I would love to graduate from my point and shoot camera. I did move up when I bought my HTC Incredible smartphone. With 8mp, I have twice the resolution of my old 4.1mp Sony Cyber-Shot. But I want a camera that can take action shots (multiple frames per second – the fast click, click, click of fancy cameras), the ability to capture images in low-level lighting, and multiple lens options for wide angle shots and super-crazy zoom.
I haz no dinero for camera. *sniff* Suuuuure, I could swing it. But we’re trying really, really hard to get out of the debt. But when I am reminded of what a fancy camera can do it makes me want to look a little more closely at the no-interest for 12-months loan they were offering at the Ritz Camera I visited not too long ago.
And I was recently reminded of what a fancy camera can do.
Last Saturday I visited Como Park Zoo in St. Paul with Craig from the Minneapolis Skeptics for Darwin Day. He owns a Nikon D7000. It looks like this:
*drool* He was using a zoom lens and took bunches and bunches of photos. I was having fun snapping along. I have a pretty good eye for composition, but I think I’ve reached the limit of my current technology. Have a look – what do you think?
These small photos do not do Craig’s photos justice. I encourage you to click on his photos to see the incredible detail on his flickr stream.
Monkeys in the primate house. Challenges: Low, filtered light, fast-moving subjects, thick glass with reflections.
My photo – HTC Incredible, Auto settings, camera lens pressed to the glass to avoid reflection.
Snow Leopard enclosure. Challenges: Dark subject against snow, outdoor natural light – cloudy, fast-moving subject, fencing.
My photo, zoomed in as far as possible (unable to get close enough to fence to place camera between links):
Yeah, I’m jealous.