Sunday, February 7, 2010

Considering Cameras

I still haven't replaced my camera but am planning on doing so very soon and have been researching like crazy the past couple days. My head is kind of swimming with all the details of the similarities of and differences between the different cameras I've been considering, so for simplicity's sake I'm going to break them down into two basic categories. The first category is compact point-and-shoots and here is what I've been looking at (unless otherwise noted, prices and photos are from Amazon's website):

Canon PowerShot S90 ($399)

Leica D-Lux 4 ($779)

D-Lux 4 carrying case ($129) I just had to include this because it's so nice to look at.

Olympus Stylus 6000 ($212) Shoots underwater!

Panasonic DMC-LX3 ($391) I've read that this is almost the same camera as the Leica D-Lux 4—same lens, same sensor, etc. Not nearly as pretty as the Leica, but significanly cheaper.

And then there's the second category, which includes slightly larger cameras with larger digital sensors than the first bunch, but still made with compactness in mind. The first one here is a Leica that's not actually available yet but should be soon. Way beyond my pocketbook, but I'm so impressed with it's looks! At first glance, I'd likely assume it's a much older camera. And the flash! So cute!

Leica X1 (~$2000, rumored)

(Above photo borrowed from here)

Sigma DP2 ($570)

Olympus E-P1 ($671)

Panasonic GF1 ($860)

I have to admit, I feel kind of dumb/intimidated shopping for a digital camera. I think because of my stint at photography school I feel like I should know these things—the digital terms and jargon—but I really don't barely at all. I never got a stitch of experience with digital the whole time I was at school (it wasn't part of the first-year curriculum), and have done little since to educate myself in that field. But I do feel like that's gradually changing, and this latest camera quest has really helped bring a little more clarity to some things for me.

Unrelated P.S. Ok, so the caramel does not look so ugly after all and it probably would have been dark like that regardless because of the sucanat. But it really didn't taste right.


  1. I love the look of the LeicaX1, but at that price I may as well go pick up my old 35mm Pentax, purchased at a pawn shop in 1986!

  2. I know, it is steep! It totally has that old Pentax look (my first camera was a Pentax K1000!).