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Touchscreen Digital Camera Buying Guide & Recommendations

written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 10/30/2010

Finding a touchscreen digital camera that is perfect for you requires a balancing act involving the features of the camera, the image quality and the price. Here are some suggestions on what you need to consider when looking for a digital touchscreen camera.

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    Introduction

    Are you looking to buy a touchscreen digital camera? Whether it is for you or your loved ones, there are certain considerations you need to think about when buying this kind of camera other than the image quality of photos you can take with it. The following are some tips and suggestions for you to consider when shopping around for a good digital touchscreen camera.

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    The Basics

    Naturally, the first thing you need to consider is the image quality of a camera since your main purpose for buying one is, of course, taking quality photos. The number of megapixels on a camera is a good indication of the kind of quality you can expect from the digital camera. Design, size, battery life and price are some of the other basic things you need to consider when buying a digital camera. The battery life, specifically, needs to be put into the list of things that are important in a touchscreen digital camera because the touchscreen capability adds more battery consumption to the camera. The price is also a bit steeper than digital cameras without touchscreen capability.

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    Touchscreen

    Kodak Slice Touchscreen Digital Camera A touchscreen capability adds more features to a digital camera like placing the focus on a certain subject on the display. Some cameras even let you focus and shoot right from the touchscreen display. Aside from controlling the camera when shooting and focusing, the touchscreen display also makes browings photos on the display easier and smoother. Some cameras may not have a smooth performance in terms of interface, so you need to find out if the touchscreen capability in a device does more good to your photography experience than bad.

    The size of the display also plays a part in making your decision. The touchscreen capability will not be of any use if the display is too small to be efficient and functional. Usability is the main concern when you are considering a touchscreen digital camera, so that is what you look at first when looking around. Other than the increased demand on battery life and the possible slower performance of the interface, another downside of a digital camera with a touchscreen display is that it may affect the quality of the images. Some cameras sacrifice some features and image quality for the touchscreen capability to lower costs, so it is up to you if the marriage of the touchscreen display and the other features are acceptable for you.

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    Other Features

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Face recognition, built-in image editor and other non-basic digital camera features may be present in some the models, but not in others. As previously stated, some cameras drop some of these extra features to accommodate the touchscreen interface and the features in brings with it. You can choose to get a camera that has as many extra features as you can possibly need, but the issue then will become the price. At the end of the day, it is up to you to find the right balance between image quality, features, touchscreen capability and price to make the best choice for a touchscreen digital camera.

    Recommended cameras with touchscreen feature are the Kodak Slice Touchscreen Camera and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2 Digital Camera.

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    References

    http://touchdigitalcamera.com/touch-screen-digital-camera-buying-guide/

    http://reviews.cnet.com/touch-screen-cameras/