With a new puppy slated to arrive in early May I figure it's way past time to get my hands on a good camera. I don't claim to be a good photographer, although I do find angles and lighting fun to play with, I know my photos are usually less than stellar. I like to blame it on my very slow, very frustrating camera which is a little GE point and shoot. While I'm very thankful to have it (it was a gift from Coreena and Max) since I got it just before losing my amazing Sony point and shoot when I rolled a quad at the dunes, it's run it's course and now takes worse pictures than I want to have my name on.
So, with taxes being filed and some other money we have coming from Alex's stock from being Alaska-born we'll have enough to pay off our debts, buy a camera and other miscellanious items we're in need of (like slip-covers for the hideous couches we own and a kitchen table we like!).
In my research of cameras I know that I'm not ready for a DSLR, I tend to be quite forgetful and don't want to deal with not having the lens I need at the time I need it and spending all the money on them, etc. I've grown a bit beyond a typical point and shoot... they bore me now. Thankfully there is a happy medium :-D
I fell in love with this camera when it was first released. I love that it has a 3 inch screen and 20x zoom and I can easily get a zoom extender for less than $50 that will give it 40x optical zoom! We all know with puppies playing at the dog park and beach the more zoom you have the better! Even better than the zoom is the ability to shoot 10 frames per second, no more missing out on the goofy looks as the pup runs towards me! Okay, so it will take some getting used to, but I believe when we get our taxes back I'm gonna order me this puppy. I'll probably order it off Ebay in a package deal with a memory card and such but soon I'll be able to post better photos again! I loved my mom's little camera, it enabled me to take some great photos of Eclipse and the kids, but now we're moving on up!