I fell in love with Faith's digital camera this weekend in Paris - she has a Canon Powershot, an A70 I think, and I couldn't keep my hands off of it. It's high time that I get a new camera. I have three, a gorgeous manual Minolta, a 'normal' camera which I've had for years and years, and my digital one. I hardly ever use the Minolta because it's heavy to tote around, but I love it because there's definitely a difference in the quality of the pictures. I can look at a picture and know instantly which camera I used. The 'normal' one is a Canon which I got for Christmas about seven years ago - it's by no means top of the line, and it's also very heavy, but it does the job.
And then there's the digital one, which I despise more every day. Dad gave me his hand-me-down before I left, but it got stolen back in December, and I've been using the cheap replacement ever since. It's flat, tiny, and light, uses a tiny memory card which I can plug directly into my laptop, and it's supposedly 3.1 megapixels, but that's where the good things end. There are a lot of problems with it. I didn't realize I had so many 'beefs' with it, but once I started writing this, I couldn't stop. :)
First, there's no optical zoom - the only way to zoom is digitally, which means the picture gets grainy and blurry (and not just a little, either) if I zoom.
The second problem is the instability of it - if your hands shake at all, the pictures comes out blurry. Very few people can take a clear picture on the first try with it.
Which leads me to my third problem - the LCD screen. It's very small and also very grainy - it's almost impossible to see if a picture itself is blurry or if it just looks like it is because of the quality of the LCD. I sometimes get to my computer and start viewing the photos, only to realize that half of them aren't even worth saving.
My fourth complaint is the shutter speed. I press the button to take a photo, but the picture doesn't actually take for almost a full second after that, which gives plenty of time for people to walk in front of your shot or for other things to happen. And it leaves out any possibility of candid shots - you have to hold up the camera too long for it to go unnoticed.
Fifth, the camera operation speed itself is terribly slow. If I want to turn on the flash, for example, the LCD screen goes black, the red light starts flashing, and it takes twenty or thirty seconds before it's ready to be used.
Number six: the automatic power-off function. It goes off after one minute, which I think is too fast. Five minutes, okay. Even three minutes. But not one minute. I can't tell you how many times I've turned it on, waited for a good shot, raised the camera, and then had it turn off. It's especially annoying when I've wasted those twenty or thirty seconds to turn the flash on, and then it turns itself off.
Number seven, the last one I can think of for now, is minor, but still a bit weird. If I take a picture, it shows up on the LCD for ten seconds or so, then goes away and the screen once again shows whatever is in front of it, ready for the next shot. However, if I try to go back and view the picture I've just taken, I can't. I can view the second-to-last one, and all the ones before that, but not the very last one. I was mystified by this, so I tried it once after totally emptying the card - I took one picture and then tried to view it, but the camera told me there was no picture available. Very strange.
Anyway, so that camera is going on my wish list. On the website, it's $400, but maybe it's less at BestBuy. Or maybe there's another one almost as good which is cheaper, or maybe Dad has another hand-me-down. In any case, I want a nice digital camera to use as my principle camera; then I won't have to drag all three of them everywhere. I love the concept of digital photography, because you can see the pictures right after you take them and you don't have to sit and think, "Okay, I'm wasting a shot, I better make this good." But I didn't realize exactly how bad mine was until I used Faith's this weekend. Wow. And it's a year old, too.
Other notes: I still have that pain in the back of my mouth, and now it's gotten worse, and localized to the side of my tongue, way at the back. I must have bitten it in my sleep or something. But it's a real pain, because every time my tongue moves against my teeth, it hurts. Which means I can't eat, drink, spit, lick my lips, or even swallow without pain. Hope it goes away soon.
Going to CentreParcs tomorrow to swim, yay!!! :)