Before I tell you about my new camera, let’s finish our trip down my Camera Memory Lane.
My Canon PowerShot A530. Yes, I know it’s backward; I took it in the mirror. 🙂
My next camera was another one that Decoder Man surprised me with. When I was in Seattle visiting family one summer, he surprised me by flying in and whisking me off to Victoria, BC for our 10th wedding anniversary. He also presented me with a Canon PowerShot A530.
On our trip there, I flipped through the manual and noticed the “macro” setting. I couldn’t wait to use this camera at Butchart Gardens. I began taking macro shots of all of the flowers, and was having a grand time. But then, I started getting error messages. Slowly the pictures began to disappear from the memory card. Nooooooo! Turns out that the brand new SD card had a crack in it, and the extra was back at the hotel. Of all the luck!
My Canon PowerShot A530 was squinting at little M-bug.
I used this camera for almost four years. It also was a good camera. The only real trouble I had with it was after a trip to the Great Sand Dunes, the lens cover didn’t like to open all of the way on its own. I usually looked through the viewfinder while taking pictures instead of the LCD screen, so I didn’t notice it until I came upon a bunch of pictures that were mostly black. Phooey!
So, in 2010 I put my birthday money toward a Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS. I loved this camera. It was much faster than the A530, and could easily fit in my back pocket or handbag. Plus, it was teal, my favorite color.
My poor Canon PowerShot SD1300 IS. May it rest in peace. 🙁
I used this camera for just over a year. Then, last summer, disaster struck. The girls and I were on vacation in Colorado, and we had gone to Mesa Verde for the day with my mom. After waiting forever for our turn to take pictures in front of Spruce Tree House, I gave the camera to Mom so she could take one of me with the girls. When I went to take it back from her, the wrist strap got caught on her ring, and I dropped it. The lens wasn’t able to extend, and just gave me an error message. (It’s ok, Mom! Don’t be sad!)
One of the last pictures my SD1300 IS took: my mom, Bubbles, and M-bug on the way to Spruce Tree House, Mesa Verde, Colorado.
The ironic thing is that I had only just put the wrist strap on for Mesa Verde. I had gone over a year without it, but was afraid of dropping it on the hike into and out of Cliff Palace, which can be a bit perilous. Of course, it would cost almost as much to send it in to be repaired as it would to replace it with a newer, similar camera, so it’s been relegated to its box in a drawer, where I don’t have to think about it. I can’t bring myself to get rid of it.
At this point I had to decide whether to buy a similar camera or save for something higher-end. I decided to save money to buy a really good camera. This meant going back to my A530 for nine months, but I survived. Since I’m the type of person to research every option, I spent many hours poring over reviews and ratings. I decided to stick with Canon, since I know them well, but had a hard time deciding between an entry level DSLR or a very high end point-and-shoot.
So what did I ultimately choose? I’ll let you know next time!
Originally posted on www.LifeUnfocused.com