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Aloha Friday: Help Momma Buy A New Camera

It’s time for another Aloha Friday, the day that you take it easy and look forward to the weekend, in Hawaii and blog land anyway. As you should know by now, over at An Island Life, Kailani decided that on Fridays she would take it easy on posting and ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

If you’d like to participate, just post your own question on your blog and leave your link at An Island Life’s blog. Don’t forget to visit the other participants! It’s a great way to make new bloggy friends!

So I might have mentioned that a certain camera has recently caught my eye. Truth be told, two certain cameras have caught my eye – and while the prettiness of one has me swooning, I still can’t quite decide – see there’s this cute little Canon PowerShot SD1100IS that makes the color brown look chic and sophisticated – it has 8 megapixels and a 3x optical zoom. I know the zoom is kind of like, “okay, whatever,” but it’s tiny and fits in your pocket so I can whip it out anywhere and grab that cute little moment. The shutter speed is like leaps and bounds better than my current point and shoot and the pictures are crisper and clearer. And as for the potentially weak zoom I say – we have a Nikon D40 – if we think we’ll need a 10x optical zoom or whatever we’re covered – this is for birthday parties and trips to the park, where lugging around a gigantic SLR looks kind of silly and weighs on you. I love that big bulky Nikon but we’ve missed a lot of photo ops because neither DH or I felt like lugging it around and being stuck behind the thing. That isn’t really an issue with a point and shoot – particularly a tiny 4.5 ounce one. And did I mention it’s pretty?

Enter the Canon Powershot SX110IS. My brother-in-law recently bought this camera and apparently it was so wow-worthy that his incessantly cool aunt went out and bought herself one, too. This little beauty has 9 megapixels with that coveted 10 optical zoom. And it’s only like $30 more. I know – how could this be a tough choice. Well for one – cute brownie up there has a tiny little view finder in addition to the LCD screen – that used to mean something – maybe it doesn’t now but there it is. Also brownie is smaller. BIL’s camera is twice as heavy at 8.6 ounces, which is granted nothing compared to the 1.6 pounds of our Nikon D40, but still – when we get this I’ll be lugging an infant and chasing after a three year old and not sleeping much. Every ounce counts I think. Or maybe not. For me the real thing is the size of the camera over the weight – Brownie is slim and compact and can probably fit anywhere with ease. BIL’s camera is a bit bigger but it’s also more shapely and will not fit in a pocket or my over-stuffed pocket book – at least not easily. I don’t want to be carrying around another thing – it has to fit in something we’re already carrying or I’m going to leave it at home. Anyway, so here’s BIL’s camera so you can see it to compare:

It’s kind of funny because this is a look that usually sits really well with me – it kind of has that real camera vibe that I usually admire. I’ve never been into the slim-line cameras, always wanted some meat to hold onto. But then again it wasn’t that long ago that carrying a camera around was hardly a big deal as I wasn’t likely to be carrying anything else. Those days are gone. And suddenly that slimline camera is looking down right sexy. But is it really practical? I think I need an outside opinion. So folks if you wouldn’t mind, could you answer one of the following questions:

  • If you own either of these cameras, please let me know what you think of it.
  • If you own a similar small camera that you are in love with – tell me all about it!
  • If neither applies, tell me, which camera would you pick in my situation? Brownie or BIL?

By Jen E @ mommablogsalot

Mom to 2 kids and 1 dog. Wife of 1 handsome engineer. I'm almost always found behind the camera, in front of the computer, lost in a good book or dragging my family on another new adventure.

14 replies on “Aloha Friday: Help Momma Buy A New Camera”

Thank you for commenting on my blog. I would definitely recommend Inkheart. Good luck with choosing your camera. I have a pink Pentax one, which is a bit like the Canon. I like it because it is small and I can put it in my pocket. Might be less to carry with a toddler and one on the way.

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I have a Canon PowerShot A570. I have had it for a little over a year. I bought mine after my father loved his. I wanted something easy to tote around and have for those moments with the kids. My only complaint is that recently the battery sensor is not working. Clearly my batteries that were just charged are not dying. Hubby did some research recently and found that is a common complaint.

Good luck making your decision.

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Bloggers are always needing a close up photo of one thing or another. My husband just bought me a Kodak EX but I still am learning about it. I had the Canon Powershot (still do) but I couldn’t get close up or clear zoom photos. So, practice taking some real close close up shots with both cameras and go with which ever workd the best.

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