The bad news: I lost my beloved Canon Powershot S95 point and shoot camera :-( The good news: I was forced to upgrade :-)
I guess it was bound to happen at some point. At least it wasn't my DSLR!
A couple weeks ago we met some friends in Asheville for a long weekend. Being the photography geek that I am I took up all my cameras both digital and film (you just never know when you might need a particular camera). One of those was my beloved Canon PowerShot S95. I've had the camera for just over 2 years and have used it a lot. It was the camera that got me through most of my Project 365 because of its small size and good image quality. I really depended on the S95 for go anywhere, high quality images. Like this:
Needless to say, I was severely bummed when I discovered late last week that I most likely left the camera on the kitchen counter of the house we were renting. I contacted to owner but no luck, my S95 was gone!
After a couple hours of moping around, angry at myself for losing the camera, I came to my senses and realized that I could now "justify" getting a new camera. But which one? The choices are almost overwhelming.
After some research last weekend I decided that I wanted to keep the same basic form factor and features with the new camera that I had with the S95. That meant I was looking for something extremely portable with good image quality and the ability to shoot RAW files. And since I was upgrading there were a couple of things I had wished the S95 had, like zoom and continual auto-focus while shooting video. I also decided that I didn't want to spend a ton of money on the new camera. Those criteria quickly narrowed the list of potential candidates down to a few contenders and one outlier:
- The Nikon COOLPIX P330
- Canon's latest iteration of the S95, the Canon PowerShot S110
- The camera that came between the S95 and S110, the Canon PowerShot S100
- And finally, a "stretch" candidate, the Sony DSC-RX100
All four of these cameras could serve as a great replacement for the S95. The improvements in features, like true HD video and GPS/wireless, as well as image quality made them all very strong candidates. I was especially intrigued by the Sony, which is getting rave reviews for its image quality (from a much larger sensor). I almost blew my budget to buy the Sony because it seems to be a bit of a game changer. But the price on it was more than I could justify given that I have a nice DSLR.
In the end, I decided to go with the PowerShot S100 for these reasons:
- The camera has a lot of positive reviews from people who upgraded to it from the S95.
- I like the idea of having direct GPS tagging of images if I want.
- I like the form-factor of the camera. One of the best things about my dearly departed S95 was the fact that it was truly "pocketable" which made it the perfect go anywhere complement to my much larger Canon EOS Rebel T3i DSLR (which I highly recommend!).
- And finally, the price on the S100 was right. At under $300 it should meet my needs without breaking the bank.
I should have the camera within the week and will do an unboxing/review of it once I get the time.
Losing a camera you like really, really sucks. I sincerely hope none of you have to go through the experience. But, if the unthinkable happens you can always try to "make Lemonade from Lemons" and find a new camera that works for you. I think the secret is to define what you are really wanting/needing from the camera, set a realistic budget and then do the research. If you do all of that, finding a new camera should be easy.