A detailed recap of my journey in becoming a Canon loyalist:
I recently have had to purchase a new camera because the late Casio Exilim EX-S600 (as shown below)…
…could not survive two years and started to produce pictures like so:
You can clearly see the overexposure and horizontal lines that seem to come from nowhere (it’s so bright, it looks like I chose the B/W feature!). It would actually fix temporarily when I shook it and smacked it around a couple times, but now it’s permanently dead and I want me a good camera! I originally bought this Casio off of ebay (NIB) for about $280 (s/h included) and currently on sale on Amazon for $299; I’ll probably never spend that much on a camera again. Although in its prime I did enjoy its easy-to-use interface and slim body, I am now willing to sacrifice size for better features.
Now, here was my first choice:
Nikon Coolpix s550
I was pretty excited for this camera because it had gotten pretty good reviews and I didn’t think I could find another decent camera for the same price ($188 incl. s/h). When it arrived though, I was sadlydisappointed. Not only was it THICK and CHUNKY, but it would take longer than most cameras to allow the light in so I could start shooting too. Also, I found that I would have to hold onto the shutter a bit longer for it to take a simple picture even without flash. I’m sure if I read the manual front to back, I would have mastered the camera and using it may have been acceptable, but I’m not going to do that — I want a camera that is already user-friendly! I couldn’t even find the original setup menu and for some reason I couldn’t view the pictures that I had previously taken on another camera with the same SD card. What’s wrong with you Nikon?! I know I said I would sacrafice size for better features, but I did not find the fruits of my sacrifice. Therefore, back to Amazon you go! Goodbye.
Canon PowerShot SD1100ISAlthough it is not as slim as the Casio Exilim, it is definitely not as chunky as the Nikon. This is currently on sale on Amazon for
$174 $169 (with Free Super Saver Shipping, too)! Alas, a camera within budget and with all the features I have come to love. Aside from the average BW and Sepia Tone photos, there are some other color features I like as well:
Color Accent: You can aim the camera at a specific color and choose it so that only that color will come out in the picture; everything else will be in black and white (exceptions: choosing colors close to your skin color, etc).
[normal, accent green, accent blue]
Color Swap: You can also aim your camera at a certain color and “swap” it so that it changes to another color. I went kind of crazy when I first discovered this and took exactly 50 different pictures of this one flower that came with my drink at dinner (mind you this was a 4hr dinner and I had nothing else to do). My cousins also went crazy and started changing my skin color to blue, black, green, yellow, red.. you name it. It’s quite fun actually.
[Original Flower Color]
Another good feature — You can adjust the exposure of the camera so that it can produce better pictures in dim or bright settings. You can choose anywhere from a range of -2 to 2 when adjusting. This is the user-friendly camera that I wanted. I didn’t need to read the manual to find these features and that’s what made it fun — discovering it all on my own. Canon makes you feel like an artist made overnight.
Conclusion: love it, keeping it, and taking good care of it.