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My digital camera died.  I went to take a picture of Charlotte, and... nothing.  Blackish purple screen.


Mind you, I've used that camera hard since 2003, so I definitely got my brother's money's worth.  But still - aaarrrggghhh!!!!!!!  I really shouldn't be spending money on such things right now, but you can't get back pictures that you didn't take, and she's changing so fast.  I've got the really good 35mm, but it's not as convenient for snapping a quick picture, and it doesn't have that same instant gratification of email the picture to grandma.

So I've been browsing specs online and cruising the stores on my lunch hour, and I've discovered that in order to get all the features that I like on my little cheapo five megapixel camera in one package - I have to spend about $600.  Friends, that ain't happening.  So I need to decide what's most important to me.  The things I like, in no particular order:

Pixels - I currently have five.  Everything is a step up.  Non-issue.

Optical Zoom - I've got 3x, and the only thing I haven't liked about this camera is that I've been wanting more zoom.  That would be really nice.

Power supply - I will not consider anything that doesn't take AA batteries.  Non-negotiable.

Viewfinder - Until this afternoon, I didn't know this was optional.  Yes - I want one, damn it.  But if it had everything else...

Stitch assist - I really, really enjoyed this on the A75.  I didn't use it often, but it's way cool.  I took some really, really cool panoramas in Utah with it.  I'd love to have it again, but it only seems to be on the lith/ion battery cameras, or the scary expensive ones.  Well crap...

Ug.  Decisions, decisions.  I wonder if it's fixable, although in our disposable society no one seems to repair anything any more...

EDIT: Dad is loaning me his - it's the same camera but a couple of generations newer.  I can shop at my leisure.


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Aug. 12th, 2009 05:42 pm (UTC)
Um...I've got a 7 or 8 megapixel camera that is literally sitting around doing nothing these days. It's a Samsung and the pics are very good. It's just that my Nikon D60 is so sweet, it's what I grab first.

So, why don't you borrow this one until you're able to get what you want for the long term?

We're leaving town on Saturday for a week in the woods, do you think you can make it out our way before then? Or send Bob?
Aug. 12th, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
We're borrowing Dad's - that works nicely for everyone. But thanks!
Aug. 12th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Until I got to the non-negotiable bit about AA batteries, I had been going to recommend my Canon Elph, but it takes a rechargeable battery.
Aug. 12th, 2009 07:37 pm (UTC)
They're great little cameras, but I have this thing about being held hostage to a propriatary part. It's important to me to be able to walk into any drug store/grocery store/gas station and buy batteries if I need to.
Aug. 12th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
I really love my Sony Cyber-shot. It's trouble-free and really simple to use and does everything including making movies. The best thing is the software program that comes with it, which is bug-free (unlike my last camera) and easy to understand.

Anyway, yeah. Sony Cyber-shot. ^_^
Aug. 13th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
camera suggestion: Kodak EASYSHARE Z1285
I've been camera shopping for *ages* and my list was very similar to yours, maybe you can use what I found?

I just bought a Kodak EASYSHARE Z1285 (specs maybe at http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=12444&pq-locale=en_US) for $99 refurbished, free shipping at Buy.com. The list is only $149 now, so maybe worth the extra $50 for new. It has 12 MP (selectable down to 1.2 MP to save memory), AA batteries (NiMH specifically listed as OK), view either through the viewfinder window or the LCD screen (switch between with a very easy to reach button), Panorama Stitch, Digital image stabilization, 2 or 10 second delay for self portraits, and 5x optical (plus 5x digital) zoom. It's small and light (less than 6 ounces), the lens retracts and auto-covers, and it has 19 shooting modes including text/document, museum, and fireworks. It has "on camera" image editing including adding voice annotations, it can extract frames of a movie as still images, and has direct A/V out so you can use it as web cam. It has a tripod mount. It can shoot an 80 minute video, and bookmark within a video for a favorite spot. I think that's everything on your list plus a few cool extras, and it's 1/4 the $600 you mentioned. I added a 4 GB flash card for $7 (again, free shipping). It comes with a set of batteries, software CD, docking station, and a USB cable, but no case. Overall, I think it's a great little camera.
Aug. 14th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Re: camera suggestion: Kodak EASYSHARE Z1285
I'll take a look, but I haven't been thrilled by the way Kodak cameras tend to "saturate" the colors for you. I was really, really happy with my Canon.

At least now I can shop at my leisure.
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