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This camera selector is a guide designed SelectSmart.com to give you some camera recommendations. Use it to choose the camera that best suits you. Your specific individual results are based upon your stated preferences. Consider your results as a "second opinion". You might find that these questions will give you some points to ponder that you may not have considered before. This selector includes links to cameras for sale--many at discounted prices.

  • What sort of camera are you looking for?
  •   A new digital camera with the latest electronic features.
      A camera that's built into a smartphone.
      A camera that's built into a tablet computer.
      An older, classic film camera including used and reburbished models.

    1. What kinds of camera have you used the most in the past and how did you feel about the experience?
    Typical point and shoot; satisfied
    Typical point and shoot; greatly frustrated
    APS point and shoot; satisfied
    APS point and shoot; greatly frustrated
    Single-use (throw-away); satisfied
    Single-use (throw-away); greatly frustrated
    35mm SLR; thrilled
    35mm SLR; hated it (or hardly ever used it)
    Digital point and shoot;
    had fun playing with the cutting edge of technology
    Digital point and shoot;
    frustrated, found it to be more like the 'bleeding edge'
    Digital SLR; tickled pink
    Digital SLR; disappointed
    Medium/large format; enjoyed it
    Medium/large format; too difficult, too bulky, or too confusing
    You don't know what kind you used
    You've never used a camera before in your life
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    2. Generally speaking, how far away are you going to be from your subject?
    Normal
    Far (e.g. on the sidelines of a soccer field)
    Way far (e.g. photographing birds in trees)
    Close (kids, pets, etc.)
    Way close (flowers, bugs, etc.)
    You are not sure how far but you know you need a zoom lens
    You are not sure how far but you know you need macro possibilities
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    3. What do you see yourself using for the next 10 years or so? Would your ideal photographic set-up be comprised of one simple, self-contained camera or would it be flexible, scaleable, and include a selection of interchangeable lenses?
    One self-contained camera
    A camera with an assortment of lenses
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    4. What is the number one reason you are considering buying a new camera?
    To take family snapshots
    To take pictures while traveling
    To take pictures for your job (insurance, real estate, etc.)
    To make serious artistic statements
    To learn with during a photography class
    To take better pictures than your current poor quality camera
    To upgrade from your creatively-limited point and shoot
    To make a little money taking portraits and wedding pictures
    To make a little money with a digital studio business
    To have a back-up for your SLR
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    5. What kinds of subjects do you see yourself photographing the most?
    People
    Children
    Places you visit
    Pets
    Intramural and family sports
    Professional sports
    Adventure sports
    Flowers
    Natural landscapes
    Sunsets and sunrises
    Product shots
    Architecture
    Close ups
    Abstracts
    Shadows, lines, patterns, perspective, etc.
    Wildlife
    Underwater Scenes
    Aerial Scenes
    Snow scenes
    Baby on a bearskin rug
    Night scenes: lightning, fireworks, the moon, etc.
    Flowing (time-lapse) waterfalls, rivers, traffic lights, etc.
    Small objects like insects, stamps, coins, etc.
    The family during holidays
    Candids
    Special effects
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    6. How do you envision yourself using your photos?
    Putting 3x5", 4x6", or 5x7" prints into an album or scrapbook
    Getting 8x10", 11x14", or bigger enlargements;
    possibly framing these prints/posters for display on the wall
    Presenting them in slide shows
    Emailing them to friends and family
    Sharing them via a Web site
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    7. Do you have a need of immediate results?
    Yes
    No
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    8. Do you already know you want one of the following?
    A digital camera
    A film-based camera
    Either one
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    9. How much do you plan to spend getting your images developed at a photo lab?
    $0 (and you love your computer)
    $0 (you want to use your own darkroom)
    Under $5 a roll
    Under $10 a roll
    Under $15 a roll
    Over $15 a roll is fine
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    10. Does the thought of handling negatives or film frighten you? Have you ever brought the whole camera into the lab and asked the person behind the counter to remove the film for you?
    Yes
    No
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    11. How do you feel about panoramic photos?
    You love em! Gotta do them all the time
    You like the idea of stitching photos together with a computer software program
    You like to take them occasionally
    Could not care less
    What's a panoramic?
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    12. Do you generally treat things like cameras with extreme care or do they get banged around a bit?
    You are meticulous and careful
    You're a little more relaxed
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    13. Do you have any special requirements? This camera will:
    Get slightly misted from time to time (light rain, waterfall mist, a day at the beach)
    Occasionally go underwater with you (snorkling, scuba diving, etc.)
    Preferably be the topic of many party conversations
    Need to be relatively small (to fit into your pocket or purse)
    Need to be extremely small and discreet (like a spy camera!)
    Need to have manual override possibilities
    Need to have auto-everything
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

    14. How much are you willing to spend?
    Note: Check the Amazon "Info & Items" links after each result listings for big discounts and special savings on new, used and refurbished cameras.
    Under $100
    $101-$200
    $201-$300
    $301-$400
    $401-$500
    $501-$600
    $601-$700
    $701-$800
    $801-$1000
    Over $1000
    Prioritize your choice above:
    Low Priority High Priority

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