test driving the new camera has been exciting - can't believe i went so long with only the point-and-shoot and the old hard-body Pentax 35mm. i really am a digital girl... that's the sorta song that i could get behind.
i have some favorites from yesterday and some great visual images that will make their way into paintings over the next few months too. i only took about 350 pictures between 2:30 and 9:30 last night. of course, a major portion of them didn't make the cut - but that's one of the beauties of going digital.
top 6 reasons that i love my Nikon Coolpix P510:
- very intuitive design and controls
i have been able to take manual pictures with it since i picked it up in the store. (this may sound a little crazy, but it's important. most of the cameras i picked up - like some of the cannons that i was eyeing up based on some reviews i'd heard - i wasn't able to even get it to focus and take a picture on the manual setting. call me old fashioned, but if you understand, f-stop, ISO, and shutter speed, then you should be able to pick up a camera and take a decent picture without watching a 1 hour camera operational instruction video or taking an 8 week class.)
- great weight
it just feels good in my hands. it is balanced and light weight enough to hold in one hand
- meta data
yeah, that's right, i love that i don't have to take a photo notebook and record the photo number and camera settings i am using. it attaches all of that information including GPS on to the photo.
- it's not film
there's no film to mess with. i enjoy the immediate gratification of knowing if i got the shot i wanted.
- the 4 inch display screen
this isn't just a display screen, it is positionable so that (short people like me) can pull the display screen down and hold the camera up over my head to get shots that i wouldn't normally be able to accomplish on my feet. a bonus, for low shots, i can lift it up and hold the camera down low without having to lay on the ground - that's very handy for busy sidewalks...
- 42x optical zoom
more is better - without having to cart multiple lens with me. this just makes it so much more portable.