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Refurbished Digital Cameras
The first thing you should ask about digital cameras is do you even need one any more? Many smartphones have very good digital cameras built right in, and the web cams that come with some netbooks or laptops are capable of providing you with descent still pictures of yourself. Those options are fine if you only take occasional pictures with not a lot of emphasis on quality. Of course, if you plan on taking tons of pictures and you want them to be very good quality -- or to display in a large resolution for printing -- then you'll still want a quality digital camera.
For those who have never had a digital camera before, you will notice some terms and features that you might not have ever heard before. The most important features to keep in mind while shopping for a refurbished digital camera are megapixels, optical zoom and compact flash memory.
Megapixels & Resolution
Megapixels define how much resolution a digital camera will record the scene at. With digital cameras, you actually have to "buy" resolution - if you buy too cheap a camera, the pictures it produces would be very coarse and blocky with little discernable detail.
Basically, the more pixels you have, the better your pictures will look.
For printing purposes, the amount of pixels you need depends on your intended use. If you just want to make small prints or take pictures for e-mailing, a camera with 1.3 megapixels or higher will work fine. With the recent advances in technology and reduction in prices, however, you really should not consider anything with less than 2.0 megapixels if your budget allows. At 3.0 megapixels and up is where you start seeing some great picture quality, capable of replacing a 35 mm camera for many nonprofessional users.
Keep in mind, however, that the better your pictures look, the larger the file sizes will be on your computer's hard drive. And for emailing higher quality pictures, you will probably need to shrink their resolution down so that your emails don't become too large to send over the Internet.
Optical Zoom & Digital Zoom
Whatever camera you choose, be sure that it has an optical zoom lens with sufficient range for you, not a digital zoom. Most have both, but you will want to only look at the optical zoom numbers when comparing camera models.
Optical zoom lenses physically extend to magnify your subject, and a motor actually controls the physical movement of the lens. Digital zoom works by cropping your image and then magnifying the result of the cropping, which tends to produce less than satisfactory results. And that is why you should always buy refurbished digital cameras with Optical Zoom.
Compact Flash Memory
In essence, compact flash memory serves as the "digital film" in your camera. As you take pictures, they are stored on the flash memory card.
Also make sure that your have some form of Flash Card Reader. This is an accessory that allows you to download pictures from your digital camera's flash memory card to your desktop or laptop computer.
If you're saving money by buying Discount Laptops, then don't blow a lot of money on a new digital camera -- try used or refurbished first.
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