Finding a Digital Camera for Great eBay Product Images
Buying a digital camera makes sense if you're going to do a lot of selling on eBay. When you start looking for a new digital camera, you need to look for certain features, such as a quality lens, a tripod mount, and removable media, to get the most out of your camera and take great eBay photos. The following features will ensure high-quality images and ease of use:
Quality lens: Really cheap cameras have plastic lenses, and the quality of the resulting pictures is accordingly lousy. Be sure to buy a camera from a company known for making quality products.
Removable media: Here’s a starter list of removable storage media to quickly get your images from your camera to your computer:
CompactFlash memory card: This is slightly smaller than a matchbook. CompactFlash cards come in different sizes and hold from 16MB to 16GB.
Secure Digital (SD) card: The size of a postage stamp, this is one of the most durable of the small media. It uses metal connector contacts (rather than pins and plugs like other cards), making it less prone to damage. These cards can hold up to 32GB of data.You'll find many sizes and adapters for SD cards.
Mini and Micro Secure Digital (SD) cards: The mini version is about the size of a postage stamp, and the micro is about the size of a pinky nail and can hold up to an astounding 12GB.
SmartMedia cards: A SmartMedia card is slightly smaller than a CompactFlash card and is used in only a few brands of digital cameras. SmartMedia cards don't hold as much data — from 8MB to 128MB.
Memory Stick: A tiny media card, the Memory Stick is a Sony device used in most Sony products. Memory Sticks now hold as much as 2GB.
Mini CD, CD/RW, or DVD: These optical discs hold tons of pictures, and you can read them right in your computer’s CD or DVD reader. Check out your disc platter, and you’ll notice a smaller, round indentation; that’s what holds the mini disc.
If your computer doesn't have ports for the removeable media you choose, you can always find an adapter that connects to your computer through a USB port.
Optical zoom versus digital zoom: Find a camera with the highest-power optical zoom that you can afford. Optical zoom is magnified by the camera’s lens (using the camera’s internal optics), producing a vivid picture. When your camera uses digital zoom, it does the same thing as enlarging a picture in photo-editing software, which can make the picture slightly fuzzy.
Tripod mount: Tripods help you avoid blurring your pictures. To use a tripod, you need a tripod mount, a little screw-hole at the bottom of some cameras.
Macro setting capability or threading for a lens adapter: These features come in handy for photographs of coins, jewelry, and small, detailed items. A camera’s macro setting enables you to get in really close to items while keeping them in focus. A threaded lens mount is an alternative that enables you to add different types of lenses to the camera for macro focus or other uses.
Battery life: The last thing you want to do is run out of juice at the wrong moment:
Look for a camera battery with at least three hours of photo-taking time.
Consider buying a spare battery.
Invest in a charger and rechargeable batteries. These batteries last a long time and are worth the investment.