Originally Posted By: ecrofutt
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Try this link for a lesson in digital cameras. See the additonal tutorial links at the bottom of this page.
MegaPixels in cameras are like Horsepower in a car.
Unless you're towing a house trailer, you don't need 400 horses under the hood. (stolen analogy)
Unless you're looking for better than 35mm quality, your don't need more than 1.3 - 1.6 megapixels in your camera.
More important is storage capacity, battery life, ease of use, file size it creates, etc.
I use the Sony Cyber-Shot at 1.3 MegaPixels. Pictures come out at around 150KB file size. I use the FREE Microsoft PowerToys "Image Resizer" to further cut the file size to about 40 KB to 80KB.
Look about 1/2 way down the page on the right side. After I installed it, I just "highlight" the pictures I want to resize in Windows Explorer, right click, select "Resize Pictures" off the pop up menu, select options, and away they go to a smaller/larger file size.
One important (to me) feature of the Sony Cyber-Shot is that it has an "aiming beam" for when I'm taking flash pictures in dark areas. Kind of an orangeish light beam (similar to flashlight) that lets me make sure I'm pointing the camera at what I actually want to take a picture of. This is really handy in attics and crawl spaces. I don't even use the viewer or the eyepiece to aim in those locations, just point the beam and shoot. I always get what I aim at. (though sometimes I'm not aiming at what I really want to shoot because my elbow slipped or some such.
I also bought a larger (64MB) Smart Card to store pictures on.
I used to use regular double AA batteries and I'd go through a twelve pack in two inspections. I finally broke down and bought eight rechargeable batteries and a four battery recharger. I now seldom use more than two batteries in an inspection and have the spare rechargeables available when needed.
And if I had studied more, I'd of probably bought a cheaper one.
More is really more money.
Enough is enough money.
Get just what you need as cheap as possible and then you'll be able to upgrade after you have a better feel for exactly what you need.
Get an aiming beam on whatever camera you buy. They're great in attics and crawl spaces.
Fortunately, it survived a couple of oops, I dropped its.
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