design. They're serious about this one: The Las Vegas Convention Center monorail station was covered in a TRYX poster, and the booth demos echoe...

Digital Photo Frame Shopping Guide

A digital frame the rarest of gifts, a sentimental gadget. You can load it up with pictures of you and your friends and family. And since the frames haven't been flying off the shelves this year, they're available at substantial discounts.Here are...

Nikon D700: Why I Went Full-Frame & Why You Don't Need To

A few weeks ago, I acquired a secondhand Nikon D700. This was my first step outside the somewhat insular world of Pentax dSLRs, and it felt like a momentous change for me. For a long time I’d felt like an outsider looking in on the “pro” tools res...

CES 2013: Mirrorless Digital Cameras

The mirrorless camera category is continuing to grow. They are a great balance between quality and size, offering large sensors and thus excellent images while not being nearly as large or heavy as traditional SLRs (or single-lens reflex) models, ...

Stock Photo Agencies: Make Money From Your Photos

Want to make money off those vacation photos? Put your photos up in a stock agency, where images are showcased and sold to web sites, magazines, and other publications. As long as you don’t mind your vacation photos appearing in advertisements for...

Camera Etiquette: The Dos and Don'ts Of Digital Photography

DO respect the signage. If a sign says, “No Photography,” then put your camera away. If a sign says, “No Flash Photography,” then turn off the flash! It's pretty straightforward, and those signs are there for a reason. If you want a photo of that ...

A Salesman's Patience: It Isn't The Camera That Makes You Look Big, Ma'am

I've worked as a retail salesperson for years (in addition to freelance writing), and I can tell you that camera sales can be tough work. By understanding what a camera salesperson goes through on a daily basis, my hope is that you can learn to re...

Batteries: Choosing the Camera with the Right Kind of Power

We've all been there--the camera is set, that perfect moment finally hits, you press the shutter release and…your batteries die. Batteries are often overlooked when researching a new digital camera and simply categorized as chargeable or disposabl...

Using Manual Modes on Your Digital Camera

Have you seen those superb pictures of silky-smooth waterfalls and wished you could replicate them? Does your kid play a mean game of soccer but you can only manage to capture him or her as a blur? Automatic scene modes work pretty well for a majo...