Taking a cue from my buddy Jeremiah, who used his blog to get recommendations both for his camera and for relevant podcasts for his upcoming trip, I thought I’ll try out something similar, since I’m in the middle of purchasing a digital camera.
Before I continue, let me take this opportunity to wish Jeremiah the very best on his “Return to Roots” trip to his hometown.
Bon Voyage to Jeremiah and Shirley!
Back to the camera hunt: The last camera I purchased, the Kodak V570, based on an Esquire recommendation didn’t quite match my expectations, so I decided to fall back on suggestions from the community.
Given below is a short list of my criteria. Feel free to share your experiences of purchasing a digital camera, dos, donts, etc…
1. Price range: $300 –
$600 (decided to re-think the higher-end since it makes more sense to pay $300 more to get a DSLR)
2. Usage: Should be compact (not necessarily, ultra-compact), need to carry it around events, parties, just about anywhere I am with friends and company
3. Picture Quality: 7 – 10 mega pixels will work for me!
4. Anti-shake: many of these ultra-compact cameras have a propensity to take blurry, red-eye, shaky images (esp. low-light pics) and I’d definitely love to avoid that
5. SD Card acceptability: one of the reasons I dropped the Sony Cybershot was because it didn’t accept SD Cards. I have a 2Gb SD card and I don’t intend purchasing any more memory cards.
As of now, I’m trying to choose between the Canon Powershot G7 and the Leica D-Lux 3.
from l-r: Canon Powershot G7 & Leica D-Lux 3 (Awesome!)
Let me know if you’ve had a bad experience with either of the above cameras or if you have any further suggestions. Thanks!