Find Your Back to School Camera

We’ve all heard the phrase “A picture is worth a thousand words”. It may be trite, but it’s also true—and a video is worth even more than that.

Photos and videos capture a moment in time. They can let a friend on the other side of town, or a relative across the country feel like they were there, and they’re a window to our own memories—triggers that can instantly take us back in time to relive experiences.

A decent camera makes all the difference. Whether you’re trying to capture a beautiful sunset, share a photo of a delicious meal, record a baby’s first steps, or talk face-to-face with a friend around the world, you want the image to be sharp and clear.

Most smartphones are equipped with a camera. In fact, many have cameras on both front and back so you can use the device as a traditional camera, or for engaging in video chat using a service like Skype. Smartphone cameras are exceptionally convenient because you almost always have your smartphone with you, and the quality of these tiny cameras has improved drastically in recent years.  The HTC One’s Ultrapixel camera has great low light sensitivity and fast shutter speed to reduce image blur.  Cameras built into Samsung and Nokia smartphones offer up to 41 megapixels and are even starting to integrate sophisticated photography features like manual focus and white balancing.

Still, for photos and videos that are important to you, you shouldn’t depend on your smartphone. Good digital photos are about much more than how many megapixels you can capture, and even a bargain point-and-shoot can often take better pictures than a top-of-the-line smartphone.  Mid-range digital cameras like the Samsung WB850F beat your smartphone with larger image sensors, better lenses, greater zoom capability, and vastly more ports and multimedia options to upload and share your photos.

If you’re serious about capturing quality photos or videos, though, you should invest in a DSLR camera body and lens like the Canon Rebel T4i. These are bulkier and much more expensive than a standard point-and-shoot, but the image capturing capabilities are far superior.  You’ll get wildly improved shutter speed, sharper colors, better sensitivity to light, vibrant HD video, and much more.  Plus, with interchangeable lenses, flashes, and other attachments, a good DSLR camera is as capable of capturing small moments as it is of filming a full-blown independent movie.

Don’t let moments pass you by. Browse this helpful list we've compiled to find the camera that suits you.

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