I readily admit, I'm not the greatest patient.
I'm not a big TV watcher, I like to be doing stuff not sitting around ….
I get restless immediately easily.
I do, however, love my laptop. I'm a geek, a nerd, a frustrated techy.
So, already – one week into this "recovery" stuff, I find myself turning to my laptop and asking it to keep me busy.
Unfortunately, if yesterday is any indication, I'm going to go broke in a week day.
* Ahem *
Online shopping, anyone?
I've already instigated a self-imposed rule. I won't buy one.more.thing unless it's a holiday gift for someone on my list.
Because yesterday I splurged and bought myself a point and shoot camera online.
And no, not a cheap one.
Yes, I DO currently have a point and shoot camera but it's old and outdated and the photo quality is poor. A camera is like oxygen to my soul – dramatic, but true. The best way for me to stay sane through the next several weeks is going to be by taking photos. I realize there isn't a point and shoot out there that can match the quality of my Canon 7D, but I knew I could do much better quality-wise if I upgraded my current pocket camera.
So, um, yeah ….
I bought the Canon PowerShot S95.
I frequently get emails from people inquiring regarding camera recommendations. The right camera depends on many factors and there's not "one" perfect answer for everyone.
I chose the S95 primarily for these reasons:
• Very simply put, I couldn't find a small point and shoot on the market that would be able to match its picture capabilities or quality. I need a very small, and lightweight, camera because of the surgery I just had. The S95 weighs only 6 oz./170g.
• It shoots in RAW and JPEG. I realize most of you could care less about being able to shoot in RAW, but I'm thrilled.
• It's designed to perform well in low-light situations. That's why it's a 10 megapixel vs. a 12 or 14 … less noise in low light situations. (More is not always better regarding megapixels!) After I'm done "recovering" I will mainly be using this camera in situations where I can't easily take my 7D. (Think – out to dinner with friends, evenings out, etc. – situations where lighting will be less than ideal.)
• It has Image Stabilization which, even in a lightweight camera, will be important with my weak arm.
• It has 26 modes to shoot in, giving me a lot of flexibility which I will be craving until I can get my 7D back into my hands again.
Do I feel guilty buying something expensive for myself?
Yes, I do – very much so.
Do I really believe this camera will be the key to keeping me sane through my two month recovery?
Yes, I really, truly, do.
It may sound ridiculous to some of you, but this little camera is going to be my lifeline to normalcy. I can't wait until I can take short, leisurely, recovery-type walks and take my new toy with me.
Yeah, I know – I'm a photo geek ….
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