How to Shop for a Digital Camera

Pros & cons of shopping at a camera shop

Written by Gail Bjork

When buying a digital camera, shopping at a local camera shop may be the best all-around deal. But there are a few disadvantages too.

Camera shop windowIf looking for expert help when purchasing a digital camera, particularly first time buyers, consider buying a local camera shop.

You can’t beat the personalized service and help from someone who knows cameras like the back of their hand.

Digital cameras may cost more at a local camera shop but it is often worth it for the service you get in return. A merchant may even lower the price a little if you ask, so don’t be bashful!

Advantages of buying at a local camera shop

  • no waiting, get the camera right away
  • personalized service
  • easier to check reliability and reputation of the merchant
  • hold camera in your hand to get a feel for the ergonomics
  • knowledgeable personnel can help answer questions and are often willing to continue to do so after purchase
  • dealer may handle warranty and repair work
  • usually do not have a restocking charge if you return the camera within a given time

Disadvantages of buying at a local camera shop

  • price for a camera and accessories can be higher
  • merchant may not have a variety of items in stock
  • brands and camera selection may be limited
  • more time and effort to comparison shop
  • pay local sales tax

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.