One item Jason and I are discussing investing in is a nice camera. I have a digital camera, but it is very basic and the pictures are okayish. Because we are moving, we want to have nice pictures of the kids to send the grandparents, or post on our blog. What is a good choice?


12 thoughts on “camera?

  1. I have the Nikon D40 and love love love it! I don’t know how “nice” of a camera you want, but it would probably be more than you need if you just want to take snapshots automatically. However, if you want to get into manual stuff, it’s perfect. Maybe Dan could give you a crash course before you leave. I find it way easier to learn by being shown vs. manuals. Anyway, that’s the only digital camera I’ve used. It’s not something you can slip easily into your purse though. It’s rather large.

  2. Depends on your budget and whether you want a point and shoot or SLR.

    For the point and shoot, Sarah has been very pleased with her Kodak Easy Share. SAcha loves anything by Sony. I am a Nikon nerd myself. Love the D50 which is an SLR. I can’t say enough good about it.

  3. I recommend the Nikon D40 or 80. Probably like Danielle said the D40 would be enough for you to start. There is nothing compared to the quality you can get with an SLR versus point and shoot………..I would highly recommend the SLR. You will love it and can keep adding lenses etc as you grow and learn. You will get much better pics.

    That said if you just want a small camera I recommend the Canon SD800. Great point and shoot with a nice wide angle etc etc. I actually really really want one of these to always have in my diaper bag. I know I just can’t get enough of cameras. I own 4….I really should stop.

    Hope that helps

    You are already bloggin and that is the best way to share with family and friends far away. Hello from Google is also a great way to share pics quickly much better than email.

    As far as prints Mpix can’t be beat for pro quality at consumer prices and access.

    Be careful who you order the camera from there are a lot of scams online. I really like http://www.beachcamera.com and http://www.bhphotovideo.com
    but if you find a good deal somewhere else email me or leave me a message and I can check it out for you and let you know if they are reputable.

  4. We purchased a Nikon d80s (Best Buy Open box). We upgraded from a 5 mega pixel point and shoot(good enough). The Nikon D40-D200 series is directed towards the Photography hobbyist/pro, but its so simple to use (I’ve never used out of auto mode) anyone could use it.

    The quality and depth of the picture is …. amazing. Having the ability to capture the image instantly is worth the extra cost.

  5. Oh, yes! Those INSTANT shots are worth the price to me. The seemingly small 2 or 3 second delay on the p&s cams has meant the difference between an athletic boy with arms cheering vs arms down 2 seconds later. Or the diff between a full smile and the half. And the ability to change lenses from superclose to a wide shot to capture 20 ppl in your living room–can’t beat it.

  6. Wow gang. This was extremely helpful. How nice we get depends on what we make on our house (which still hasn’t sold) 🙂 . I’m leaning toward the Nikon if we have the money.

    Bethany, thanks for the info about the google “hello”. I’ll definitely check that out no matter what we decide.

  7. Well…if you can’t afford the Nikons, which are superior cameras in my opinion, let me suggest the Canon PowerShot Series.

    I have a Nikon SLR and love it but I didn’t want to spend quite as much on a digital yet I didn’t want to forfeit quality photographs.

    I recently purchased the Canon PowerShot A560. It is easy to use, reasonably priced, received favorable reviews from various sources, has excellent features, takes gorgeous pictures (no one can even tell that they are digital), is 7.1 mega pixels, and has a very large viewing screen which comes in handy for taking pictures and reviewing them. Overall it’s very user-friendly and I would not hesitate to purchase another Canon in the future.

    Here’s the link to check it out: http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-A560-Digital-Optical/dp/B000NK3NBA/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/102-7072022-9878559?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1187176568&sr=8-1

  8. Ok, so I’ve been on vacation and I’m a bit behind the times!

    We just recently (like, in the past month) got a new camera – a Canon SD750 that we absolutely love! The SD1000 is virtually identical feature-wise but is slightly cheaper; we splurged and bought the “more expensive camera” (it was cheaper online than we would have paid for the less expensive camera in the store!). So far, we’d highly recommend it – it did very well on vacation for us, and quality is great even with the photo editing Matt does.

  9. Hey! If you are seriously thinking of purchasing a camera in the near future, I would keep an I on


    It’s a website that keeps track of rebates available. It also posts a lot of cool coupons.

    ex. There was a coupon for a buy one get one free Starbucks drink at Target last week. I think right now there is a coupon for 20% off a toy at ToysRUs and some rebates for computer memories and USBs…

  10. Yay! My grammar is beautiful! “Eye”, not “I”. Glad I invested that money into my college education!

  11. Hey there! We have a Canon A630 – and I LOVE it! In my whole family, we’ve had about 4 of the PowerShot series – and they’re great. They have a rotating screen, which is great for pictures at weird angles. It takes beautiful point and shoot pictures, has a great zoom, and has a lot of settings that can be changed if you want to. It’s nice to be able to take nice pictures with a lot of the manual settings, with a small camera that can fit in my purse. I’ll never get anything else!

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