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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Let's talk digital cameras!

Hello friends.... As I've said before I want this to be a space where we can talk about everything..... and anything! Who says you can only speak about coffee in a coffee shop? :) You enjoy something to drink ... anything you prefer! tea? coffee? iced coffee? juice? chocolate milk? You name it.... and you do not have to spend the whole time you are in a coffee shop speaking about "how good or bad your drink is" so... I guess you are enjoying your drink right now... and the topic I'll bring to the table is... "Digital Cameras" do you have one? do you like it? Why? Why not?

As you probably remember I mentioned a month ago that I got a new camera, my old one was a great Christmas gift form my father in law who knows I am crazy about cameras, technology and taking pictures, God knows I want to have a professional camera! I hope I can afford one soon :) .... I enjoyed my Canon Powershot A560, 7.1 megapixels were all I needed to take very good pictures (I'd say) and I really enjoyed having it for 2 yrs.... I would say that the the only thing that really bothered me about the camera is the battery compartment, it uses AA batteries (which is good, especially if you just buy rechargeable ones and a charger of course) but the lid to cover the compartment is just "held in place" by two tiny plastic "bumps" (IYKWIM) that are supposed to keep the lid shut (regardless of the pressure of the batteries), that only works for a few months (especially if you use the camera as much as I do and have to change the batteries once a day)... There were some other "cons" but nothing major.... (Just do not try to take great pictures in a night landscape)

So I ordered this year a new digital camera, the Nikon Coolpix S630 which I think it's a real beauty, good size (very slim), easy to handle, good grip and it wasn't expensive (considering it's 12 megapixels!) I watched a video from the manufacturer and some of the product reviews and it seemed to be the perfect camera for me and my budget... I was so excited when I got it but all I can say is that I got ONLY BLURRY pictures out of it.... Trust me, I know how to use a camera, I read it all, I tried it all and nothing but blurry pictures, I am returning it as defective, but I found out that a cousin also has a Coolpix and she has the same issues... I wonder if it's in general a bad product or if we both just happen to have gotten 2 defective cameras, it's still a shame

So... No pictures for today... Just a bitter "after taste" for such a bad experience.... I will be returning the camera on Monday and hopefully be reimbursed soon so I can try another camera that will hopefully be the one I need.

Any suggestions???


The Muse said...

Hi there...sorry to hear about bad camera exp. :(

Hubby loves his and is a great photographer...i am the one who CANNOT take a good photo :( lol

the blog pics that are good are mostly his...mine, not so hot..

maybe i will get a new camera..
i am thinking about taking a local photo class...
we shall see :)

sarah @ i run with scissors said...

Stopping by from SITS.
As far as pocket camera's go, my sister has a panasonic and loves it (she's a photographer so I take her word for it). I have a CASIO exilim and am pretty happy with it but I think I like my old Sony better (as much as I hate the Sony name... damn marketing brand names - you'll pay an extra $100 just for the sony sticker I swear).

tristan said...

are you sure you don't want to just save up for a professional camera? i am anxiously awaiting my olympus e450 that i purchased on ebay for $250. i started out with an evolt e330 that i also bought gently used on ebay and it was a great starter camera. i was able to save my pennies for a new lens and i'm in picture taking heaven. you might check it out! <3

Leslie Harris (de Limon) said...

I don't have a fancy camera, just a plain Sony Cybershot. I've had it for 2 years, but I am just starting to play around with some of it's features.

One of these days, I'll get something nicer. But before that I really need to buy some rechargeable batteries! :D

Missy said...

I too would love to get a professional camera some day.

I just got the Sony Cybershot for Christmas and I love it. It is slim and lightweight and very easy to use.

It has a lot of features that I have been trying to experiment and play around with, but I haven't had the time to really get into it yet.

I would highly recommend the Sony Cybershot.

Unknown said...

Yikes! How sad...have another cup of coffee.

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Carrie said...

So sorry about the camera issues :(
I have an Olumpus e510. I really love it and I bought it off of craigslist locally. Saved a lotta cash too. It was very gently used.I even added a macro lens so i could get those really great close up shots.
I would definately check out Craigslist for a professional camera.

Mhel said...

Hi pamela! Sorry to hear about the Digicam thing. I would love to have a DSLR someday, but I dont have a budget for that now.

Right now, Im using a Sony Cybershot W220, with 12.1 megapixels (all that's in my blog). I noticed that it has more vibrant colors than the other digicams that I have tried. It also has other features that you can get from DSLRs such as Wide Angle Shots, Macro Shots, and Telefoto lens. But still, don't expect it will equate professional cams like SLRs. It can somehow suffice.

My cousin, a professional photographer ones told me, the key is always the "lighting". Learn the proper ISO and EV (which is also available in digicams), and the proper shadowing and angles. You can post edit your pics through ADOBE LIGHTROOM. They're easier and faster to use compare to Adobe Photoshop. Well, if you need furthermore editing, that is when you have to use the Photoshop.

Cameras are "just tools" for a good photography. In the end, its the photographer that makes the art happen, no matter what camera you use... U