It only took a few tries, a fair amount of cash, and lots of patience, but …
I think I have found my most-of-the-time camera. So far, I’m loving the new Nikon Coolpix A1000. Sure, the tech reviews weren’t great, but since I’m not a professional photographer, the camera does everything I need it to do, does it well, and the controls are soooo easy. The settings are nearly identical to the old Olympus, with just enough difference that there will be a very small learning curve (like, where in the heck is that macro setting?). I’m ok with that.
Searching for a new camera can be as stressful as, well, wondering who’s at the door when you’re not expecting company:
And, there’s the research involved, and the need to contact others for advice:
The whole buying-a-new camera process is certainly nothing to sneeze at:
But if ultimately you can find a camera that suits your needs, without requiring a second mortgage on your home, it’s well worth it. Check out the photos with my new camera – and note that none of them are excessively blue (bad, bad Nikon Coolpix B700 – you have been retired unless I need that 60X zoom):
Not one of those photos required extensive editing. That makes me very happy.
Initially, I was concerned about the purple spot on the Hideout photo, but none of the prior or subsequent pictures had that, so maybe I just had my fingers too close to the lens or a sensor or maybe a speck of dust got on the lens or maybe the light was weird in that particular place (or maybe there really was something purple on the trunk of that tree which I didn’t notice before taking the photo).
One drawback with the A700, however, is that everything’s very close together; people with big fingers might find it annoying, especially when the LCD monitor blacks out just as you’re about to shoot, because your finger has gotten too close to the viewfinder sensor. I’ve learned to hold the camera more carefully and haven’t had any further issues with monitor vs. viewfinder.
It is Labor Day weekend here in the U.S. Summer will be officially over soon. Mother Nature felt a need to remind me of that:
Happy long weekend to those in the U.S., and happy regular weekend to everyone else. May the summer end in peace for all of us.
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Images by Cordelia’s Mom/TeddyRosalie Studio