Until ten days ago – the day, to the best of my recollection, in which I lost my five-year-old point-and-shoot Sony Cyber-shot with its rechargeable AA batteries – I hadn’t realized how dependent I had become on my camera’s ability to record anything I found visually interesting, anywhere, anytime I felt like it. Oh, how I have since suffered its loss!
Just today, for example, I wanted to record the three inches of snow/slush combo filling my driveway, the snorting, running, sleeping dog, the molasses design in the baked beans (blech), and the court surrounding the girl who announced, “But Mom, I’m God” – each a little vignette that together make up the visual fabric of my day – nay, my life. Sadly, today, there are no crystals, no snores, no artistic-outlet -starved husband, and no game playing children to put into my external hard drive of memories, and none to share.
At first refusing to acknowledge that I actually lost my camera, I borrowed my daughter’s for our recent weekend excursion. It was then that I truly appreciated the older, but far better model that was mine (faster, clearer, able to take pictures in low light). Finally today, I couldn’t take it any longer and broke down admitting that my camera is long gone on the road to someone else’s house. I just hope they enjoy the pictures of my parents at Judie’s and the mid-century modern furniture reproductions lining the walls of the otherwise empty Marriot reception center at UMass Amherst, because, apparently, I won’t get to enjoy those images.
I am now in the market for a new digital camera.
This is what I want: a good lens, works well in low-light, has at least a 4x optical zoom, powered by rechargeable AA batteries is an excellent convenience, video capabilities, a quick shot trigger, a metal body, and a compact, but not ultra compact size. That’s not a lot to ask, now is it? I don’t need bells and whistles, panoramic stitching, burst pictures, in-camera editing, or fancy design modes. I just want to be able to take decent pictures at the drop of hat for under $200.
I’ve narrowed it down to these three choices: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC W290, the Olympus Stylus 7010, and the Canon Powershot SX 120 IS . As if deciding between their features weren’t difficult enough, the Sony offers this for a case.
Living a visually unrecorded life has caused me to examine mine. And while the jury is still out on whether or not I deserve another decent digital camera as I wasn’t responsible enough to keep the one I did own, I’ve really come to appreciate the joy these instantaneously recordable and accessible snapshots of life bring me. I am earnestly looking forward to beginning this practice again as soon as I can make a decision on how best to proceed.
Any potentially helpful digital camera experience and advice is welcomed.