While technology journalists and pundits have begun to claim that digital cameras are being destroyed in the marketplace by smart phones, the opposite is actually true.
While smart phones are actually removing the market for small cameras with minimal features, like the flip, smartphones are also introducing many people to the world of digital photography. Many of these individuals are users who would have been averse to digital cameras (especially expensive ones) before trying digital photography on their phones.
If you are interested in digital photography, it is worth exploring the different types of digital cameras on the market. That way, you can be sure that you are buying the right type a digital camera. Keep in mind that there are two main brands on the market for high quality digital cameras: Canon and Nikon. These two brands are both incredibly high quality. When buying a camera, it is simply necessary to look at each camera's individual strengths and weaknesses.
Point and shoot cameras
The entry level digital camera is a point and shoot camera. These are small cameras that can fit in your pocket, and typically have built in flash, live preview, and a larger image sensor than a camera on a phone. The larger image sensor is what allows point-and-shoot cameras to have higher-quality images then smartphone cameras can. While this gap is quickly eroding, point and shoot cameras still have the edge over smart phones.
When buying a compact digital camera, or point and shoot, look at the number of megapixels in the camera. This will tell you the resolution with which the digital camera will take pictures. Also ensure that the image sensor is deep enough to take good pictures. Deep image sensors and lensesallows for depth perception. (This is why the best cameras are very thick and give the illusion of depth).
A point and shoot camera is not a bad start when looking for a digital camera. It will not provide professional quality pictures, but it is a great entry level or portable camera.
Digital Single Lens Reflex Cameras
When most people talk about buying a high-end camera, they are talking about digital single lens reflex cameras, or DSLR's. DSLRs are deep and somewhat heavy. You can buy new lenses for DSLR cameras, which allow you to choose the specific lens for the type of picture you are going to take. One primary benefit of using a DSLR cameras to take pictures is that DSLR cameras allow for depth of field perception. This means the subjects that are in the foreground appear, while subjects that are in the background are less clear. This allows you to hold in on your subject without it being caught in a number of insignificant details.
One final tip: whichever camera you buy, do not fiddle around with the settings. Simply take pictures. This way, you can learn how to frame your pictures, make good use of light, and hold your camera at proper angles. What's you become adept at these things, you can begin fiddling with lenses. Until then, however, fiddling will simply be a distraction.
Don't distract yourself. Just take pictures.