Friday, June 20, 2008

Window Shopping

I am always drooling over new cameras. Every time we go to Target or BestBuy I stop and play around with whichever one's still have battery and memory cards. I love taking pictures but I don't really know a whole lot about photography. F stops, apertures, flashes, totally makes my brain hurt. So when I'm looking at cameras, and contemplating purchasing one, I just follow my own lil list of requirements.

I always test the zoom first . We are never lucky enough to get good seats when we go to our kids' events so I need a camera that can zoom in and still take good shots.

I then check out the speed in between shots. The camera I have now, and cameras I've had previously, drive me crazy when it comes to this. Anyone that has kids or animals, or has tried to take pictures of kids or animals, should know how hard it is to keep them sitting still, looking the same direction, or doing anything you want them to do for very long. I wanna be able to take a couple of shots within seconds and then choose the best one(s).

I'm thinking that a DSLR would be my best bet. But unfortunately my bank account just isn't going to allow for one of those anytime soon. And honestly, I'm ok with that. I don't think I'm "there" yet anyway. I think a DSLR would confuse the hell out of me and I don't want to spend gobs of money on a camera that I'm gonna keep in AUTO permanently, know what I mean?

So, I'd really like to find a camera on a level that is in between your basic Point & Shoot and the fancy smancy DSLRs. I think the one I have now is kinda there but it's also 2 or so years old and I'm itching for a newbie.

I looked at a couple this weekend that I really liked. And the price was right too. But again, I don't know a whole lot when it comes to this kind of stuff, I just know what I "felt" felt good.

Sony CyberShot or this Sony Cybershot need to explore the differences.

Canon PowerShot(1 of 2 choices) or a Nikon Coolpix (there's another one of these too)
or this Olympus guess I didn't get a picture

I mean, how important are MEGAPIXELS? I just assume the more a camera has the better? But don't know for sure.

If anyone has any advice, suggestions, opinions on this matter I'd appreciate them!


StepheLynne said...

I don't know much either...I've always had Pentax digicams and I love them! You'll have to educate me once you get going!!

bmw100 at lycos dot com (Beamer) said...

I don't know weather you have ever chefked out my photo blog or not but I went with a Fuji Fine Pix dslr s700. The zoom might not be what you want, but you can add lenses to it.

I have all the Pictures I have taken with that camera tagged as such. I'm impressed with it and it was a very reasonable price.


Megan said...

you know me I love my Nikon, and I have heard wonderful things about cannon as well.....good luck hunting!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Katie, its Crystal. I just recently purchased a Canon XTI and I love it. It's got a ton of setting that I dont know how to use yet but hey they are there when Im ready to learn. Good luck!! Also with out sounding like an ad Ritz had the best price! Just a lil fyi for when your ready.