Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I need your help!

I have a lot of catch-up blogging to do after our long and exhausting week, but first I need some help.

I want to buy a new camera. My old one works fine, but there are a few things about it I don't like. First and foremost is how long it takes to recover after the flash goes off. We're talking like 8 seconds. Now that may not seem like a long time, but next time you're watching a kid do something cute and photo-worthy, count to 8. Boom, the moment has passed.

So I'm looking to upgrade. My current camera is a Nikon Coolpix 5600 (and I most certainly did NOT pay what amazon is currently charging, nor would I). I have only ever owned Nikon digital cameras, and I know and trust the brand. But I'm open to change.

Here's where you all come in. Tell me what digital cameras you have and what features are most important to you. What do you like? What do you hate? What features are a must? Do I need a 3-inch LCD screen? Is a touch screen worth it? Should I be happy with what I have and save my money? Recommend something to me.

Here are the provisions:
*Costs under $200 (I know that narrows the margins significantly, but it's what I have to work with right now)
*Significantly shorter shutter lag
*Decent zoom (my current camera has a 3x optical with 4x digital - it's okay)
*Easy to use
*Not easy to screw up

Ready? Go...


  1. Yeah..you've come to the wrong place. I am not tech savvy at all. You could always do what my parents did and not photograph your kids childhood at all. Then, when they ask you about it, just give them a confused look and say "umm..who are you?" Because, lets face it, without the pics to prove they belong to you, they don't have a leg to stand on. (well unless you count birth certificates, DNA, the testimony of extended family, and the extreme resemblance..but other that that...)

    p.s.- this may be the least helpful comment of all time!

  2. Sorry no help here either. We have a Nikon D 50 that was a pretty penny when we were both working and there is no way we would buy now. The major disadvantage is the size. I would love something that would fit in my purse.

    Sorry I'm not much help but if you email Britton and Blaine they have a lot of opinions on this topic and could be of great help.

  3. I have two digital cameras. The brands that I buy are Canon, Nikon, and Olympus.

    My first camera is a Canon PowerShot S3IS. Here is a link: http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=144&modelid=13077

    I like the zoom on this camera (12x with digital) and the shutter speed is fast, but it is heavy and requires 4 AA batteries to operate. It takes an SD card and has the swivel LCD screen. I also like the fact that when I do movies on this camera, it is full screen on the T.V. like a regular camcorder and not a little box like most cameras. I use this camera mostly for photography, but it has been collecting dust lately.

    I also have an Olympus Stylus 1030 SW in the green color. Here is a link: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1363

    The things that I like about this camera. First, it's waterproof. I took it to Wisconsin Dells and took tons of pictures in the waterpark. (If you were on facebook, you could see my pictures, but you're not!)Second, it can use an micro SD or XD card and comes with an adapter for the micro SD. Third, it does have a great zoom (8.6x with digital) and can also take pictures super fast if you just hold down the shutter. (Like a DSL camera). Fourth, it has a rechargeable battery and comes with a charger. You can buy extra batteries, but I've never needed it.

    I wanted another camera because my Fuji was just to heavy and this is light and is all I use now. When I bought it, it was more than $200, but it was awhile ago.

    I'm not sure if this has helped or not. :)

  4. I have a Polaroid. It broke about 2months after I got it, and luckily it was within the warranty period and I got another. I haven't had any trouble with it - but then again I don't use a lot of the features that it has. I also like the Kodak Easyshare cameras. If my Mom (who is 75) can work it, it should be pretty easy to use.

    Good Luck deciding!

  5. Oh, I don't know. I'll just tell you what we have. I love it, but it's kinda big. It's a Cannon Power Shot S3 SI.


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