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Remember that you’re going to be using this thing where ever you want to take a photo, so how it feels to you is the most important thing.

You could have all the technology in the world sitting in the most expensive camera ever and still not end up with good images, because the tool just didn’t feel right when you pulled it out.

So when you’re looking for a camera, always see if it feels right for you. Like a new car or a pair of shoes, you’ll know it when it feels right.

4. Go with brands you trust

No matter what anyone says, no one can take away the experience brands have left you with in the past. If Brand X burned you, don’t buy Brand X. It’s as simple as that.

Photographers generally stick to the rule that you buy a camera from a company who makes cameras, but as companies buy out other companies, this line is becoming muddled. Instead, it’s so much easier to buy from people you’ve heard good things about, which brings me to my next point…

5. You get what you pay for

There’s no getting past the simple fact that you will always get what you pay for. No matter how good of a value that $99 camera seems, it’s still not going to be very good.

Oh sure, it may have 12 megapixels and face detection plus a whole bunch of other features that the sales guy said makes it perfect for you, but at a price point like that, don’t expect it to be brilliant. Because it won’t be.

The models further up in price will likely have better video features, high quality glass which gives you clearer images, and more speed to name but a few things. For a lot of people, this won’t be that big of a deal, but for those of you looking for a camera to last you a while, you will want to keep this in mind.