My next camera

This is my current beloved and trusty Casio ex-z750 and I had it since early 2005. Like many others, I still think it is the best compact camera back in 2005 for both picture and video. It is odd how I miss it everyday when I leave home without it. My wife takes great pictures and videos for our kids at home and many of her work are posted here in this blog. And I will take away her photo and video opportunity if I have it with me leaving home.

So here comes my next camera dilemma: I want another point and shoot while I am also on the prospect of venturing into dSLR and perhaps prosumer type of camera. So far I have boiled down to few choices:

If I get another p&s, I will definitely enjoy the casual shooting everyday with the portability and flexibility in a p&s. But if I go prosumer and dSLR, I will definitely advance in the hobby going into a different level of experience with photography. The caveat is the time split (or shared) between hobby and family. What is stopping me from having fun -- Time and Money.

Update: I have purchased Fuji f30 as my 2nd p&s camera. Test shots of fuji f30 can be seen in Fuji f30 Test Shots. And I have purchased Pentax K100D with kit lens and Pentax DA 50-200.


Anonymous said... @ September 30, 2006 at 9:21:00 PM PDT

I'm more of an artistic photographer. My boyfriend is the geek with things. He's great at understanding the mechanical and technical parts of photography. (just as an overview)

With that being said, it's true that when you want to venture into the realm of dslr, it's a whole new world out there. Creativity and getting good pictures doesn't mean anything if you get a great camera but lack the skills or imagination to go with it. However, there are things that dSLR can do great, for instance, you'll be able to have fun playing around with the depth of field, which you don't really get from a p&s. Discovered a few of this from playing around with my boyfriend's D70s.

My sugggestion? If you want to be more serious about photography, get yourself a dSLR. You'll learn so much more about photography. Just to remind you, don't get caught up with all the technicalities to the point where you get overwhelmed and paralyses your art.

At the same time, keep a p&s handy at all times. ;)

One camera is not enough.

Hin Man said... @ September 30, 2006 at 11:44:00 PM PDT

Thank you so much for the insightful reply. I am agreeing with you totally and hence my struggle in getting both a dSLR and a 2nd p&s. I don't need a 2nd p&s but it is so darn convenient to have it in my backpack at all times while my wife have hers at home for the kids. I personally like both dSLR and p&s. What is stopping me? Two things: time and money.

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