And now for something completely different.
I need a new digital camera. My current one is the suck. It drains batteries faster than a cheap whore when sailors are on leave. It also has really low megapixels, which results in some pretty terrible picture quality unless you select "best" at which point you can shoot 33 pictures at best and that's with the 512MB memory card in it. It will not see larger memory cards. I have a 2GB that I bought all for it, and it can't see it. All in all, it annoys me and with digital cameras and photo printers finally starting to rival film cameras, I want an upgrade. I want an upgrade in time for my party, which means that I might be going to buy this spiffy Canon with 10 megapixel, 4x optical and 4x digital zoom. Here
have a link. That's the one I'm debating. The second runner up was this baby
, but it loses because it offers less megapixels, and only has 3x optical zoom. Not to mention that the second one only takes the Canon battery pack. That annoys me. I like to use AA's, thank you very much. I was really only tempted by the second because it is sleeker, which is something that I enjoy. It would fit in a pocket or purse better but the difference between the two really isn't all that substantial size-wise.
Deciding on a Canon camera was the easy part. I have three film cameras (although I cannot for the life of my manage to find the third one). Of the two I can locate, one is a Canon 35M point and shoot and the other is a Kodak APS point and shoot with a 2x optical zoom. The Kodak is newer but in no way nicer. The Canon camera takes beautiful pictures. The images are always crisp and clean, and it is old. It is old as in I got it for a birthday present when my parents were still together. I was probably in high school, but I can't recall. It's that old, and it works like a charm. The Kodak has questionable quality, especially when you zoom. The images get pixellated. I love Kodak prints. When I have film developed, I always go for Kodak if the place has it, but the camera itself cannot compare with my Canon. My third (missing) camera is another APS camera, which I loved. I cannot remember what type of camera it was. I know it was point and shoot and did not have optical zoom, but it had better picture quality than the current Kodak APS. I'm sad that I can't find it because I still have a few rolls of APS film I need to shoot.
Then we get the my photo printer, which was a present from my dad a few months after he got me the camera. (Well, more like half a year. The camera was for Christmas and then the printer was for the following birthday when he wanted me to print out the pictures I had taken with the camera when I was in England.) My HP Photosmart 245 worked like a charm. I never used it much due to the above stated fact of still preferring the quality of film, but it did its job. And then, suddenly, I went to turn it on and the damn thing won't light up. At all. I've done everything with it and the power cord that my troubleshooting skills can consider and nothing. It's DOA. I looked around to see if I could find a replacement power cord and those fucking things range from $35 to $60. I can buy a new photo printer that has a LCD touchscreen for cropping pictures, prints more sizes and is faster for $100. I think my decision is made there, too. Here's
the printer I'm considering.
So, basically, I can drop a little over $300 and have a nice camera and photo printer set, which would be awesome because I would like to have both. I'd like to get myself back into photography. Well, amateur photography anyway, and it would be nice to have pictures of my current friends. I sort of stopped taking pictures shortly after college ended, which would probably surprise all my college friends because I was something of an annoying shutterbug.
That's enough of that rant. I'll probably be buying the camera and the printer later today because the party is next Saturday. That's not a lot of time.