I started with the good old fashioned camera that took film. I actually went with the toys and got a 35 mm camera. It takes fantastic pictures. My family decided I should get with the digital program and bought me the digital version of my 35 mm camera so that I could use all the lenses. Great gift. I love the camera. It takes incredible pictures, instant gratification, but doesn’t fit into my purse. It is a major thing to schlep the camera around, so I decided it was time to buy a tiny one so I had something available at all times.
I did some research and decided that the Sony DSC-P150 was the way to go. First of all, it has 7 mega pixels which I think is important particularly for printing. My husband has a camera with 3 or 4 mega pixels and the printing quality is ok but not great.
I ordered the camera on Amazon and unfortunately it was back ordered. In my need want it now, I went to B & H to make the purchase. B & H did not have it in stock but recommended that I purchase the Olympus C-7000 Zoom Digital Camera. The zoom was very key and the camera also had the 7 mega pixel I was looking for. So, I bought it.
The Olympus is one of the worse cameras I have ever used. I returned it 4 days later. Every time you took a picture, unless everyone was perfectly still and I mean perfectly still, the picture was blurred. Not a little blurry but you would see streaks across the shot. Why? I have no idea. It amazed me that such a high end camera could take such bad pictures. Now I had to get back to B & H to return. I hate returning but had no choice.
I found the Sony, on line at Circuit City and had it in 2 days. The camera is fantastic. I wish it had a zoom lens but I am sure that accessories are out there. The camera grabs the picture, regardless of people moving. You can set up the camera based on the light such as snow, sun, or clouds. Very smart and very compact.
So, we’re off on vacation in a few weeks. Taking all the camera gear – including the 35mm but I am thrilled that I finally found the right one one for my pocket. Why would a digital camera with the technology available vary so widely? I learned my lesson. Stick with the camera you decide on in the first place, and just hunt it down.