If you’ve got kids, you got to have a camera. There’s something about the insatiable need to capture every moment of your children’s lives. If it’s not captured on film, it is gone forever.
My desire for a better camera grew once I became a mom. I was content with my old compact point and shoot back in days of BC (Before Children). Sure it has a slow shutter speed and inadequate image stabilization; I didn’t need them much. I barely used the device and when I did I mostly shot scenes. Three months into Ravi’s life, I was finally fed up. It was time to take on something with a little more fire power.
I knew I was going to need a higher resolution and a faster lens, but I also knew that I needed something simple enough for an amateur to handle. After comparing dozens of cameras, we selected the Canon PowerShot SX200IS. One thing that set it above the rest is the lens. It has a bigger lens compared to the traditional point and shoot. This resulted in a 12x optical zoom, which was rare three years ago, and a faster shutter speed, since the larger lens allowed more light to pass through. It also operates much like more expensive SLR cameras, which allows a user to set shutter speed and configure settings such as ISO. Most of the pictures on this blog were shot using this camera. The PowerShot served us for three years and we were very happy with it.
Several weeks ago, there was an incident in our household. Our PowerShot fell into the toilet. I don’t know how or why that happened, but I wasn’t all that surprised given all the chaos going on in our household. I wasn’t home at the time, but when I got there I found a PowerShot with water trapped between lenses. Needless to say, we were once again in the market for a new camera. This time around I wanted even more fire power.
Three years of playing around with PowerShot gave me a good idea as to what I wanted from a camera. I have played with my dad’s Canon 40D; I loved the image quality and flexibility, but hated the size. There’s no way I could handle this camera and the kids at the same time. One day, I stumbled onto a website that introduced me to the Panasonic DMC-GF3. It opened my eyes to a new class of cameras, the compact SLR. It felt like a new world opened up to me. I loved its price, size, capability, and flexibility. The cool thing about this camera is that it can be used with the Panasonic Lumix Vario X HD lens (14-42mm), which is an ultra compact lens with lots of zoom. This combination is so compact that it is not much bigger than my old PowerShot. But after much research, I found out about the “double imaging” issue potentially due to its stabilization mechanism. I was heart broken… but not for long. The search for another compact SLR led me to my true love, the Sony NEX C3 with 18-55mm zoom lens bundle. Sony of course is an electronic power house and makes fantastic CMOS image sensors. At some point they acquired Minolta, which was a fantastic optical company (lens maker). This marriage ensured that my new camera was going to be top notch.
Once my new camera arrived, I immediately took some test shots. Oh boy is it sexy! The feel of it is wonderful. It is just heavy enough to feel significant, big enough to fit comfortably in my small hands, and the whole thing fits into such a small bag. HD video, tiltable 3 inch LCD screen, nice zoom and shutter speed with the 18-55mm lens… The pictures look fantastic even under low lights conditions. I am in love and this is my soul mate… for the next three years anyway. Here’s a picture of my darling. Doesn’t it look sexy?! Just thinking about it brings tears to my eyes.
This is certainly a new beginning for me. This camera has reinvigorated my desire to learn more about photography and to begin other projects that I have been thinking about doing. The sky is the limit, and you are going to help me get there.