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time for a new digital camera

I busted my Olympus SP-320. Totally my fault. I won't say how it happened, but it's 100% dead.


I'm a photo-bug of sorts, so I now have to get another cam.

Being that I like to reuse stuff I have whenever possible (and who doesn't?), my choices for cams are FujiFilm and Olympus. Why those two? Because I have an xD Picture card and card reader. Only the Fuji's and Olympus' can read those as far as I know.

Before I say what my choice of cam is going to be, I've figured out a few things along the way concerning digital cams.

1. Proprietary batteries suck.

If it doesn't run on AA's, I want nothing to do with it. Cams that run on special batteries you can't buy in a store are stupid. It's AA's or nuttin' for me.

2. Menus count

Olympus and Fuji both have super-easy menus. I appreciate this. This means that point-and-shoot truly means point-and-shoot, not "hit a button, select a menu, scroll down, select your shooting mode, shoot."

3. Big screen counts

I like shooting via the LCD screen. My first digital cam had a 1.8-inch screen size. Too small. The one I just busted had a 2.5-inch screen. Big difference (literally).

Only on extremely rare occasions have I ever found the need to bring the camera to my face, look thru the viewer and take shots that way. So I don't need it. LCD screen is for me.

4. Ritzy options not required

The SP-320 had a ton of stuff in it that I never used. I bought it specifically because I wanted manual focus, but I never used it. In addition to that it gave you total control over every part of the shot. Never used those options either.

The vast majority of the photos you see on this web site are done point-and-shoot style, with the exception of a few that have selectable focus, i.e. a small box on the LCD screen where you can move it to where you want the focus to concentrate on.

The point is that I don't need manual options.

As a side note, some have asked me how I get such good shots with "nanny" digital cameras that do everything for you. The answer is practice and knowing what your camera can shoot and shoot well.

. . .

So anyway, the cam I'm going to try to find tomorrow is the FujiFilm A820.

This cam has a really decent price, a ton of megapixels and my favorite shooting mode: "Sport".

Sport mode is the best no-brainer way to shoot photos. You point, the cam focuses really fast, then shoots.

If I'm able to locate this item I'll be sure to snap some pics with it real soon. 🙂


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