With the holidays coming and wish lists being made I thought I'd share a few thoughts about cameras. Nikon has been known for their great lenses for many years. That is one of the reasons I have been purchasing their cameras. I also have Cannon cameras. I think the two brands are very comparable.
My first digital Nikon camera was a Coolpix 6400 - which we left on an airplane (I am sure it has found a new home somewhere.) I replaced that camera with a Coolpix 8800 - in favor of more mega pixels. I really like this camera for a general use camera. Amazon has them listed at $549.00 about 1/2 what they were a couple of years ago.
- 10x Zoom-Nikkor (35-350mm) lens (great range- macro to zoom!)
- 8.0 mega pixels
- VR feature (helps with shaky situations)
- Macro shooting as close as 3cm (1.2 in.)
- 15 Scene Modes automatically adjust controls for great pictures instantly
- Durable body - mine has lived through some rough situations!
- Vari-angle LCD monitor for total convenience in any shooting position - I especially like this feature for getting shots from way down low. (I don't have to lay on the ground to get the shot!)
- * In-camera image correction to remove “red-eye”
- * Movie mode.
This camera is great as an alternative to the more expensive SLR. The only real flaw (IMO) in my 8800 is I can't change the lens.
I bought a digital SLR - to use specialized lenses. The Nikon D80 is like carrying around a hand held computer. The features are too numerous to list. (check out Nikon USA for more details.) This is my "get serious" camera.
Note about using a digital SLR camera:
- If you are accustomed to using a monitor to take pictures - this SLR might throw you - it has a monitor but it is designed for viewing and editing photos only.
- No movie mode - this camera was designed for taking pictures.
Okay, so there are times when I just don't want a 2 pound camera hanging around my neck - like when I am at a theme park. This is where camera #3 comes in. I just purchased a pocket sized camera and I didn't even have to compromise on the mega pixels!
The Nikon Coolpix S51 is a great little camera -
- It fits easily in a pocket
- 3 inch monitor (love the big screen!)
- weighs under 5 oz.
- has a really cool face recognition feature - automatically focuses on faces when it is turned on.
- D lighting rescues dark or backlit images by adding brightness or detail where needed.
- VR - helps with shaky situations.
- in camera red eye fix
- has a great macro mode (1.6 inches)
- movie mode
- Priced in the $200 range!
- Zoom is not comparable to the Coolpix 8800 - but then I didn't expect it to be.
- I am not used to holding such a small camera - I find myself getting fingers in front of the lens.
- Fear of dropping - the a handy wrist strap is a necessity.
For such a small camera I think this one carries a powerful punch.
If you are finding yourself still turning in rolls of film - there has never been a better time to make a change to digital.