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Blogging cameras

Backup camera

Anna has enjoyed her Canon Powershot SX20 over the last two and a half years, but the camera finally gave up the ghost.  Dirt has caused an intermittent lens error for most of the camera's life.  Usually, we can simply do a hard reboot and the camera starts working again, but this time around none of the recommended tricks solved the problem.

We plan to see if a camera repair shop can do any better next time we're in the big city, but in the meantime, we decided to upgrade our high-tech camera to a Nikon Coolpix L810.  Until the L810 arrives, my Nikon Coolpix L22 will be the primary blog camera.

The L22 often outperformed the Canon in picture quality, even though it lacked the supermacro features and extensive zoom, and the price and size are both very reasonable.  We hope the Nikon Coolpix L810 will be an upgrade in all departments.

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In my experience camera repairs (especially the small and fiddly lenses you find on smaller cameras) often cost more than a replacement camera, let alone the day value.

For blogging photos consider buying a secondhand DSLR body with a decent zoom or macro lens. You can pick up a Nikon D70 (with lens) for $100-200 (depending on the lens). A body can be had for around $60.

Comment by Roland_Smith Tue May 7 11:43:36 2013
I learned a long time ago to ditch the lens cap and replace it with a UV filter (usually less than ten bucks). That way, your lens is protected from dust, grime and scratches, but you don't have to fiddle around with a lens cap. Also, you might consider a hand strap instead of a neck strap -- I can't stand having a camera banging against my chest and being restricted by the strap's length if I don't want to unwrap it from my neck.
Comment by mitsy Tue May 7 15:44:17 2013

I am a photographer as well. I added a UV to the lens, but would NEVER ditch the lenscap. I would cary without one, but always stored the lenscap. next, the biggest advantage to the uv is that it always kept dirt off the more expensive lens, while allowing you to shoot. I typically use my cell phone for my blog photos and videos. I know i have the camera and techniques, but it is just so darn convenient to use that phone! "Check out my Survivalist Blog at the Clever Survivalist and read daily Survival Guide content."

Comment by Clever Survivalist Thu May 9 14:11:37 2013

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