I had the Nikon Coolpix for a bit (7 days, actually), and was not
impressed. I have always loved Nikon, trusted the name, and love my
good ol' 35mm Nikon (which I sadly don't use very much anymore). The
first digital camera I got was the Olympus Camedia. LOVED IT! It was
pricey when I got it back then (in 1999), but it was chosen (given to
me as a gift) because of the macro & he knew that was VERY important.
It became the camera I used most often for "regular" stuff, too,
especially after my son was born & I could take pictures & have them
ready to send to the relatives later that day.
I also learned it was great for travels, as even inside an ancient
and dark cathedral, I could fairly easily get a good shot, no big
equipment & tripods required. After years of use and use and use, one
of the buttons stopped working, some of the pixels seemed to "burn
out" (don't know what that really is, but that's how I'd describe
it), and I knew I needed to upgrade the megapixels, maily to get
clearer shots for slides & big enlargements. I went to the store &
saw the new version of the Camedia, as well as Nikon's "point and
shoot" model, the Coolpix.
I trust the Nikon name, and, although it sounds silly, it didn't
have a lens cap to lose, so I decided to get it instead of the new
Camedia. Well, I'm sure if you pay a few hundred bucks more, you can
get a fantabulous Nikon digital camera, but in the same price range
as the Camedia, it's not great, IMHO. There were soooo many preset
functions, it seemed you had to put waaaay too much thought into
taking a simple photo (am I indoors or out, taking a portrait or
group photo, back lit on a cloudy day or front lit on a sunny day,
am I at a party, is my subject wearing yellow, is it a dog or a
cat... OK maybe those last couple are exaggerating).
Also, I couldn't get it into any sort of simple manual mode, so I
couldn't adjust things the way I wanted them, it was all only what
the camera wanted. No ability to play with the depth of field, which
really bugged me. I got some great close-up macro pictures, assuming
I didn't want the back half of my little ring to also be in focus.
Nice & dramatic for an enlargement in my booth, but not so that
people could see what the whole ring actually looks like. Well,
needless to say I returned the Coolpix within a week and bought a
different one. I went for what I knew I'd like, the Olympuc Camedia,
misplaceable lens cap and all (actually now it's attached to the
strap, so no more losing it!). LOVE IT! For the price range, it's a
nice camera with good quality and functionality, and it doesn't
treat you like someone who doesn't know how to operate a camera, at
least not unless you want it to.
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