I’ve always been a big supporter of the “idea” of digital photography. I remember buying my first Apple Quicktake many years ago, and being tickled even though the quality wasn’t really there. Two years ago I convinced my wife to go digital on a cross country trip. Since then we’ve been completely film free. She even stopped using her fancy Minolta SLR. During this time we’ve lived with the little idiosyncrasies of digital cameras and learned coping mechanisms to ensure a good picture. However, we recently had a new baby and we realized that our current “middle-of-the-road” camera would no longer cut it. Missed opportunities, blurred shots, bad lighting, poor flash performance, and abysmal battery life had turned her back to her film camera.
I was in trouble…I needed to turn her back to digital, but I had to solve these issues. I turned to our resident O’Reilly expert, Derrick Story, to recommend a new solution. We had five criteria:
a) Fast shutter speed
b) Better battery life
c) Faster flash regeneration or a hot shoe
e) Future growth options
I had found a number of solutions in the $600 range, but Derrick steered me in a price range much higher than I originally wanted to go…the $1,000 Canon Digital Rebel. The sticker shock made me think twice, but as I looked closer at the Digital Rebel, I realized that Derrick might just be right. Why compromise performance for price?
I picked it up last week at the Apple store in Richmond, VA (I was the envy of the sales people), and let me tell you, this camera rocks! Not only does it leave me speechless, but my wife decided to sell her Minolta on ebay. We’ve pushed the flash to the limit…not only is it always ready, the battery life has been amazing. At 6.3 megapixels we get the quality we want, and with it’s speedy shutter, we no longer have blurred shots of something that looks like it might be an infant.
Thanks Derrick…I knew you were the right guy to ask!
Anyone else have one?