Ok, so no, I haven't really named my new camera. Its name is not Nikki. Although my son, whom I often call Nicky, has recently named our minivan "Mortimer". Lucky for me, it does not go "bang, bang, rattle ding bang" all day like its namesake.
When we found out that we couldn't replace our defunct xD card for our old camera, it didn't take long for us (ok, me) to decide that it was time to get a new camera. Our old one had served us well, even after I dropped it in the playground sand, but after 5 or 6 years it was time for a new one. I had the Nikon Coolpix p510 on my wish list after reading reviews and comparisons of similar cameras last fall.
I'm still learning (I have yet to actually read the manual), but it has been so much fun so far. I have not yet pulled it out in public. It's a bit more obvious than our last camera.
Favourite features so far:
- The strap and lens cap make me feel so professional! (my 5-year-old has already perfected her "mom, the lens cap is still on" tone that makes her sound like a teenager)
- large hand grip to help me keep it out of the sand this time
- tilt-able viewing screen
- option to use the small viewfinder instead (perfect for bright sunshine)
- the 16GB memory card allows me to take 1900+ pictures...it seems endless compared to the old 1GB xD card.
Now I just need to find the time to sit down and read the manual. I can't wait 'til I figure this all out. Now if only the world would hurry up and look green and spring-ish so I have something to take pictures of.
What kind of camera do you use, and what are your favourite things about it?
I'm really looking forward to using the 42x zoom, especially on the cross-continent road trip we're planning for this summer. (to do this week: get passport pictures!)