The day before yesterday, after I visited PetSmart, I went next door to Best Buy. Not because I wanted anything, but I hadn’t been in there in a while. The season 8 Supernatural DVD set was there, but I’ve already ordered it from Amazon (way cheaper), so that wasn’t on the list.
Instead, I gravitated towards the cameras. I decided I needed a small camera to photograph my cooking adventures. These two Nikons caught my eye as both have a Wi-fi capability and were on sale.
I fell in love with the white one because 1) it’s white, 2) it’s new, 3) it’s different, and 4) it’s mega-cool.
Look at the view screen! It’s so chic and cool and hip and now! Indeed, it’s a touch screen with the Android operating system.
Both cameras are 16 megapixel. The purple has a 6x zoom, the white a 10x zoom. But since I plan to use it primarily inside, that wasn’t really an issue. What sold me was the continuous shooting mode. The salewoman, who really seemed to know her stuff, said the “5200” offered better individual photos in CM (or “burst mode”). So, I forewent the “newest, latest, coolest” route and bought the purple one. It’s an ordinary view screen and conventional controls are more along the lines of what I’m used to so the learning curve will be shorter. And it was cheaper. 😉
Now I’m finding it has all sorts of fun surprises. One surprise is it has “quick effects.” So I’ve been experimenting a little. Turns out the quick effects aren’t all that (at least not that I can tell) but it’s still fun to play with. But here’s an example.
Why would I want a camera with continuous shooting mode to photograph food? Why, to photograph pets as well! You know they don’t pose for the camera, so you have to get them in motion. As soon as they start moving, I’ll try out the CM.