Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Camera Suggestions?

We need a new camera soon, and I want to do some research before I buy one. So first of all, I want to ask you guys! Since I know some of you are camera buffs.

I think I am just going to stick with a point-and-shoot for now. Around the $200-$500 price range. I would love to get a more 'fancy' super-awesome camera, but I'm not sure if I can justify the price if I am only taking pics of the kids every day? I would LOVE to get into photography more in the future, but I just don't have the time or money to pursue it now. But I do want a decent enough camera to capture my kids day to day.

Here is what is important to me:

*Quick reaction time. I push the button and it takes the picture immediately. Ours right now has about a second delay and I miss so many good shots because of it.

*Quick recovery between shots. Ours right now takes 5-10 seconds (depending on how the batteries are, and they die SO quickly), and it drives me crazy. I would love to be able to just shoot away continually if possible.

*Preferably a rechargeable battery, that I could get 2 of so I could keep an extra charged one on hand.

*A really good memory card (or at least I could buy an extra card with tons of space to go with it).

*I'd like 10 or so mega pixels.

*It MUST be able to take video as well.

*Zoom is nice, but not too essential.

Ok, so I really don't know anything about cameras at this point. I could use some help and tips! Or even if you have an awesome camera that is above my price range, let me know about it and maybe I can save up for a while if it's worth it. I'd like to learn about/have the option to play with manual settings some day too.



Marla said...

I have the Sony Cyber-Shot. AMAZING Camera. Think it was about $200 but I'm not sure. It has everything you wanted but is 7.2 megapixels. It has 10 minutes of video with sound. It has all sorts of different settings for taking pics in different settings.
I love it.

Here are pictures I've taken with it:

And here's a video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwJ6KG7sS90 (my living room was dark- it's not the camera).

Anyway, I totally recommend it.

VanessaKim said...

I don't know if the canon powershot takes video but I've seen some amazing pictures come from it.
If I were getting a point & shoot it's definitely what I'd go with. Cameras are all about the lenses so I'd recommend a canon or nikon but that's just me. :)
& I have a slr & use it mostly for just the kids. I found mine fairly cheap off craigslist. Aren't pictures of your kids priceless even if that's all you're using the camera for? If you can afford it at all I say try for a DSLR. :)