Let’s begin by speaking about accessories that are usually considered an absolute necessity for digital camera owners. Regardless of what type of camera you own, every camera owner will have to own a battery charger. Battery charges are an absolute necessity for cameras because, without charged batteries, your camera cannot work! If you own a newer camera, chances are it came with its own battery and battery charger. Make sure to store this charger in a safe place as replacing it can often be quite pricey. If you own an older camera, it may take batteries. While some people are fine with purchasing new batteries each time their battery dies, it is often a good idea to purchase two sets (so you always have an extra set) of rechargeable batteries and a battery charger, so that you do not have to make a trip to the store every time you need new camera batteries!
If you own a digital camera you will also need to purchase a memory card. Although some cameras come with memory cards, many will have to be purchased separately from the camera. Memory cards are small, stamp size, electronics that store the digital information from your camera. Memory cards allow camera owners to store anywhere from 250-2000 photographs and to transfer these photographs from their camera to a computer via a connector cord or a memory card reader.
Although they are not necessities, camera cases are a highly recommended camera accessory. Not only are camera cases great for transferring your camera and holding camera accessories, but they are also necessary for your cameras protection. Cameras are very easily damaged by extreme weather conditions, sand, moisture, and dust. Camera cases give your camera the protection that it needs from all possible causes of damage, keeping your camera and your precious memories safe.
Additional, optional, camera accessories include digital photograph printers, tripods, flash attachments, and lens filters. Digital photograph printers allow individuals to transfer and print their photographs directly from their camera to their printer. Many digital photograph printers also offer various features to help edit your photographs before you print them. Tripods, although not a necessity, are often popular among those who are serious about photography. Tripods offer a secure place to set your camera when taking timed or motion photographs. More for professional photographers, flash attachments are a great accessory that allow the photographer to control their own light settings. Lens filters are also more for serious photographers and are accessories which are used to protect the camera lens and to create special effects.
If you own, or are looking to purchase, a digital camera you will need to purchase a battery charger and a memory card. You should also seriously consider purchasing a camera storage case to protect your camera from damage. If you want to print your photographs from the comfort of your own home than you will need to purchase a digital photography printer. For those of you who are more serious about photography, you may also consider purchasing a tripod, external flashes, and lens filters.