I went over to see Rich and check out the all new Canon G9 today, which I am pretty much now convinced that I want. It got me thinking about digital cameras and the ones that have passed through my hands, so I thought I would throw a quick post up about it.
1. Canon SD-100 (online review)
This little guy was my first. It was the winter of 2003, and my friend Matt had gotten one for Christmas. After playing with it I was quite enamored. I rushed out to buy it as soon as he left town the next day.
At the time (as always) it was top of the class. 3.2 Megapixels, the first digital ELPH to take SD memory cards, it was small, and it could take red-eye out before you downloaded the pictures to the computer. I was in love. I took pictures all the time, and it captured many of the moments early on in mine and DaNece's relationship.
We still have this little guy, and it still takes perfectly fine pictures, though after 4 years it needs a new battery.
2. Canon SD-600 (online review)
A wonderful present that I received from DaNece for Christmas of '06. The SD100 was getting older, and easily outclassed by everything on the market. Suddenly 3.2 megapixels was laughable. How could anybody live with such low quality. And then there the SD-600
6 megapixels of beauty, 2.5 inches of LCD display, and a digital macro setting which finally allowed me to take pictures close-up. Different Scene modes which automatically adjusted the camera for different places you might find yourself. The new Digic II processor meant way better color in my photos, as well as better response when I hit the magic button. I started to feel like a real photography-type person. I was in heaven.
I took it everywhere. Ultimately this was my downfall. On a hike one day while bushwacking, the camera was somehow pulled from my case without me realizing it. I returned to the truck to find my lovely sidekick gone from my side. It was less than six months since I had gotten it, and I was heartbroken. I followed by tracks 3 times that day, but never did locate it. Somewhere there was a Javalina enjoying it's new found photography freedom, as I wept for the loss of mine.
Ever since DaNece and I had been together she had spoken longingly of a film SLR camera that her brother had. "It has changeable lenses" she would say with a far-away look in her eye. The answer to her subliminal cries for appeasement came in March of '07 in the form of an affordable digital SLR camera that came with 2 zuiko lenses (a 14-45mm, and a 40-150mm), all packaged together for around $800.
It comes in at a whopping 8 megapixels, which is plenty big enough for almost anybody. And it was the only DSLR that came with a dust-reduction system to help remove unwanted guests from your pictures.
DaNece is in love with this monster, and when we go out for a drive around the state, it sits nestled in the back seat, ready for it's chance to shine. She sometimes lets me play with it, and I am constantly stunned by how sharp the images are, and how crisp the colors come through. For the money paid, it is a great camera.
But it has a flaw. Features. Lots of them. So many, in fact, that they have overwhelmed my dear-heart, and so it is often left on 'AUTO' mode. As she learns more about what all the buttons do she realized that this is an amazing camera, but often wishes for something smaller and easier.
My newest baby. This camera has been a muse to me. Purchased in August of '07 right before a trip to Philadelphia, I had lots of time to learn my new camera while in airports. A minor upgrade in resolution (from 6.0 to 7.1 megapixels), and yet another digic processor upgrade (to Digic III), the true feature that made this camera for me is the Optical Image Stabilization. Often times I am shaky, either from caffeine or lack thereof. This camera removes minor shakes to make super crisp images. I am constantly astounded.
Weather driving to Wickenburg, or hiking through Prescott National Forest this little camera has come through time and time again. Great battery life (the entire Philadelphia trip, well over 300 photos, on one single battery charge), and the perfect size to take on a lunch-hour walk through the alleys of Prescott.
My love with this camera, however, is fading. I want to branch out and I sharply feel the lack of certain features, such as aperture priority, and external flash capabilities. I want more, but I don't want to carry a suitcase to fit all my goodies in. I had told myself that such a beast didn't exist. I was wrong.
5. Canon G9? (review)
I blame Rich and DaNece for my conundrum. Rich for linking me over to the G9 in the first place, and DaNece for saying that she wants a smaller camera that she can take on hikes. Yes, I'm afraid it is all their fault, and I am not to blame at all.
6x optical zoom, all the same options as a DSLR camera, and without having to cart around lenses! 12 megapixel resolution, which is a bit of overkill for the sensor size, but impressive nonetheless if big numbers impress you.
How easy it is for me to think "Well if she wants a smaller camera, I will give her the sd-800 and then I will upgrade." She looked at the G9, and she still thinks it is too big for her. To me it looks just right, and for $450 it's starting to sound awful tempting with an IRS refund on the way....