Digital cameras are no different than other consumer electronics products. Cost of ownership is not only the amount paid to purchase the camera. In many cases, consumers end up spending more money on accessories and other ancillary products. If these additional costs in the budget to buy a camera, only to find it is not operable without more resources.
When buying a new camera consumers usually compare different camera features and prices in different stores. However, users often fail to check what is included with the camera, they plan to buy or more importantly what is not included. Some attention to detail needed to assess the real camera, and budget accordingly.
Below is a simple list of things to check and add to the budget for a new camera:
Memory card: All digital cameras store photos on a memory device. Usually a removable memory card is used. Most cameras include basic small memory card. For example, many cameras today come with 32 MB of memory. The small memory card can contain trace amounts of photos and impractical. When buying a camera always make sure to check how much memory is included. Then evaluate how much memory you need (for example, if you're going to take lots of photos and wont have a computer handy to dump them on you will have a larger memory card). The next step is to check the prices of such memory cards and budgeting your camera purchase.
Batteries: All cameras battery that powers it. There are many types of batteries such as standard AA or AAA or proprietary rechargeable batteries. Regardless of the type of battery when buying the camera check what batteries it uses and what batteries. Also check what is the expected battery life. For example, you probably need to buy an extra battery if your photo sessions are longer than the battery. Make sure your budget is the price of additional batteries before purchasing the camera.
PC connectivity: Any digital camera will eventually be connected to a computer to upload photos. The most common methods of connectivity are USB and connect directly to a computer, the camera's memory card. Make sure your camera has a USB cable to connect to your computer. If you want to connect your computer directly to a removable memory adapter budget that can overcome the memory card on your computer and available slots.
Carrying case: Most cameras do not include carrying case. Carrying Case for most users is not a must have accessory. If you want to have a carrying case, make sure you are shopping for the right one before buying the camera, and that the costs of your budget.
Lenses: High-end cameras, such as digital SLR often require additional lenses. When reviewing your camera check what lenses come with a camera. If you are an amateur or professional photographer, and you know you need more lenses to choose lenses to suit your camera and budget their costs. Lenses can be very expensive and can sometimes cost more than the chamber. For example, buying SLR camera field of photography, the zoom lens, make sure you budget such lenses that fit the camera you plan to buy.
External flash: In most cases, an external flash is not necessary. However, this is a good idea to check what external flash devices are compatible with your camera and what their price range. If you are an amateur or professional photographer and you know that you will need an external flash to your camera without a built-in-one to make sure that you shop that can work with your camera and budget its cost before buying the camera. External flash devices prices can vary and can be expensive. Some high-end external flashes can cost more than the chamber.
In summary it is important to remember that the budget is not only the basic camera price but also the required and optional accessories prices. For example, if you're going to take pictures of household and you need lots of memory card and an external flash, make sure that your budget those accessories before purchasing the camera. Failing to do so can spend the entire budget of the camera just to find out it is worthless without some of the necessary accessories and more to invest.