Sunday, September 30, 2007
HB Presents :Advice Wanted-Camera Edition
I'm kind of a fool for returning my Birthday gift this year, a Canon Digital Rebel XT. My current camera has been dragged around for years, it's worn out, slow and pretty much obsolete. So, as I've gotten more interested in learning about photography and have really enjoyed snapping pictures of Noah, Jon decided to surprise me for my birthday. I've been borrowing his work camera for the past year and it was time to have something to call my own. So, when I looked down at my new SLR Camera, it's lens, strap, case, instruction manual, I was a bit overwhelmed and wondering if I indeed needed or deserved such a cool toy as merely a stay at home Mom.
In the end, I decided to send the camera back and to look for something a little less advanced, cheaper, lighter, more like a high-end point and shoot. Then...two days later I regretted it.
Ok, so that bring us to now. I've been casually looking around at both SLR's and other digitals. I know that some of our readers are also photographers and wondered if anyone has advice or input that would help me with my search. Currently I am trying to chose between another Canon Digital Rebel XT, the Canon S5 or Canon's Powershot G9, which just came out. I would also like to hear from any Nikon SLR owners as I was originally looking at the D40/D70 and would like to know why you chose a Nikon over a Canon.
I've made out a spreadsheet to compare the different camera's and I've also compiled a short list of the top features that I am looking for:
1.) I love photos with people in them and since the person I mainly shoot is Noah and he's a very active kid who never sits still, at the top of my list is a fast shutter speed.
2.)Kind of to go along with this speed theme, I need a camera with a good recycling time and high FPS (Frames per second).
3.)The megapixels are important, but not totally, as I don't do a ton zooming in and blowing images up. I'd like to go no less that 8.0 megapixels.
4.)An articulated screen is kind of fun. Not necessary, but fun. I know the SLR's don't have them.
Ok, so there's the list. Let me know your camera stories if you have recommendations. Thanks for reading and don't forget to check my oh so exciting photos over @ Flickr!