A Camera for Your Sweetheart?

Christmas and Hanukkah are long gone, and the next season of gift giving has arrived – Valentine’s Day!  If you’re scrambling for a great gift, look no further than some of the fantastic new cameras that are being released by Nikon and Canon.  Just before the holidays, I talked about how much I liked the Nikon D3100 (DSLR) and the compact Nikon S8100.  I liked the S8100 so much that I plunked down the $249  ($299 Retails) and purchased one as a gift.

I’ve recently been helping a client learn how to use hers and I’ve been so amazed with the ‘intelligence’ in the pocket camera.  My client will take hers to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to record her ‘once in a lifetime’ images, so don’t think this camera is a lightweight.  I look forward to taking mine to Turkey in the spring!

Nikon S8100 in Red

Nikon S8100 Back

When everyone seems to be jumping on the DSLR bandwagon, I think you should look at these smaller, compact cameras that pack 12 megapixels and some awesome, scene recognition abilities, like the S8100!  If you’re worried about a shutter lag time in this camera, forget about it.  It’s minimal.  Now you can check out the S9100!  ($329 Retail)  The improvements just keep coming folks.

Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix P500 Back

Today I learned of some other cameras and I want to share this info with you.  The press release for the Nikon Coolpix P500 is: http://tinyurl.com/6cfs7xk The URL for the Nikon Coolpix 300 is: http://tinyurl.com/4ogpe6v “Created for the photo enthusiast who seeks creative control but will not compromise image quality for portability, the versatile P300 features manual controls, Optical Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, and ISO sensitivity up to 3200. These features help create low noise images and faster shutter speeds, which minimize motion blur in low-light conditions like night portraits, even when handheld.”

Now if a DSLR is what you’ve been lusting after, besides the D3100 and D7000 from Nikon, take a look at Canon’s new EOS Rebel T3i and EOS Rebel T3.  “The EOS Rebel T3i, Canon’s new flagship Rebel, offers fun and easy-to-use features for beginning photographers, and the EOS Rebel T3 provides a more attractively priced option for those looking to experience the pleasure of shooting with a DSLR camera.”   The T3i with an 18-55mm IS (image Stabilization) lens retails for $899.  The EOS Rebel T3, with the same lens, retails for $599.

Canon EOS Rebel T3i

Canon EOS Rebel T3i Back

At 18 megapixels, this is a camera to ‘grow into’ and make some great videos with.  Just have enough extra computing power to deal with the file size.  The T3 is 12 megapixels so that might be more of a file size you can handle on the home computer.

THINGS TO CONSIDER – if you want a newer camera to make great photos of your children, family gatherings, vacations, and you want to stay ‘light’, then consider the compact cameras.  Just read the manual, a little at a time, to get familiar with the controls and learn what situations you might want to use some of the wonderful ‘scene selections’ like “museum.”   Try it for indoors – it’s cool how it works!  If you think that you want to learn more about photography and use the interchangeable lenses, then a DSLR is the way to go.  Again, read that manual OR contact me to take one of my classes on “Understanding Your Digital Camera.”  Better yet, enroll your sweetheart  today!  4 classes for $150.

These classes, limited to 4,  will get you going with all your digital controls and make you more confident in using your camera in a variety of situations.  They are ‘hands-on’ classes so you can starting making the kind of photos you want today!  Email Peggy for more info:  pmorsch@att.net

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