They say that it's not the camera but that photographer that makes pictures pop. While that is true, having the proper tools to take great pictures also counts and no hours of Photoshop rage or photography skills can compensate for a camera with excellent features. But with the plethora of camera units to choose from in the market, picking the right tool to satisfy your photography curiosity becomes a tedious task.

How on earth can you pick the right camera for you with all these choices and brands available on the market? Whether you are a pro, a photographer wannabe or a simple family man wanting to buy a camera as a gift to your kids, here are sure-fire camera features that you should not miss if you want to get your money's worth.


The common sales pitch of camera distributors is the megapixel or how much millions of picture elements the camera sensor is "capable of reproducing", according to Richard Taylor, a BBC editor.

The common rule, according to Taylor, is this: the more the pixels, the higher the resolution and the more the details, while lower megapixel means fewer details and lower resolution.

Lens quality

The so-called pixel power is not the only basis in buying a good camera. Lens quality is another key feature that buyers must look into. Lens quality can be said as the heart of photography as bad lenses can permanently affect image quality-they can cause pictures to be blurry, lead to poor autofocus, and all in all, put all features of a camera to waste.


Camera lenses can either offer digital or optical zoom. An optical zoom gives you a close up with little loss of image quality. Digital zoom, on the other hand, it simply enlarges "the central area to fill the same are", and hence the resolution suffers. In essence, it is the optical zoom–preferably that which gives you up to 20x zoom–that brings the goods.


Look into the camera's battery life, battery type, and power-saving features. It is better to buy a camera with a rechargeable battery.

High ISO

It is best to look for cameras with high ISO for this enables you to control the camera shutter's light sensitivity. Cameras with high ISO shoots best even in low light.

Pictures capture important memories in our lives and since memories are irreplaceable, choose a camera that shoots those memories best.

Jennifer Franco is a creative writer, teacher and freelance language editor currently completing her master's degree in Language and Literature.

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