Nothing says “summer” and impending travel quite like buying a new camera.
My old digital camera was a Sony Cyber-shot. It was a good camera, about three years old, but it developed a smudge spot on the interior of the lens that I could not fix. Rather than paying somebody about as much as I spent on the camera in the first place to try to remedy the problem, I stopped using the Cyber-shot and for the last few months have been relying on my iPhone instead. The iPhone camera is fine, and handy in a pinch, but it doesn’t have much zoom capability and some of the other features you want in a good digital camera.
We’ll be on the road a bit over the summer, including my first-ever trip to the Pacific Northwest and a visit to Maine, and I want to have a good camera to record our adventures. Today I bought one. After some advance research and careful consideration, I settled on the Canon PowerShot SX260 HS. It fell into my price range (about $300, with memory card), is supposed to be sturdy and reliable, and has the increased zoom focus and other features I want. Much as I like taking pictures — and I do, so much so that Kish enjoys kidding me about it — I really don’t have the photographic ability, or the bank account, to justify spending more than a few hundred dollars on a digital camera.
I owned Canons in the film camera days of yore, and I was always happy with them. With my new gadget, I feel a bit like a kid with a new toy.