after hours of research and forum reading and jotting emails to my favorite pro and not-so-pro photographer friends, i finally decided on a camera. but not without angst. deciding on a purchase like this can really take up more time and brain space than i care to admit. however i am thrilled with my new buddy. it is a welcome addition.
meet the canon powershot g11. yes, it's a point and shoot. and i'm okay with that. i honestly thought i'd end up with a rebel after everyone spoke up with rave reviews about their amazing rebel sidekicks. however, i took some good advice and thought long and hard about what i need in a camera. i realized i don't need an interchangeable lens or tons of manual settings. i am not going pro or pseudo pro any time soon. at this point in my life, i need a camera that i can whip out while benji is on the swing, as bread is baking, cookies are cooling or dan is skiing down a slope while benji sits on my hip. i need a camera that i'm not too afraid of. one i can carry around without much worry. one i can do drive-by shots with. i fell for this one because it basically has SLR guts in a point and shoot body. the control freak in me loves its fancy manual qualities (the only point and shoot with full manual control and RAW mode capabilities). yet it is still kick back enough not to need a lens cap. it does not go click, click as fast as your basic SLR camera would, but the shutter speed hasn't disappointed me yet.
some other fabulous facts i already love about it...
01. the weight, shape and size of this camera feels just right in my hands.
02. the LCD screen is bright, large and maneuverable. (my mom could see it clearly without her glasses on.) it flips around so you can easily take self portraits or rotate it all the way around so you can close it while snapping shots with the viewfinder. i love that i don't have to smudge the LCD screen all the day long.
03. it shoots movies. and when you are going on road trips with an almost two year old, making movies is a must. as is knowing all the verses and actions to she'll be coming around the mountain.
04. i am a sucker for a pretty face and solid reviews. all the reviews i read (and heard first hand) were glowing reports. the guy who sold it to me even said, all the pros are carrying this model as their back up.
05. this camera has been super user-friendly. the viewfinder spells out what every symbol and icon means, which is really nice when you don't have the user manual at the ready. plus, there are lots of ways to customize the settings to your liking.
06. dan fell for its durability right away and snapped dozens of self portraits with my cousin's camera to check out its accuracy. the camera is made of metal which means it can come camping and hiking and cow-tipping with us.
07. its high sensitivity sensor means it shakes less in low light and is keen on taking clear shots. i am the queen of blurry photos, so i'm excited to see how this baby works for me.
08. it's so simple, a stranger can use it. this is key. no one ever knew the exact formula to my old camera when we'd ask for a quick snapshot at disneyland and other such magical places. we have this awesome collection of photos featuring dan and me all tilted and blurry and heads chopped off standing in front of scenic vistas across the country. here's to getting us and the waterfall all in one frame.
searching for your own perfect camera? here are a few resources to check out.
- the complete guided tour of camera systems by cameron knight
- the ultimate guide for buying your first digital slr
- tips on camera gear by photographer nicole hill