I hope that some of you hopped on over to Geek in Heels last week to hear about the BIG Camera Debate that was happening at Casa Sugar & Spice.
Well, after two trips, 1.5 hours of discussion in the store, and lots of quarters for parking, we bought a new camera!!
We finally decided on the Panasonic Lumix G3 in White.
So far, we've taken about 20 pictures of Huck and Ferris on it, and so far we love it.
Why did we go with the G3??
At the store we realized that we both had different wants and needs for our new camera.
Me: I wanted ease of use, decent built in video capability, and a built in flash.
Him: As a former photojournalism major (picture Mr. Spice in his early 20s), he wanted some options that he could play with, a camera with the latest technology, and (for some reason) a view finder.
Yes, it came down to a view finder.
I will be honest, I really liked playing around with the Nikon J1. I found it simple, easy to use and small. But Mr. Spice wanted the upgraded version the Nikon V1 because it has a view finder (sense a theme here) and 'extras.' Yet, we had both heard only OK reviews on the new Nikon and the V1 would have been an extra $250+ over the J1.
As for the Sony (sorry I can't remember what exact model we looked at), the Camera Guy (aka the super knowledgeable and super patient guy helping us), has an earlier version of the Sony and really loves it. Yet, Mr. Spice had pretty much ruled it out before we even set foot in the store due to a reported clicking noise while taking video. Of course this didn't stop us from spending 20 minutes checking out the Sony and all the features.
The last cameras that we looked at were the Olympus Micro 4/3s. For some reason, I found the Olympus cameras to be the least intuitive. And in an effort to narrow down our choices, Mr. Spice threw those out of the running fairly early on.
The PEN E-PL2 or E-P2 or 3:
So that left us checking out the Panasonic Lumix GF2, the price was pretty good and for an extra $200 we could add a view finder. This lead to a discussion about lenses- did we need a pancake lens??
My response: what the hell is a pancake lens??
At this point in our discussion, I just threw down the bottom line: I wanted a camera that would take great pictures of the baby.
So then the Camera Guy brought out the G3.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3:
The flash and view finder were built in. AND it has the bonus feature of a moveable screen, which will allow me to crouch down and take pictures of the baby (in low light if need be) and at an angle. Yes, the G3 is bigger than the other options out there, but it just felt like the perfect fit for us.
And honestly, this might sound strange, but I like that it is just slightly bigger. I feel like it will be a good reminder to me that this camera is important and expensive and I just can't throw it in my purse willy nilly.
I am just so excited that we finally have a fancy camera for our fancy baby-to-be.
Now a question for you technologically advanced readers- any one have suggestions on camera cases?? Something that I can safely throw into my purse or diaper bag??