Field Camera Possibilities
I just bought a new camera after looking around for quite a while. I ended up buying a
Canon Powershot G9. It is probably a bit more than you were asking for, but it will do all
that you asked. It is a high-end point and shoot which allows me to take close-ups
(minimum shooting distance in macro at 1 cm). I am still practicing getting bee photos
(those little guys are fast), but it's been great with other insects and, of course with
stationary objects. It has a huge LCD screen. It is still small enough to carry around
easily. It takes great landscape photos.
I opted for the G9 (which is an expensive Point and Shoot) over a digital SLR because the
G9 shoots video (which the SLR's do not do). I like to take video of sites (and insects) as
well as still photos. I use a Mac system and have found it very easy to download both still
and video to the computer. I can't speak for ease of use on other systems.
I had been using a Canon Powershot A510 before I got my new camera. It is several years
old but also takes great landscape photos. It is pretty useless for any quick close-up work,
however. But it is rugged and is still the camera I throw in a field bag and don't worry
about. If money is the deciding factor and I only wanted landscape photos, I'd keep using
my A510. Cheaper and more rugged. If I wanted to be able to take a close-up of anything
unusual I find, I would have to realize that the A510 probably wasn't going to take a great
photo (and the G9 would).
Hope this adds to the confusion.
- Sam,I recently purchased a Canon Powershot A720. I have found it to be a great camera. I like it over the SD types because it is slightly larger and has a bigger screen and more options and accessories. Anyway it shoots great quality pictures and video.Rob Jean
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