Snappy Tips: How to Buy a Digital Camera without Blowing your Budget?

By Charles Hopkins Published 05/7/2006 | Hobbies

A digital camera is one gadget that has only increased in popularity since its invention. Today, the digital camera market is flooded with ever-newer models and updated versions of existing models that create a true problem of plenty when you try to buy one. To top it all, even when you have finally settled on a particular model, you are stumped by the price. How many of you have wondered how to buy a digital camera without blowing your budget? For all of you, this article intends to tell you about inexpensive digital camera options, as well as offer a few tips for new digital camera buyers.

First of all, dont go overboard in your enthusiasm to own the gizmo. Think about whether you really need to invest a whole lot of money on a very advanced model that you may have little use for. After all, most people use digital cameras to take family photos and email them to relevant friends and relatives. Would such users have any use for cutting edge digital technology? Probably not, so if you are among them, you could very well consider a basic and relatively cheap model in the two-mega pixel range for between 100 and 200.

However, for slightly more advanced uses, such as taking photographs to post online for commercial purposes, you will need a camera that will take pictures at close or very close range, which means you will be best off investing in a 3-4 mega pixel digital camera. Earlier, these cameras were beyond the reach of the average buyer, but prices are falling and it is now quite possible to buy such a camera in the 300-350 range, particularly from online auctions.

There are still more users who need a digital camera for such technical purposes as web page hosting and desktop publishing. In that case, you will need at least a 4-5 mega pixel camera, with plenty of advanced features. These dont come cheap, obviously, so you have to be absolutely sure that you need them before investing in them.

Once you have considered all these factors, you come to the question: how to buy a digital camera without blowing your budget. In order to answer that question, you have to contend with the enormous range of options available in the market today, and still come up with an affordable option.

The first thing you should know is that digital cameras can be purchased wholesale or retail, but the first is obviously a cheaper option. Heres where the Internet comes in. even a casual search will give you several opportunities to compare prices courtesy price comparison engines that will browse the Internet for the best prices on digital cameras. How many price comparison engines you look at is up to you, but our advice is to check up on as many as possible. Of course, you have to know exactly what make and model you want before checking up on prices, but once again, you will get a very good idea of your requirements from online stores.

Also, nothing can beat word of mouth when it comes to buying electronic gadgets. Ask friends and relatives and you will surely find someone who has managed to buy a digital camera at a cheap rate. Alternatively, if you can find a few others who are also looking to buy digital camera, you may be able to obtain a discount from the manufacturer for buying in bulk.

Finally, however, always verify the credentials of a website very carefully before buying online. You dont need us to tell you that the Internet is the worlds biggest source of scams. So if a price seems too good to be true, chances are that it is. For all you know, the website may charge you a large amount of extra costs as accessories prices or shipping prices, so the price doesnt really remain as low as promised. And whatever you do, DONT send advance payments. Payment on delivery is the one and only option.