Megapixels are a consideration when shopping for a digital camera, but megapixel count alone is not the answer to producing a great looking image. I’ve found that more people are interested in learning about the other features camera manufacturers are providing. Following are a few:
Better lens quality – lenses that gather more light and offer wide-angle views.
Improved sensor quality – enables camera to produce images with less noise, reduces shutter lag.
Image stabilization – reduces camera shake that creates image blur and allows you to capture sharper images in low light.
Face detection – sets the proper focus and exposure on up to (9) human faces.
Multiple point focusing – Blurry, out-of-focus images are one of the biggest photo problems for most people. There are many possible reasons why this occurs, a few are, camera shake, low light and slow shutter speeds, a moving subject, shallow depth of field, and improper focus. More autofocus digital cameras now use multiple AF sensors to assist you by providing a wide focusing area. For example, the Canon Digital Rebel XTi uses a 9 point autofocus system that provides nine distinct spots where it can measure focus. With all nine points activated, the camera automatically analyzes the scene and determines which focus point to use. This gives you broad coverage for sharp pictures even when shooting off-center subjects.
Alternatively, with all the focus points activated the camera typically focuses on the subject that is nearest the lens and this may not be the exact area of the scene you want to focus on. For example, if you’re taking a portrait, your subject’s nose is closest to the lens but you want to focus on the eyes. By manually selecting one of the multiple focusing points, you can be very precise with your focus and gain creative control over your image.
Nothing is more frustrating than realizing the photograph you took during that magical moment just didn’t turn out as you had hoped. By purchasing a camera that makes it easy to capture a quality image, you’ll find that your photos begin to improve and you can have more fun taking pictures!