When you go into a clothes shop and see something that you would like to buy your natural instinct is to try it on in the changing rooms before parting with your money.
This same principle should be used when deciding upon a choice of camera. Your chosen supplier should give you the opportunity to test out any potential camera before you buy it as it will give you a better indication as to whether it is exactly what you are looking for as it can be a substantial investment.
There are a few other features you should also look out for: Megapixels Many people incorrectly believe that the higher the number of megapixels used in compact cameras, the better the quality of shot. This is not necessarily the case. It just usually means that when you are printing off large copies of your images they will be seen in greater detail. If you want to crop pictures, cameras with a higher number of megapixels will also usually maintain great detail.
Zoom For those intending to use their camera predominantly for long range shots, such as those who like to snap animals in the wild, you should test out the zoom quality of your equipment. The quality of performance may be affected on certain items of equipment when you try to zoom in over a long range, making for grainy looking images.
A set of Leica binoculars could help you overcome such problems. Face detection This is a relatively new feature and it detects facial features when you focus your camera on a person, making for a better quality of shot.
Video Most modern day cameras will come with a built in video option so that you can revert to video on those occasions when you want to capture a special moment and relive it on your computer or TV.