Oh, Snap!

When I had a working 35mm camera, I used to take a lot of pictures of random things I saw throughout the day. I’d often take my camera along with me, and snap photos when I saw something interesting. I have no photography training or anything, but it was fun to have an image of what I came across. After my camera broke a few years ago (I accidentally dropped it at a scenic overlook on Tantalus), I decided not to replace it. Since then, I have been using 35mm single-use cameras. Kodak has phased out film camera production and now Nikon is slowly going all-digital. This may be the year that I get my own digital camera.

Everyone else in my immediate family has already got one. My father gave my mother a Sony CyberShot digital camera a few years ago, and he recently bought his own CyberShot (my father is a Sony fanboy). My brother was out of the country for a month, including Christmas, so we all decided to do the holiday thing upon his return. I gave my mother a 1 GB Sony MemoryStick Pro for her camera. Last night I bought my father a 2 GB Sony MemoryStick Pro Duo for his CyberShot. In what seems to be a continuing fit of generosity, I agreed to buy my brother a digital camera. He’s still doing research on which one he wants. He has a Canon SLR 35mm film camera, so he is familiar with the brand. We spoke to a helpful person at Best Buy the other day, and my brother seems likely to go with a Canon, though he isn’t sure which model to go for yet.

I’m partial to a tiny, slim camera, because you can stick it in your pocketses, however they don’t seem to have as many features as the slightly larger models. If I go digital this year, I could start back up with the random picture-taking. Then I could be even more 1337 and post them to Flickr.

Does anyone have any digital camera suggestions?

  5 comments for “Oh, Snap!

  1. 13 January 2006 at 10:32

    I, too, am in the market for a new digital camera. I have one, but it’s so old and clunky that I never take it anywhere and haven’t used it to take a picture in over a year.

    My brother knows everything and he recommended the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX9S for me. Haven’t bought it yet (it’s a bit expensive), but it’s on my list.

  2. 13 January 2006 at 11:33

    The Canon Powershot line is pretty good. I’ve got the A75, and it works well as either a point-and-shoot or a manual mode camera.

    My parents just bought a very expensive Pentax SLR digital, and are very happy with it. But they had an existing investment in Pentax lenses.

  3. 17 January 2006 at 13:35

    1) In a cold climate go for a camera with its own proprietary battery type, like some Nikons. Don’t rely on normal rechargables. My mom’s camera with different types of rechargables lasted about half an hour each time in Italy this Christmas.

    2) Go for something with a viewfinder or a biiiiiiig screen. Trying to get landscapes properly aligned flat is a bugger with a small screen.

    Nikons are very good but Kodaks are amazingly non-grainy so good if you might take lots of photos in non-ideal lighting.

    Ta for the link, BTW :)

  4. 17 January 2006 at 17:42

    Thank you, everyone, for your input. :-)

  5. 19 January 2006 at 07:46

    How much money do you want to spend?

    I think that should be your first question. Then I’d pick the absolute best quality camera you can get at that price. Nikon first, then Canon.

    Good luck!

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