broken camera :(

My camera broke this week, which is a real shame because I made a very cute project last night.  Have you seen the new Peekaboo Sunbonnet pattern at Made by Rae?  I made one for Ruby and it is adorable.  Hopefully I'll have photos to share next week!

Anyone have a recommendation for a great point-and-shoot?  I'm not ready to make the leap to an SLR.

30 comments:

shelly said...

I have this camera, which I like: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B003962DXE/ref=mp_s_a_3?qid=1304697798&sr=8-3 It has a bigger light sensor (or something like that) than a lot of point-and-shoots, so it takes some great shots, even in low light. I had an older Canon PowerShot before this camera, which I think I liked a little better. I don't know if the newer models are the same, but it had some more manual options than the Panasonic, like adjusting how long the shutter is "open," in seconds. There was also an extensive list of self-timer customizations.

Kiasa said...

We have had several cameras. My fave was a Nikon coolpix. If/when I need another point and shoot I would get one of their newer models (after doing some research). Or just get an iPhone 4. ;0)

Miranda said...

Canon Powershots are all fabulous!

Ellie said...

I still think cannon makes the best point and shoot. I have a power shot older model they don't have any more, but if I were to get a new one, I would go with something like this: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/powershot_sx30_is

I love my camera. It's held up really well for a long time and it takes great pictures for a digital. I'm not ready to make the leap either.

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

I had a Canon something-or-the-other from years ago, but left it in the shopping cart at JoAnns just days before my second was born. It was a sad, sad day! On the way to the hospital, my dad picked up a Sony for me, and let me tell you: don't go with Sony! I stuck with Canon for my DSLR because I loved that old point-and-shoot.

Linda said...

My daughters have three generations of Sony Cyber-Shots and they consistently take GREAT photos!

Vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

My roommate just got the Cannon point and shoot and LOVES it. I also really like the panasonic, the lens is actually glass and it takes stunning shots. (I think they even carry it at costco for a pretty good price..)

The Irishes said...

We were in the same situation. So we went with the Nikon coolpix, S3000. It's great for a point/shoot...and paid around $100 on amazon. Good luck!

medina family said...

Love and miss my Canon Powershot. Loved its compact-ness compared to the DSLR I have now. It took great shots...still some of my favorite photos.

The kids got to it and now it has some kind of little spot on all the pictures. I need to have it looked at to see if it's an easy fix because I'd love to use it again.

Polly @ Helping Little Hands said...

A friend who's a photographer recommended the Panasonic Lumix LX-5. She uses for all her everyday photos (but uses an SLR for her professional pics.) It has a lot of things you can do manually, but also works as a point-and-shoot. I've been super happy with it. It's also not that big (like SLRs are.) It takes awesome macro pics for close-ups of craft projects. It does great indoors getting pics of the kids even in low light. Almost no lag time from pushing the button to taking the pic. It's a little spendy though...I found the cheapest price on Amazon for around $400 at Christmas time. I could go on and on...LOVE it!

The Queen Bee said...

We recently went through the camera shopping experience and I finally settled on the Canon Powershot G10. Reason being that when I was trying to decide between the SLR and P&S, my dear friend - who has both - rarely uses her super-expensive SLR and most often carries this. I have had mine now for over two years and I LOVE it. Bring it everywhere, takes amazing shots and it's built VERY sturdily (is that a word??) I know this because it's been dropped more times than I can count! Hope this helps ~

dana said...

oh no! Sorry Jill!!

don't do the point and shoot..just go for the SLR. You'll spend about $500-600 and never look back! You can even leave it in Auto and love everything you shoot.
That being said, I'm amazed you didn't have one already. Love your pictures!

Anyway, here's the one I have and recommend:
http://www.samys.com/index/page/product/product_id/2802/product_name/EOS+Rebel+XS+SLR+Digital+Camera+%28Black%29+with+Canon+EF-S+18-55mm+IS+Lens

I'll leave you alone now. :)
Have a great weekend!
- dana

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

i love my canon powershot, I just got this one off amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-ELPH-100-HS/dp/B004J3V828/ref=dp_ob_title_ce
I am very happy with it!

LeAnne said...

I love this Canon http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-SD780IS-Stabilized-Silver/dp/B001SER47O/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1304712645&sr=1-3

I didn't pay that price, got a really good deal on Amazon. I was like you, not ready for SLR..and have been beyond happy with my Canon.

Good luck!

Stephanie said...

The people speak truth - canon powershot all the way, girl! I have the Canon SX30IS which (I feel) is a good hybrid between an slr and a point & shoot. Lots of bells and whistles, killer zoom, but not as expensive. But it takes up a lot of space, so I'm in the market for a smaller powershot to throw in my purse and always have with me.

