Thursday, August 08, 2013

Camera Shopping: Know what you already have -- saved $250?

Over the past week, I've been looking into getting a new camera. Don't really need it -- what do we really "need" -- just want it. Tuesday was almost the day to pull the trigger because of a sale on the object of my desire. If I had gone through with it, I'd be poorer by, oh, $250 right now. Luckily, my cheapness and love of over analyzing everything kicked in and I began looking at alternatives. The main draw of the camera I was looking into was high-speed video recording -- not the resolution, just the ability to do so. Specifically, I wanted something that could shoot in 120 fps or 240 fps. I went through a dozen reviews about a few cameras, then read one on a model that is one step down from exactly what I have.

The story of my camera
 Let me fill you in on the history of my camera first. Photography has never been a big thing with me. The first personal camera I ever had, not counting camera phones, was a lower end Canon that I bought for work purposes. That was taken to dozens of jobs in the field and a few vacations. It worked and took reasonable photos. I never bothered to look into the features. The only two things I wanted were the Canon brand name and a relatively cheap price.

One trip out to do some work in streams, I dunked it. I wasn't a big enough clutz to drop it in the water. No. The water came to me. By which I mean to say, I was wearing chest waders, bent over in deep water, and let the pesticide and fertilizer laced water pour into the waders. My camera was located in a pouch inside the waders and I had forgotten. The second time, yes it happened again within a week or two, I was in shallow water, but knelt down to do some digging in a sand bar. It actually survived the dunking both times. There was just a lot of creaking when the lens extended and retracted. That and the settings, including time, never saved again. Over the next year or two, I kept using the camera reluctantly.

This past winter, with a Best Buy gift card in hand, I scored a Canon ELPH 320 on sale -- Boxing Day. Why did I get that model? Because it looked nice, was on sale, and I didn't want one that looked too cheap. Online reviews also said that it was a reasonably good model. Up until the past week, I was not very camera savvy. That's it. That's the story of the new camera. Most of the photos on this website are taken with it.

So it does other things too...
Going back to the original story: in the course of reading a dozen or so reviews this past week, I found out that the Canon ELPH 110 was able to film relatively high speed video in 120 fps and 240 fps. Since the ELPH 110 is a step down from the ELPH 320, it was obvious that the better model would have similar, and probably more, features. Some googling confirmed that.

Well, it turns out that my camera can do a lot. I was semi-interested in macro photography too. The ELPH 320 has a mode for that. There are probably other things that it can do, but I'm still not that big on photography and don't care enough to check. I'll try to remember to research what I already have first next time though.

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