5 Features In A Camera That Mommy Niri Can Live Without

PARENTING | | June 23, 2009 at 7:54 pm

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You would have heard me griping about my whole camera ordeal (if not then read more at my post on “And Then There Was Camera #3” ), and that got me thinking about what I want in a camera or more specifically (and easily) is what I don’t want. I am still trying to figure my way through the maze of choices and so far the options have been overwhelming. The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. Now what I am listing here in no way says that any of these features are bad features, they are just not this mommy needs, right now (as I assume my needs could change at any time)

  • Save the bulk. I have seen splendid pictures come from friends who have those wonderful big cameras. Truth is when I see my friend pull out her amazing camera at a function, I slip mine away as I am sure hers will rock (and now you know what I invite you all the time Meg). I would love to own one of them someday, just not today. The cost factor should be justification alone but I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that that camera would collect dust in my closet. It needs to fit in my bag. True I have more space in my bag since my 2 year old decided to toss the diapers, but I still want it lightweight.
  • I don’t need to zoom to the moon. Sure I want to be able to take pictures of my kids at the amusement park riding the wheel but I certainly don’t need a crazy amount of zoom.
  • Size does not matter, well maybe a little. 10 megapixels, 12 megapixels, etc it is enough to make your head spin. My mind is already buzzing trying to figure out whether my kid will take that nap earlier so that it won’t interfere with his going to bed early to want to concern myself with the pixels mystery. I am not saying I prefer thinking about the many mind boggling routines of kids, it is just I have no option in that so I can’t afford waste time thinking of getting the wrong pixel. I want clarity in my pictures but I don’t really need that much to get that zit enlarged on my neighbor’s son.
  • Throwaway¬† batteries. Admittedly I am no saint in the living green department, even though I am pretty good at recycling, and even better at it than my husband is (read more on that and other intereting titbits on “5 Household Chores I Absolutely Hate“), but it even grieves me to keep tossing batteries. I know there are some that can be recharged, but somehow that has never worked for me (call me lazy I don’t care). Added to that those batteries add to the bulk I mentioned. Give me a brand battery I can charge (I normally buy a spare to have a charged on ready) that is sleek and light anyday.
  • The prerequisite to swallow the manual before use. Don’t get me wrong, I normally read instructions if I need deeper details but it is my firm belief the basic functions should be well, basic! Coming from over a decade of software engineering I pride myself in figuring technology out but admittedly some gadgets have left even me baffled.

Apologies for the crappy picture, as I said I am still searching for  a good camera!

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4 Comments

  1. 1
    Nancye Davis says:

    I like being able to re-charge the batteries in a camera.

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    Kelly Ann T. says:

    Thank you for a helpful article. I’m in the process of gettin a new camera and this was very helpful.

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    mike says:

    Despite what most think, the perfect camera has never been invented (at least not yet). in the meanwhile, you need to find the right camera for YOU .
    There are couple of helpful resources online :
    1) http://www.fotoshoot.com/cj/Journal/Photographer-s-guide-for-buying-a-camera

    2) http://www.dpreview.com

    you won’t the best camera, but at least they will help you decide what camera is the best for your needs and budget.

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