For the more than 600 posts on Consider The Sauce, I have uploaded more than 3800 photographs to the wordpress blogging platform.
I’ve had some help in that regard.
But overwhelmingly, the CTS photographs have been taken by the above pictured compact camera.
And those uploaded would, I’m guessing, be less than half of those taken.
I’ve been well pleased with the results and the camera’s ease of use and durability.
But now that durability has reached its limit and my camera has died.
The problem is purely mechanical, which means it’s not worth fixing … as far as I am aware.
That’s OK – I have been thinking of an upgrade anyway.
Anyone got any tips for a classy compact camera under $500?
Wow – looks like a friend has me all sorted out already! Tool cool!
C’mon Kenny – the world’s your oyster if you’ve got $500 to spend on a digital camera.
I swear by Canon Powershot models. Check’em out on the internet.
I’ve been using a Nikon Coolpix (model # is S9050, but there seem to be an infinite, ever-changing number of variants) for the pix I put on Urbanspoon. It’s no $500 machine, either. Cost $129 Canadian, but since things are more expensive here, I reckon you might have to pay around $200. This one fits in my pocket (I prefer to take restaurant photos surreptitiously) but it’s still sorta chunky — about the thickness of two Smartphones piled on top of each other. Nikon makes a Coolpix that’s slimmer, like the thickness of one mobile, but it costed about $50 more in Canada. Carol took that one with her — I let her walk away with SO much stuff because I felt sorry for her unemployed self — but it served us well.
I’m up to almost 5,000 images on it since buying my Coopix in January 2013. It’s survived being toted through thousands of K’s in Canada, the U.S. and here. That has included a fair bit of rain exposure in British Columbia and multiple (but not excessive) droppings on the ground. It’s got a 15.5x zoom, I forget how many megapixels (I wanna say 12, but the product info is with my household stuff, which has still not cleared Customs yet). It provides enough image clarity on standard daylight shots that I can get good images even if I’m cropping out 80% of the original.
It DID develop a glitch with the automatic focus mechanism after about 6 months, and I had to take it back to Future Shop (Canada’s equivalent to Dick Smith) for warranty repairs. They sent it off to China and returned the same one to me (I could tell because of the scratches from those droppings). I was hoping they’d just bin it and give me a new one. So take that for what you will. It broke — bad! They fixed it — good!
Back in the days when I was a journo and had to shoot photos for the smaller papers where I was a reporter, Nikon was the hot set-up. I spent thousands of dollars over the years on various lenses, when we were using actual film. My various camera bodies kept functioning through the 1990s and early 2000s before I flogged them to death and got into digital. I still have remnant loyalty to Nikon, but many other casual food photogs swear by Canon. In any case, you shouldn’t need to shell out $500.