Point-and-Shoot Camera Review
Have any of you ever had the dilemma of shopping for a new camera? Ugh. Seriously, how do you choose when there are SO many great cameras out there? Today I’m gonna look back at my search and explore why I finally decided on my FABO Canon G9!
To be quite honest, I just wanted a camera with a great macro setting (or the ability to take EXTREMELY close shots) so I could finally get the tiny toe shots of my little babies. I’d always seen such adorable pictures and I wanted to be able to recreate them myself. So that was a must on my list. I was also interested in the optical zoom. I wanted a big one! I had learned that the optical zoom was the true zoom, and that all digital zoom does is make the pixels bigger, so not such a great thing. So I was looking for macro and optical zoom. (In the back of my mind was also the megapixels. Although not top of my list, because after 5 or 6, it’s all just frosting! After all, I wasn’t planning to make any poster size prints!)
My next concern was price. How much camera did I want, or need, and how much was I willing to pay for it? I’m NO WHERE near a professional, so I almost automatically decided against a Digital SLR. It is not only WAY too much camera for what I’m comfortable with, but it was also a HUGE jump in price. So I ruled out spending a lot of time looking at them. Now I knew what type of camera I was looking for.
Where to from there? My brother. He’s a photographer so I went to him for suggestions on what to look for in a camera. One of the first things he mentioned was the size of the sensor. Um, what? That’s what I said. Apparently the sensor is where the image is captured within the camera (or something along those lines) and I learned that it is one of the most important things to look for when you want a good photo. So the larger the sensor size, the better! So I jotted that down on my list.
He also mentioned shutter speed and focus range. Great! I have a list of all of the things I’m looking for, but what do I do with it? How do I make a good comparison of all these different things? Impossible you say? Nope. And I didn’t even have to go to a million different sites and write down all this info for a million different cameras. There is a site he told me about that does all the work for you! Yippee!! The website is www.dpreview.com.
I was able to click on a bunch of different cameras and the site “compared” them for me! It included all the specifications I was looking for and a million more that I hadn’t even thought about. For me it was a great tool to narrow down my choice. It was also a great way to read all the customer reviews. It’s so helpful to hear from people who have actually USED the cameras you’re considering.
In the end I decided on the Canon G9 because it had the best of what I was looking for, and a price I could live with. And I have to say, I adore it! It really is one of the best cameras I’ve owned (of course, it’s just a point and shoot, but for capturing those crazy moments with my kids, it’s been fantastic!).
So if you are faced with replacing a camera, make sure you take the time to really look into all the options that are out there. You might be surprised about what you find (or don’t find) in the camera you thought you wanted. You may even find out everything you want is in a camera that is less expensive! So happy hunting… for cameras and eggs! Happy Easter everyone!!