Sometime in the last year or so, my camera started to take pictures slower than I could draw them, and also had developed a line of dead pixels. I think it was mostly because I didn’t take care of it and shoved it in my linty pockets instead of storing it in a case. I hemmed and hawed over what to buy next. Should I finally get a dSLR, or stick with a point and shoot? I decided not to decide. Thanks to a great financing deal at Best Buy, I got a new P&S and my first dSLR. A major factor was our choice of honeymoon spots (more on that later), and thinking of all the great shots I would be missing if I only had my slow P&S.
New P&S: Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS:
I haven’t used this camera extensively yet because I have been mostly messing around with the dSLR. It’s pretty much the same as my previous camera, with a couple more bells and whistles. The most important factor was the HD video recording capability. Like I said, I don’t use it that often, so not much video has been captured either. It’s form is very tiny, so that’s good for transporting, but a little harder to take those self-composed pictures of me and Amanda.
New dSLR: Canon EOS Rebel T1i:
I went against the grain a little bit here by going Canon instead of Nikon, which most of my friends have. I found it to fit better in my hands, and also was used to the menu system. I’m still shooting in all the auto modes, but I’m very pleased with the picture quality, and mostly the speed of capturing a moment. My first “shoot” was for my niece’s month party. It’s hard to get used to lugging around a huge camera, but the pictures make it worth it. Here’s one of my favorites.
Check out the rest of the set on Flickr: Ella’s Month Party