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Camera Buying Guide

No matter what kind of photographer you are (or are buying for), this camera buying guide will help you make the right decision.

Everyone loves taking pictures, so it's no surprise that digital cameras are so popular. Unfortunately, selecting a good camera can sometimes be a little challenging. Use this guide to find the right camera for you — or your favorite shutterbugs.

Good Cameras for Casual Clickers:

For many, photography is reserved for special occasions such as birthday parties, reunions or holidays. If that sounds like you, or the person you're shopping for, stick to the basics and select an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera. Don't worry about megapixels, since they'll mostly view photos on a computer or occasionally make small prints.

Good Cameras for the Teenager:

Give the kids a chance to document their glory days. Disposable cameras are a good start for little ones, but a point-and-shoot camera with image stabilization will help teens take better shots. While they're getting the hang of things, a waterproof camera will also give you peace of mind — and give rise to some fun photo ops.

Good Camera for the Hobbyist:

Know someone who likes to dabble with snapshots? They'll probably love most any digital camera, but a point and shoot or low-end digital SLR camera that records HD video will give them more to tinker with.

Good Cameras for the College Student:

Your high-school graduate will have plenty of new life experiences to document. A mid-range point-and-shoot camera they can store in their backpack or pocket while walking around campus will do nicely. Also consider models with built-in wireless, which encourages frequent photo sharing with family members back home, especially handy since many colleges offer free Wi-Fi across campus.

Good Cameras for the Photo Buff:

Every family has someone with a magic touch — that person who makes taking good pictures look so easy! Reward their special talents with a top-notch digital SLR, complete with HD 1080p video-recording capabilities so they can also try their hand at being the next Steven Spielberg.

Click on through to find out more about other Camera Features to Consider.

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