I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. – Lily Tomlin

I Need Sun

I need the sun to come back please. We’ve had days of overcast-ness. I’ve made some new things for the Etsy shop, but can’t get good photos without some good ol’ sunlight. The reason I need good light is my sometime crappy, sometime good “point and shoot” camera.

It’s a Kodak EasyShare C875. I’ve had it for a few years now and it’s been a pretty good camera for the money. Chris bought it for me as a Christmas present and I think it was about $200 at the time. I have a few issues with it though. There is no viewfinder. The digital camera that I had before this one came with a viewfinder and the option to turn off the LCD screen. It was a great battery saver option. This camera does not take good photos indoors. No matter what setting it is on, even the “indoor” setting, all indoor photos come out blurry or too dark. I’ve tried all types of things to remedy this, but nothing works. Outdoors, in bright light, takes great pictures.

I’ve been longing for a more “professional” camera for a while… Have you looked at the prices of some of these DSLR cameras? I want to cry sometimes! Let’s face it, we can not afford to pay $600-1,000 for a camera. I wish that I could, but I can’t. It’s just not a realistic goal. Anyone wishing to gift me one, I thank you in advance. *insert cheesy grin here*

I read CJane. I also read her other blog Dear CJane. The photos on her blog are always crisp, clear, and beautiful. Recently someone emailed her the question, which she answered on Dear CJane, about their camera. She said it was a Nikon D90. If you don’t want to click the link, I’ll just go ahead and tell you that it’s a $1,000 camera. Wowza! I’m intimidated, but the pictures it takes are wonderful! So I did what most people do who don’t have the funds to just go out and buy such an expensive device. I checked at Wal-Mart.com.

At Wal-Mart.com, the D90 is $1,200! That’s more than the actual Nikon website! I compared it with the Nikon P90, also for sale at Wal-Mart.com, but listed at only $400. You can see the comparison page here. I didn’t see too much that was different between the two. I’m obviously not an expert in this field though. Lots of photographer jargon that I don’t understand, mixed in with a little pixel here and red-eye removal there. I found the picture at left of the camera on this blog. There are some excellent examples of photos taken with this camera on that blog. I’m digging the P90, but it’s still $400. What I wouldn’t give for Wal-Mart to BRING BACK LAYAWAY!!!! I want this camera! I’ve already dragged Chris to the computer to show him my new obsession. He did the shoulder shrug. If you can’t find me… I’ll be praying to the camera gods.

Anyone have any suggestions on a good, yet inexpensive camera?