As with all tech, there’s no one-size-fits-all option when it comes to buying a camera. When you browse through the electronics stores in the RCS Network, you’ll come across four types of cameras. Here’s a quick rundown:


DSLR: That stands for “Digital Single-lens Reflex”… and these babies are big, fancy and not at all cheap. Unless you’re changing careers to professional photography, you probably won’t need one of these.


Mirrorless: They’re smaller, like a point-and-shoot, but they have interchangeable lenses, more adjustment options and better picture quality.


Bridge: These create a “bridge” between the small point-and-shoot and the DSLR. They still have some manual settings, but they don’t have interchangeable lenses.


Point-and-shoot: The smallest of the bunch, these cameras come with the best price tags. Point-and-shoots have simple menu options and are easy for anyone to use.


If this is your first step into the camera market, then a point-and-shoot will serve you nicely. Here are three to start your search, in order of pricing, starting from the cheapest (prices vary depending where you shop, but these ones start at about R999 and go up to about R2 699):


Nikon Coolpix S2900
This Nikon does all the thinking for you with a Scene Auto Selector, delivering a 1/2.3 image sensor, 20 megapixels and 5x optical zoom with 10x Dynamic Fine Zoom.


Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT30GA
It’s waterproof, shockproof and pretty much everything-proof. It has a 16 megapixel CCD sensor for snapping great shots on your next picnic, hike or journey into the outdoors. This toughie will travel happily on all your adventures.


Canon Ixus 175
Snap those everyday memories with a 1/2.3 image sensor, 20 megapixels, 8x optical zoom with 16x ZoomPlus and instant HD movies.

Not convinced that a point-and-shoot will satisfy your needs? No problem. Check out these bridge cameras:


Canon Powershot SX610HS
Loaded with features such as built in Wi-Fi and the Creative Shot mode that applies cool effects to your photos, the Canon has an 18x optical zoom.


Nikon Coolpix L340
This Nikon’s 28x optical zoom will win you over. It has auto select functions, but it does allow you to control white balance, ISO sensitivity and AF Area Mode if you’re in the mood.

Find the camera you want by browsing the RCS Network of over 21 000 retailers – including some of South Africa’s top electronics outlets. Swipe your RCS Card, and start capturing those happy memories.