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Buying Digital Cameras in South Africa: Reviews & Guides


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Buying digital camera in South Africa can be determined by lot of factors. With the ranges that each brand offers you will have to choose the brand you like most between HP, SamsungNikon, Canon, Sony, Minolta, Kodak, Pentax, Olympus, Fuji and Panasonic. The following guide is written for someone who is interested in buying a digital camera. Will try and discuss almost all the brands together with their prices. 

More details on digital camera

What is a digital camera? It is a camera that captures video, photographs or can do both digitally by copying images via an electronic image sensor. Digital cameras have replaced film cameras. This is because there are things that digital cameras do that film cameras do not do like displaying images immediately after they are taken. Another factor will be storing as much as you can images on a single small memory card and it’s easy to delete some images you do not want for space.

Tips on buying digital camera

  • Start out gradually: unless time is against you and you need the camera immediately, my advice will be to start with an inexpensive camera so that you can become familiar with how to use the camera. After that experience you will then buy a camera that has all the features you want. 
  • Terminology: When buying digital cameras in South Africa you will have to understand the language that is used in the camera industry. 
  • Batteries: People tend to forget to ask what the type of batteries that the camera will need. Also for how long will they last and how long should you charge them?  
  •  Know your budget, sales people are there to make sales at the end of the day. Avoid their sweet talk because you will end up buying a very costly camera that you do not need.  
  •  Talk to other people: Find out what were the challenges that they faced so that you can avoid them. 

Those were there few tips that you should keep in mind when buying digital cameras in South Africa. Digital cameras are divided into 4 types let us look at those groups in details.

Types of digital cameras

  • Compact: this is the well known category when it comes to cameras. It represents the best value for money. Cameras from this category are said to have the best quality in pictures and have good features. This will be Canon Power Shot SX 130 IS 12.1, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W 350 14.1 MP Digital, Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 and Fujifilm fine Pix F80EXR to mention a few.  Click here to see some of these cameras and compare their prices.


  • Ultra compacts: These types of cameras I will say they are good for ladies. The reason I am saying that is simple because they are tiny enough to fit in bags. This is not the most ideal camera to have if you want respectable pictures. These include the Canon Ixus 130, Casio Exilim EX-FS10 and Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP. 


  • Enthusiast: These are cameras that one could buy. The reason is simple because they have better lenses, have more features and you can do large prints. They will offer zoom lens and have faster performance. These cameras are good if you do not want to spend more money in them.Examples are the Canon EOS 60D, Nikon D3100 14.2 and Fujifilm linstax Mini 7S.PriceCheck.co.zais one place where you can get these items at discount prices. 


  • Super zooms: They are more or less the same with enthusiast cameras, the difference is that they include a 10X optical zoom lenses. This camera is good one for long zooms. This will include Canon Powershot SX20 IS, Casio EX-FH25, Fujifilm FinePix HS10, Kodak Z981, Nikon Coolpix P100, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38, Pentax X90 and Samsung WB5000. 


  • D-SLR: this is the last type of camera. This is a camera that many professionals use.  They also produce the best images of any digital camera. Chose this type of camera if you want the best print quality at 8x10 or even higher. Nikon D90, Canon EDS 50D and Sony Alpha A900. 

Those are the different types of cameras that you will find when buying digital cameras in South Africa. You have seen that not only does the brand matter even the types do.

From the above article I want to believe that you got all the information on buying digital cameras in South Africa. If you make use of the given information you will find it easy to buy any digital camera at any time. With the help of the tips and guides that I have mentioned it will be no problem.


  • Digital cameras have ranges that differ from each brand.  
  • A digital camera is a camera that captures video, photographs or can do both digitally by copying images via an electronic image sensor  
  •  You must know your budget to avoid the sales people wanting you to buy more than expected and  
  • There are four types of digital cameras   

Additional information

The dos and the don’ts when purchasing a camera in South Africa and keeping it after buying.1) you have to always make it a point the camera do not contact water in any way, when you are interested in taking pictures near a water source make sure you cover it. 2) To have the battery for a longer period avoid previewing the files extremely with the put on view screen and lastly keep the camera lens clean and store it in its case when not in use.


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Other Sites to Consider

ehow.com You will find how to use digital camera

shortcourses.com You will get guides to buy cameras

imphotorepair.com From the page you will get general features of digital camera

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