It’s amazing how despite being in Japan for over ten years, I’ve never had a decent camera. This summer however, I bought two digital cameras in the space of two months!
If you remember, I upgraded my mobile phone to a WIN W52H by Hitachi. The built-in 2.0 Megapixel camera can take great photos, giving you the choice of twilight, night view, sports, person, and all the usually Scene options. I’m not sure how common it is to have a flash on a mobile phone, but Rikuto certainly gets a surprise when I use it on him! What’s more, you can even take video footage with it! Okay, okay, I know most digital cameras these days have a video option, but let’s not forget that this is a phone, and with its 2GB memory card, I can record over an hour of footage!
So why did I go out and buy another camera? Because the Nikon Coolpix S500, which I used to take the photo of Kakamigahara’s sunset in my previous post is one sexy, little gadget with all the trimmings of a professional camera. Actually, I don’t know too much about the specifications other than it’s got a great zoom, and it can take much higher quality pictures than my mobile phone. It’s a 7.1 Megapixel camera, with anti-blur, auto red-eye fix, a whole host of color options, and it goes without saying that it records video, too. The best thing about it for me is that it does everything automatically. All you need to decide is what to shoot!
If I were asked to pick a favorite photo that I’ve taken with one of these digital cameras, it would be this one in Sepia mode that I took with the Coolpix. This is one of the better pictures of Mami and myself with our little boy, Rikuto. Having a baby was the motivation I needed to get these cameras. With modern technology, we can record digital memories that never fade, and I hope to record Rikuto’s childhood so he can treasure it forever… and his wife can use it to make fun of him like Mami does with my baby photos!
Now I need to start saving for a Nikon D3 a camera that is so amazing that RitzCamera.com described it as “the world’s fastest digital camera in its class”, “the most intelligent Nikon ever”, and “poised to revolutionize photography for professionals”. Do you want to know how much it costs? You better hope it lives your life, not just records it!@nick_ramsay. I'd love to hear from you!