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Looking for a New Point and Shoot Camera?

Posted By Earl J On November 28, 2011 @ 7:00 am In Photo Tips | 4 Comments

I’ve photographed for years with a large digital camera, wrestling with lenses and a good-sized bag.  It was inconvenient, especially when traveling.  When that camera, one that I still love, developed a glitch and needed repair, I knew it was time to add a second.

This camera and its case, shown in the first photo, have greatly exceeded my expectations and, when I visited Poland this spring, it was the only camera I took with me. It sure made traveling simpler plus giving me photos I am very happy with.  It’s wonderfully small and hangs around my neck and I often keep it under my t-shirt. The case easily holds back-up batteries and memory cards.

It’s a Sony point and shoot, and has a lot going for it with the plus of having a very small price. You get 14.1 mega pixels, a 26-104 mm Carl Zeiss lens, a 3 inch lcd and a 4x zoom.  Best of all it can be purchased for about $100.

Now I want you to see some of the pictures I’ve taken with it.

The second photo shows what you can capture by setting to the widest angle;  a lot more scenery than with most lenses.

Next, the rose was taken using the macro setting that makes the background a bit fuzzy, thereby highlighting the flower and the moisture droplets.

Here’s a baby crocodile held by a worker in a Florida state park.  I’ve cropped close, and again, the background is nicely out of focus because of using the zoom.

I bought this camera because, in reviews, its ability to make sharp enlargements was emphasized, and I like large photos, having a wall of 11×14’s in my office. This last photo is of one those prints in my office and it’s sharpness rivals that of enlargements taken with my large camera.

When looking, there are many good sources for camera reviews, but my favorite has been www.dpreview.com [1].  This might be a good place to start if you are looking for a good first (or second) camera.

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