Good Questions: Choosing a Digital Camera?

Good Questions: Choosing a Digital Camera?

Apr 20, 2007

Dear Home Tech,

I'm in the market for a new digital camera... and would like to upgrade a bit! Any cameras that you recommend? Also, would you buy a refurbished camera to save some money? What should I be looking for?

Clueless in Maryland.

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Dear Clueless,

We get the sense you're wanting to upgrade from a "point and click" digital camera. If you want great pics, we whole-heartedly recommend upgrading to a digital SLR (Single-Lens Reflex), like our fave, the Canon Rebel XT. The Digital Rebel XT is a great camera to learn on and upgrade with different lenses after you've gotten some experience. And prices on those have dropped over the past few years to around $600. However, what type of camera you buy really depends on your usage and expertise. There are a ton of resources out there that can help you choose what would work best for you, including: Guide

And don't be deterred from thinking a SLR camera is too complicated for you. You can take a class at your local community center or university to help you become more comfortable. We also highly recommend this book.

Readers, any advice or other resources? Does anyone have experience with buying a refurbished camera?

(Thanks Drift Words for the photo!)

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