My New Camera

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.

You Get What You Pay For

As I’ve mentioned before in the context of socks, I enjoy trying to salvage and get some use out of items that the kids have left behind.  In my ongoing searches I found two old digital cameras, and yesterday I bought new batteries in hopes of getting them to work.  No such luck.  Today I wanted to take just a few pictures of UJ, Aunt Bebe, and Richard at the OSU game.  So, I got up early, went to Meijer, and bought a camera.  It was so early in the morning there was no one there to consult on the camera selection, and I therefore didn’t want to buy anything expensive without knowing about features and so forth.  To my surprise, however, they had a camera sold for $12.95 that was able to hold 20 digital pictures.  $12.95!  Although I was suspicious, I figured “what the heck?” and bought it.  It appears to be made entirely of plastic, weighs about 4 ounces, states that it was made in China, and bears that trade name (I guess) “Digital.”

I think I was successful in supposedly taking pictures with the camera today, but I cannot get the pictures (if any) to download.  Rats!  So, I will have to post on the game without any photos.

The wise Kish has said that you shouldn’t scrimp on shoes and toilet paper.  I guess I will have to put digital cameras on that list, too.