Remember the news I broke months ago about the untimely death of my camera? No? (Sigh, I feel no-one cares…and I’m still in shock.) Well, my Old Faithful passed away, and I didn’t see it coming. I’ve been “getting by” with the camera feature on my BlackBerry. Obviously, this is unacceptable, especially since I have a vision for this 5-month old blog, and the vision includes story-telling through a lens.
So, bloggers, amateur photographers…what camera would you suggest?
I’ve noted a few parameters below, but I’m also looking for “cautions” or “things to look out for” when purchasing a camera. The last time I had this go-around, it was about 12 years ago — and 12 years in technology-speak is about 84 years. *straight face*
- Cheap/Affordable. There are a lot more camera choices available than there were 12 years ago. With a saturation in the market, prices have gone down, especially for the “everyday” camera for the average consumer, non-professional, i.e. amateur, like myself. I’m not looking to spend more than about $200.
- Lightweight. I travel. I’d like to travel more. The one thing I didn’t like about Old Faithful was: That thing was heavy. It was a bit on the small size, but when you picked it up, you thought you were pumping iron.
- Zoom. I want the longest zoom available that does not require me to be a paparazzi-in-training with a camera bag and then multiple lenses on standby.
- Megapixels. I don’t know much, but I know I’d like sharp photos no matter the distance. I’d like to take pictures that are so sharp, people will say, “Wow, the picture is so clear. Wow.” Yes, I want “wows”.
- Full screen. My old camera had a screen the size of an inch. Now, that’s small. Actually, it was laughable when people saw it. I guess it did look strange. (I hated when people snickered. But you know what, that camera lasted a long time…meanwhile, they probably purchased 3 cameras in the 12 years I had mine — so there!)
Please chime in with recommendations — and remember, I’m also looking for things to watch out for.