I asked E. for a new camera as a birthday gift. He loved the idea, but wanted me to pick it out. That has turned out to be a daunting task.
My iPhone camera is pretty incredible, considering it's part of a phone that can do so many other things, but even when using a photo app that has a zoom feature, I can't get the closeups I'd like. So, I want a digital camera with good zoom capability. Sounds simple, right?
While checking out cameras online, I quickly got into the camera-world lingo, but I didn't feel any clearer about what I should buy. Different expert reviewers favored different cameras, and once I started reading customer reviews, I became totally confused—they kept contradicting one another. I've asked friends for advice and a couple have recommended their cameras. One has a Sony that she likes, another uses a Canon. But in the short time since they acquired them, the model numbers have changed and some of the features have been replaced by newer ones.
What's a girl to do? It would probably help to remind myself that this is a good problem to have. I can't wait to get my camera and start shooting the local flora and fauna, including people. If you're in my line of sight, watch out—I'll surely want to take your picture. But if I get one of the cameras that can sense you smiling, you can rest assured you'll look happy in my photos.