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An RnR camera?

I like useful cameras. I miss my old Pentax K2 (it was stolen), but I still have my old Contax RTS that replaced it. But it uses film, which is rather inconvenient nowadays, so naturally, I went digital like everybody else. I haven’t gone digital SLR just yet, not wanting to go halfway, having been spoiled by the RTS which was tip-top back in the day, so I’m saving up for something special.

But until then, if I were to recommend a camera, it would be a Canon PowerShot point & shoot. They have a great wide lens, they focus really close, and they are compatible with iPhoto and whatever Windows uses, as far as I’ve seen. I think we’ve had the SD800 for seven years or so, and the SD960 for about half that. Reliable, dependable, compatible.

No, I don’t work for Canon, but in a seminar last week, we used a little Sony camera to capture video, but it wouldn’t transfer files to the mix of Macs and PCs in the group, and it used proprietary cards, which to me, is a sin. Standards! Anyway, my little SD800 saved the day. Done.

I can’t speak for what Canon is offering today, but give them a look. If you find something better, great, but watch out for compatibility issues, which might not be apparent in the camera store.

What does this have to do with RnR? Well, the camera is reliable, and if I use technology, I want it to be reliable, since technology should serve us, not the other way around. That’s part of the RnR way.

Here’s a link to the SD960 on canon’s site, if you’re interested.
Here are a bunch of reviews of the 960.

(By the way, I’m easing up on the punny headlines. Too much pressure to come up with something clever.)

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  1. Will Brown
    May 31st, 2012 at 20:26 | #1

    Well my friend, you have picked a nice little camera to write about. As a photographic sales professional, I can assure you that the sd960 was a sweety. However, you are way behind the times. The new Powershots sport the new HS low light sensors, can give you up to 20x zoom in a small camera and 1080P High Definition video. All that and they are as easy to use as the old SD960. I like to tell people that if they think dog years are bad, digital years are just crazy by comparison.

    Time to go shopping my friend. On the other hand, sometimes if it isn’t broken, you don’t fix it. (wink)

    All the best.

    —Will (aka: The Blackbery Monk)

    p.s. As an old Pentax user, I share your pain. Save your pennies, and have a look at some of the new compact system cameras. They will eventually replace SLR’s.

  2. Catherine R.
    July 2nd, 2012 at 10:56 | #2

    The SD960 looks like a nice camera. I have the SD800 and I’ve been very happy with it. I use it for my vacation photos. It has endured heavy rain, and being dropped on the rocky ground, and still works fine. Also, it has a viewfinder, which I find essential.

    However, I find it doesn’t focus close enough for some of my jewelry photography. I might get a DSLR, Canon or Nikon.

    Thanks for the info!

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