Digital cameras vary greatly in price, depending on the kind and quality of camera you buy. Hardware you use with your digital camera — such as a memory card — factors into your digital photography costs, as well as software you use to work with your images. Here are the various costs of going digital:

  • Cameras: Digital cameras range from inexpensive point-and-shoot models for casual users to $1,500-and-up models that offer high-end photography controls (see this figure). You can get a bare-bones camera (with low resolution and few features) for less than $40.

    Expect to spend $70 and up for a camera that can generate quality prints and includes the features you want.

    A Nikon digital SLR, or high-end, camera (left) along with a selection of more basic, and less expe
    A Nikon digital SLR, or high-end, camera (left) along with a selection of more basic, and less expensive, digital cameras by various manufacturers.
  • Memory cards: You can buy 2 GB memory card for about $30. And you can reuse memory cards as many times as you want.

  • Computer: If you don’t already have a computer that can allow you to view, store, edit, and print your images, expect to spend at least $400 on one.

  • Printer: Printer costs range from about $80 to $700, but you don’t need to buy at the high end of that spectrum to get good print quality. Higher-priced models do offer faster output and additional features.

  • Software: You need to get image-editing software if you want to edit your digital photos, which can range from $x to $x.