Saturday, July 10, 2010

Camera Talk

Yesterday I saw a commercial for the Olympus PEN camera. As much as I love taking pictures, I know absolutely nothing about cameras. I have a simple point and shoot camera, and for the most part, it serves me well. But I have been itching for a new, nicer camera.

About a month ago, I borrowed a Nikon D90 from a friend. It was my first experience with an SLR. I loved the pictures it took!
This one was taken with my p&s
And this one on the SLR

See? Huge difference! I know the lighting is different, but I think it still gives a good idea of the differences. Some people wonder why I want a nice camera, but when they see the difference in picture quality, they usually understand.

Now, I am not looking into becoming a pro photographer or anything like that. I don't have the knowledge or expertise for that. I just want to be able to take pictures of my children someday that look like the latter and not like the former picture. I mean, I hope my children don't look like animals, but you know what I mean ;-)

Anyway, the commercial about the Olympus PEN yesterday made me really interested. Apparently it is as simple as a p&s, but the quality of an slr. Simplicity is important to me, because like I said, I want to use it purely for my own personal use. I don't need anything too fancy. It also looks somewhat small to me, which is also something I want. It has to be easy to carry around, because I literally bring my camera everywhere with me. And the last thing I really like about it is that it is also a video camera. I've been wanting to buy a small video camera too before we have kids, and this way, I'd be killing two birds with one stone. Because I think the video camera is pretty good-quality on this thing. I'm not sure I buy that they shot the commercial with it, though...what do you think?

I don't know if this commercial is just sucking me in with it's pretty colors and scenery, or if this is really a good camera! Haha...I looked up the prices, and it is about in my price range. So it seems perfect.

I guess my question is, do any of you own this camera or know anything about it? If you were me, would you buy this? And do you know of any other dslr cameras that are more for amateurs and that aren't super fancy or huge?

Thanks in advance for any and all advice you can give me! Have a great Saturday! I will not be back until Tuesday, because we will be traveling all over the state this weekend :-D


  1. Hmm, now I don't know much about that camera, but I bought a similar camera before I bought my SLR and was greatly unhappy with it. It took pictures slightly above a point and shoot, but didn't allow for me to adjust at all (it still acted like a p&S.) My opinion, if you are going to invest money into a better camera, is to take the leap into the SLR world, which will only be about 1-2 hundred more. I think you'll be happier with the quality. I suggest the Canon Rebel XS which is the first tier of the SLR but is almost as good as the rest of the steps above it!

  2. Thanks Brittney! I didn't realize just taking the leap to an SLR would just a few hundred dollars more. If it's that expensive already, I might as well spend a little more! The only thing I'd miss is the camcorder feature...I'm guessing most don't have that?

  3. I absolutely love having my digital slr. It is a Nikon and a little older but I absolutely love it and it takes amazing pictures!! I would still have a point and shoot because sometimes you need a small one, but the slr is definitely worth it!

    oh & p.s. I am having a giveaway....

  4. When we were deciding to get an SLR, this website was immensely helpful! We have a Nikon D40, it's a couple years old and we could have gotten a D40x for more megapixels, but decided that the we didn't really need 11 mp since the largest we'll probably ever make a picture is 8x10. He has a new review posted of the Olympus Pen as well as tons of other cameras.


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