I bought Kaysi a new point-and-shoot camera for Christmas. It’s a Nikon Coolpix (I’m not pimping them…just about everything out there will do the job). I’ll be using it or my cell phone camera to take most of the shots I post here. I’m doing that because I want to show everyone that a $10,000 camera is not needed to get amazing images. After the holidays settle down, I’ll get some shots from it posted. We’re going to be working on learning how to shoot in Aperture Priority Mode (it’s easy…I promise), and why you’d want to do that. It’s no more difficult than shooting in Auto Mode, but you get much more control and a better result.
UPDATE: OK, after using our Coolpix 7800 for the past 2 weeks, I am going to pimp this camera. Yes, I’m shamelessly promoting it. Here’s my mini-review:
Although I previously said, “just about everything out there will do the job,” and that’s true…this one does it much better than I expected. To say it’s awesome is an understatement. It’s the best point-and-shoot camera I’ve used. Its Auto Mode is outstanding, but what I really love is that it’s a fully functional manual camera as well. In other words, as you learn more about what a great camera is capable of (we’ll teach you!), it will grow with your abilities.
The 7x optical zoom gives you the same effect as a 35mm camera’s 28-200mm zoom (any idea how heavy that is?), and it has Vibration Reduction (VR) to help eliminate blurry images from a shaky hand.
Another feature I really enjoy using is the viewfinder. That’s the little glass area we all used to look through before giant digital screens became the rage. I don’t mean to imply that a big viewing screen is a bad thing, but if you’ve ever been out on a bright clear day, with the sun slightly behind you, the glare on those screens can make it very difficult to see where you’re actually pointing the camera. Here’s where having a viewfinder will save the day. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of point-and-shoot cameras left that still have one.
It’s handling of color (particularly skin tone) is also amazing. Overall, I’m so pleased with it, that when we travel now, knowing I’m going somewhere that I plan on capturing some great images, I will no longer be lugging around 40 pounds (and $12,000) of my Digital SLR gear. It’s just me and my sweet little Coolpix.