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I want to purchase a DIGITAL CAMERA and my estimate is about 10,000. Please suggest me thatwhat is the best option for me??? THANKS

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10,000 what? Unless you specify the exact currency the number means absolutely nothing.

As to recommending the "best option" for you, the question is "best for what?"

The answer is rather more complicated as it all depends upon what your level of photographic skills and experience are, whether you have any special requirements (e.g. small and compact, waterproof, rugged, extra wide angle, large aperture "fast" lens, etc.) and whether you want a camera which you can choose which lens to use for each shot or a camera fitted with a single lens which covers wide to telephoto ranges. The former type would typically be a SLR, the latter is referred to a a bridge camera. Even then, there are traditional "full frame" SLR's which are bigger, bulkier and use bigger heavier lenses, regular "APS-C" digital SLR's which are a little smaller with less bulky lenses, the smaller Four Thirds SLR's from Olympus and Panasonic or there are the SLR styled "Micro Four Thirds" cameras which can look like an SLR but have interchangeab;e lenses which are smaller again. All true SLR's have an optical viewfinder which shows you the actual view through the lens, everthing else has either an EVF (electronic viewfinder), no viewfinder at all (just an LCD screen), or may have an optical finder which does not show the exact view through the lens.

Big, bulky cameras attract attention, so your subject may behave differently or even aggressively to your attempts to take photographs, but a smaller and more compact camera (especially if it doesn't look "professional") may get you the exact results which you want.

Perhaps you mean "best value"? Again, that's impossible to answer without knowing more. Some cameras offer loads of bells and whistles but are poorly built, difficult to use, or have a cheap lens which gives poor optical quality. Or all of those problems.

One thing is certain: spending more money on the most expensive camera you can afford will waste your money and will not make you a better photographer. It's the person behind the camera who makes the difference, not the box of tricks in front of his or her face. What does make a difference though is the quality of the lens, but even then this will be relatively unimportant if all you plan to do is to post photos to websites or to view them on your computer. A good lens only makes a difference if you have prints made to large sizes.

Maybe you meant "best number of megapixels"? Similarly, not easy to answer. There's been a megapixel race between manufacturers lately based on the false consumer belief that more are better. It's absolute nonsense as most amateur photographers will be fine with three megapixels: with a decent lens this gives perfectly good prints up to A4 size. Five megapixels is better if you want to make selective enlargements, but after that there is a definite trade-off as the larger megapixel imagers suffer badly with electronic "image noise" and they then have to employ all sorts of tricks to try and disguise the problem.

I strongly suggest that you visit a number of photographic websites and even more strongly suggest that you buy a few photography magazines for a few months (or read them for free if your local public library keeps them). A bit of research will help you to understand exactly what YOU want and at what price. If you still can't decide, them come back here, ask a better question with relevant details, and you'll get a useful answer.

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