Thursday, April 26, 2012

Camera-buying for dummies?!

Given that in the blogosphere more than anywhere, a picture is worth a thousand words; and

Given that the point of this whole blogging thing is to get traffic on my blog so I can launch into doing some of these crafts as a business; and

Given that Pinterest has become basically a study in who takes the best pics; and

Given that the whole point of Pinterest is, again, to promote whatever creative venue I pursue as a means of generating income; and

Given that I'm half afraid to even take pics since all I have is the camera on my phone;

Thus, I have concluded that . . .


With the limited research I've done so far I'm thinking of the following criteria:

  • Point and shoot model! -- cuz I'm not a professional photographer so I want it to be easy to operate, and small cuz I wanna tote it around to tag sales, garage sales, thrift stores, craft shows, etc.
  • At least 12 Megapixels, right?
  • 5x zoom at least, maybe more if I can get it?
  • budget = $200
Is there anything I'm missing? I think most of the ones I've listed below fit the criteria above, although some are only 10 MPs.

You know I'm always looking for a bargain so I'm gonna check Craigslist and eBay first. Here's what I've found so far:

Fujifilm Finepix XP20 Digital Camera, 14-Megapixel Resolution, 2.7 inch Anti-Reflective, High-Contrast LCD, 5x Zoom Lens, Orange; $60

Canon Power Shot SD 1200 IS Digital ELPH, 10-Megapixel, $170

Kodak Easyshare Digital Camera: •10.2 MP Digital Camera - $60.00
•3x Optical Zoom
•2.4" LCD

Fujifilm finePix JV100 12-megapix digital camera, $60

Nikon COOLPIX S4100 14.0 MP Digital Camera - Purple, $105

Nikon COOLPIX L24 14.0 MP Digital Camera - Red, $79.80

Nikon COOLPIX S3100 14MP Silver Digital Camera with 6x Zoom + 4GB Bundle , $99.95

I'm researching these cameras and combing blogs for advice.

I'd love it if some of my fellow bloggers would weigh in and tell me what you are using or give me feedback about the types of cameras I'm looking at.

Hoping for some comments!!!!!!!

I'm linking up at the following to see if I can get help from some experts!

Shabby Creek Cottage Transformation Thursday
The Vintage Farmhouse Creative Things Thursday
Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesdasy


  1. Smile on the same background we have, thanks for the comment :-) I use a little nikon with a zoom lens for my online news sites. More important is your photo program for cropping enlarging etc, good luck I am your newest follower

    1. Thanks, Pura Vida. The last point and shoot I owned was a Nikon and I really liked it. Found it very reliable. Thanks for following me!

    2. Oh yes, forgot to add, I'm using Photoscape to crop, brighten, adjust, etc. It functions like Photoshop only again, not quite as complicated and . . . wait for it . . . FREE!

  2. Try this Canon Powershot. It's 16 megapixels.

    1. Thanks, Sally. I'll check it out. Might as well get as many megapixels as I can get for the money I'm spending, huh.

  3. Have you tried Picasa? It's on Google under MORE, then EVEN MORE. It's great. I agree, your photo editing software along with good lighting is more important than your camera. Did you pick one yet?

    1. I ended up getting the Canon SallyJoM recommended. I use Photoscape for photo editing. It was free and it's been pretty easy to learn. I'll check out Picasa too. I hear it's good. Thanks for visiting, Jamie.