Ellie said...

I agree with Dana. You can spend almost that much on a point and shoot. I take back my earlier recommendation. Go for the extra 200 and do it. I sort of hope mine breaks now.

Natalie said...

Ugh! Mine broke this week, too! It was my 2nd Canon Powershot, and they both had the same mechanical lens malfunction. Other than that, I really liked it. We just spent the day at Disneyland and shot film (gasp!) with my husband's ooooooooooooold Canon AE-1. We haven't used that thing since we had kids.

SnP said...

I am an SLR girl, but my mom is not. I got her a nikon coolpix a couple of christmases ago and it is awesome. It is so easy to use that my 2 year figured it out and took some amazing ictures with it. ha ha
In all seriousness, it is a really great point-n-shoot. Has all the basic features and I think it is now available in 13megapixals (better than my SLR).

K2 said...

Sorry to hear this news. I use SLR too. I use cannon since it has variety of lenses and reasonable in price than Nikon. I have cannon 550D and 100D. If you are going for Cannon SLR then make sure that you have 18-55 lens with IS (Image Stabilizer). Check deals on Internet and with local dealers as well. Local dealers may give you the same model in less price.

K2 said...

Cannon 550D and 1000D. I misspelled it. Sorry.

Ange said...

cannon powershot SD 1100 is what I've used for a while and its great. They have upgraded models now.

Amanda and AJ said...

I'm an SLR person myself, toting around the Canon EOS 5D Mark II. Buuut, I did just pick up a point and shoot for those times I don't want to lug around such a heavy camera. I got the Canon Powershot S95. Great camera! US Appliance has the best deal on it!

{Peppermint Plum} said...

Yep, Canon PowerShots are excellent point-n-shooters! My PowerShot A3100 IS (image stabilizer) was only $100 and it is perfect. Natural-light pictures turn out fantastic, and other light source pictures are great and with a little editing/tweaking, they are superb. It's small and portable but has a large viewing screen. Macro shots are pretty nice, too!

Until you are ready for an SLR, I highly recommend a PowerShot. Get a red one... it's the cutest. :)

-Annie @ {PP}

Carrielyn said...

I have a Sony DSC-HX9V. I love it because I wasnt' QUITE ready for an SLR, but wanted something that gave me more options than most PnSs. I love this one because it has tons of SLR functions, but an auto function for those times when I just dont want to tempt SLR fates!

They just released a new version of it, and the reviews seem to be great!

Clair said...

Sorry about your camera. And sorry I didn't get to chat with you while you were in St Louis - I got sick that weekend and didn't want to expose anyone to anything. I was sad to miss your brother's wedding :(

As far as camera's go. I have a Nikon Coolpix and I honestly don't like it. I'm not a good photographer so I need a camera that can do well on the auto mode and my lighting always seems off with the coolpix.

Chris got me a Kodak Z981 for Christmas. It's a great point and shoot and has some limited SLR features on it too before you make that big jump. It's also small enough that I can throw it in my purse but still big enough to mount on a tripod etc. It only thing I didn't like at first is that it runs on rechargable batteries. My old camera charged on a base. The charge in the batteries lasts forever though so it hasn't been a problem so far.

Good luck!
Clair

Sascha said...

I just bought a Nikon Coolpix S4000 last years model on sale at target for like $89 to take with me when I don't want to use my Rebel xsi. I really don't like it. I end up using my iphone more. Listen to Dana. If you can save up for an SLR it's so awesome you will fall in love. I got mine refurbished on Ebay with a great lens for not too much. Certainly more than a point and shoot, but I love it like a child. I took some photos of my sister with that camera and no lighting or photoshop and I can't believe how they turned out.

http://sascharomeo.blogspot.com/2011/01/indulgent.html

Your photos have looked awesome by the way so I'm imagining if you upgrade they will be even more awesomer ;)

Rachel Keyser said...

Used to have a Canon Powershot, but LOVE my Panasonic Lumix. Takes great pictures and HD video.

Ruth said...

Hi Jill,

Do you still like your new camera? I am asking because I need a new one but just like you I don't want a SLR. However, the one thing I am looking for in a point and shoot is good portrait quality. Does your camera do a good job taking close ups of your children while blurring out the background? Or does the background stay fairly clear no matter how much you zoom in? Thanks in advance, Ruth

homemade by jill said...

Hi Ruth,

I love my new camera. I think it takes good portraits (and yes, it will focus on the subject and blur the background a bit), but I don't know how comparable it is to an SLR. It is an improvement over my old powershot. My only complaint is that it doesn't do as well for indoor shots.

USA said...

Hi Jill,

Thank you for the very fast response. Now I just need to convince my husband that we need a new camera :). Great blog. You are very creative. Thanks again, Ruth