Digitial (Camera) Replacement

Monday, August 4th, 2003 @ 11:40 pm | Gadgets

My folks got home from their vacation just in time to host 10 family members who were in town for our family reunion. Considering it’s been several years since we’ve seen these relatives and there were family members at the reunion who we’d never met before, it would have been a wonderful time to have a digital camera.

Too bad somebody stole it out of my parents luggage.

My dad checked his bag, which contained a smaller camera bag with the Coolpix 880, the charger, instruction manual, and extra Flash cards. By the time my folks got to Logan, somebody had removed the camera, charger, and instructions from the camera bag, leaving the memory cards. The instruction manual will probably do some good since the idiot(s) didn’t realize the small square things in the camera bag actually went with the camera. At least my folks were able to have some of the photos they took.

When we got my dad the Coolpix, he wasn’t really sure what he’d do with a digital camera. It’s grown on him, though, and the day after they got back, he asked me to start researching replacement cameras.

I’ve done some poking around on the Digital Camera Resource Page and have leveled the options down to 4 cameras — the Nikon Coolpix 4300, Coolpix 4500, Canon PowerShot G3, and PowerShot G5. Part of the decision depends on how much money we get from our claim with Continental. Fortunately, we purchased the camera and charger from B & H and I was able to access both receipts.

Given how much digital cameras have advanced since we bought the 880, I think we’ll be able to step up to at least 4.0 Megapixels. Even it Continental low-balls us, we can probably get the 4500, since it has a $200 rebate through the end of September.

It sounds like Nikon’s macro mode is still the best in the business, but the reviews I read of the Canon models are simply gushing. Chris has already told me he’s more than happy with his PowerShot G3 and thinks we can’t go wrong with either the G3 or the G5. So, anybody else out their have any recommendations — of course, any camera we seriously consider will need to work with iPhoto.

One Response to “Digitial (Camera) Replacement”

  1. Buzz Andersen Says:

    I used to be a Nikon loyalist when it came to digcams, but I’ve more or less switched to Canon. My plan is to eventually purchase a Canon EOS-10D (or whatever replaces it), but I also wanted a nice, inexpensive camera now to document my move to California, so I bought a $300 Canon PowerShot A70. Something about that camera just feels good to me–the ergonomics, the interface, the metal case (as opposed to the cheesy plastic Nikon has moved to). It also seems to me that it does a decent job in low light, which is more than I can say for most digicams (although I have to admit my evidence of that is strictly anecdotal). And you’re absolutely right that people on the web seem to gush about their Canons.

    Unfortunately, the A70s are difficult to come by right now (production problems, I’m told). I ordered mine through Amazon.com (which was actually J&R), and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will get it before I leave…