There a lot of options to consider when choosing a camera. Do you trust buying one on-line or do you go to a big-box store with clerks that can be less than helpful? Do you want a point and shoot model or one with all the bells and whistles?

Choosing a camera is clearly not a simple task.

You can start with a camera that costs $100 and go on up to one that can cost several thousand dollars. Even if you have a budget and stick to it, you’ll find several models at your price point that may be difficult to choose from.

Let’s consider several things when choosing a camera.

Point and shoot cameras. Many of these cameras are small, easy to use, and less expensive. Others, however, can be pro models with manual exposure controls, longer zooms, and better sensors. The less expensive models likely won’t give you any better pictures than you’ll get with the camera on your phone.

Pros to keep in mind when choosing a camera of this type are: Less expensive, easy to use, lightweight, easy to carry.

Cons to remember: Small buttons, probably no viewfinder on most of them.

Bridge style megazooms. When choosing a camera of this type, expect to spend anywhere from $200 to $500. These cameras have long zoom lenses that give you lots of shooting flexibility in a compact camera.

If you want to move on up in the camera world, pick an advanced compact camera. Choosing a camera of this type will cost you between $500 and $1500. They will produce higher-quality images, but also are larger.

Pros of choosing a camera of this type: Good for all-around use, has a lot of manual controls, usually has major zoom capability.

Cons of choosing a camera of this type: Fixed, not interchangeable lenses, compact sensor not as good as DSLR cameras.

Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC). The next type of camera of consider when choosing a camera is the ILC. Better than a point and shoot, usually less bulky than a DSLR. Five hundred to several thousand dollars, they offer more options for creativity and better images.

Pros for choosing a camera of this type: Faster speeds, lighter and more compact than a DSLR, quiet, better for video usage.

Cons for choosing a camera of this type: Fewer lenses and accessories compared to DSLR.

DSLR. Can go up to $5000 each, plus lenses. Can cover the range from consumer users to pros. Image quality and longevity can be better than a compact camera due to larger sensors.

Pros of choosing a camera of this type: Better details in photos, more manual controls, lots of lenses and accessories.

Cons of choosing a camera of this type: More expensive, bulky, hard to hold in one hand, steep learning curve.

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