Natasha and I have always said that we prefer digital cameras that are sized in a way that makes them feel substantial in your hands. None of that thumbs and forefingers nonsense, holding the camera as if it were a smelly diaper half a yard in front of your face. Real photographers use viewfinders anyway!
The obvious drawback to that approach is that you cannot carry your camera with you all the time. I’ve been lately finding myself in occasional situations where I wished I had a camera, but I’m definitely not lugging my hefty Nikon with me to work on an off chance that I come upon something worthwhile taking a snapshot of.
So, this week, I made an impulse decision that I needed to get me a compact digicam. Something cheap, not necessarily very advanced, but adequate in picture quality. I’d even settle on a 4-5 megapixels model, because I don’t believe that you ever need large-resolution pictures for non-professional purposes.
I popped into the nearby camera store, surveyed the models they had in the low range, spent a couple of hours researching those models on the internet, and confirmed my usual view that you don’t really save much money on ordering a low-end item online. I also discovered, to my surprise, that photographic progress left me somewhat behind, and cameras with resolutions below 8 megapixels are becoming scarce. Conversely, even the 8-megapixel models are now often priced in the range of a tank of gas.
I went back to the store and acquired a cool Fujifilm Finepix J12 (blue). Which is now settled in my jacket pocket. Now, all I have to do is become more aware of situations worth recording for posterity. And work on not feeling silly at stopping in the middle of my commute routine to take a picture of something.
I’ll keep you all updated.