Monday, March 1, 2010

Point ... and, SHOOT!!

I've been camera-less since last summer, when the telescoping mechanism on my Canon Powershot 7.1 megapixel digital camera went blooey -- and they wanted 90 bucks to fix it.

Since $90 was a bit dear to me at that point, I put the camera away and forgot about it. Then, I started thinking I could probably buy a smaller, newer-generation camera for not much more than that after Christmas. (Hello, disposable society!).

After several frustrating incidents of needing a camera but not having one (like, uh -- being in the same room as the Dalai Lama!), I finally decided to get a new camera. I perused the sale brochures from all the local stores, and determined that the clearance prices for 10 megapixel cameras, which are being phased out, were pretty much the same.

So, on a whim last Thursday, I stopped at a nearby Office Depot -- and left the store with a little Nikon Coolpix. Saturday provided a perfect opportunity to try it out, during a trip to Loxahatchee Refuge in western Boynton Beach (here's my Examiner review of the refuge.)

Though the Coolpix camera was nicely compact and very user-friendly, it had a couple of features I really did not like at all:

  • First, there's no viewfinder -- and here in sunny Florida, taking shots in the bright outdoors can be challenging just using the LCD screen, because you can't always see it.
  • And second, the camera's zoom was really quite lame. Zooming in on a gator sunning on a bank with a bird perched nearby, my Nikon didn't get nearly as close to the scene as my friend Cori's little Canon did.
Point ... and, SHOOT!

So, I returned the Nikon Coolpix today and exchanged it for a Canon Powershot Digital Elph -- a better camera for my needs. And, best of all, after the floor-model discount, only 20 bucks more.

Point and shoot, no problem!


Tom Allen said...

Canon is one of the few brands to offer the viewfinder in most models, and for anyone taking pics outdoors (as you've discovered) it's essential.

But Canon also continues to use SD or mini-SD cards for storage, which is another plus because you can get those cards anywhere. Also, you don't need to have the special cable and software to get your photos onto your PC - you just need a card reader (which comes standard on most PCs and laptops now).

Tracy Allerton said...

Very good points, Tom!

I discovered these benefits with my other Canon -- a camera that I really liked until it malfunctioned!

Guess I could consider it a lesson learned: Stick with what you like and know!

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