Resting Might Get (Very) Expensive

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Yes, I DO currently have a point and shoot camera but it's old and outdated and the photo quality is poor.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 ….

Rationalization, much?

I bought the Canon PowerShot S95.

It's due to arrive on my doorstep on Friday, and I hope to be taking my first photos with it this weekend.

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 ….

© Twenty Four At Heart

10 Responses to “Resting Might Get (Very) Expensive”

  1. Tami

    I tried to leave a comment before and it didn’t work so I will try again. Good for you splurging on yourself. You deserve it. You should treat yourself to something special now and then and what could be better for 24 than a camera? good for you!

  2. Amanda

    I have this camera! Its perfect for real photographers who need a small camera on the run. You made a great choice and I think you’ll be very happy. The photos are great and there’s a reason why they market it as the sports car of point and shoots. Can’t wait to see your first photos with it and hear what you think.

  3. Pam

    I don’t think you should feel guilty! You bought something that you will use constantly, you’ve been wanting for a long time and it’s lightweight which is perfect during your recovery. Good for you!!

  4. Jan

    If it helps keep you sane during your recovery, then it’s cheap at twice the price.
    And it shoots in RAW and has image stabilization – IMPRESSIVE in a point-and-shoot. I’d look into it myself but Beloved would probably shoot *me* (and not with a camera), considering the money I’ve spent on the Nikon and assorted lenses and accessories over the last year. And I want a wide-angle lens for it desperately.
    Speaking of accessories, did I tell you I bought the camera strap you recommended? I love it!

  5. Nancy P

    Oh my goodness but don’t feel guilty! You have been through so much you DESERVE this, and more.
    I can’t wait though until you write that you are not using it because you are back to your 7D. 🙂

  6. Erica

    It had to happen… Oh well, at least I can look at the pictures it takes and see if it’s a point and shoot camera that would work for me.

  7. DuchessOmnium

    Oh, I believe in buying oneself toys, and yes, I do think they can be a life line. Why not? I feel about my phone the way you do about your camera, and I am unapologetic about buying the one that will best keep me connected with my kids, my friends, the internet and the world.
    On the whole women don’t indulge themselves enough. Good for you for doing a bit of indulging. Especially now.
    Meanwhile I might go in for a bit of retail therapy myself… Canon does make v good cameras.

  8. Shannon

    Hi there. It’s Shannon who Unfollowed you on OC Moms accidentally!! Sorry about that.
    This camera looks awesome. I have a Nikon D60 that I love, but we really need something more convenient to grab and go.
    Maybe I’ll ask for this for Christmas!
    Hope you’re healing up….

  9. Michelle Pixie

    Oooooh I love my Canon PowerShot and am now drooling over the latest and greatest!! Can’t wait to see what captures you come up with on this little baby!


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