I love my Nikon D90 and all the toys that go with it. When I spend any amount of money, beyond travel that is, I am usually buying something to go in my camera bag. One thing about DSLR cameras is that they are heavy. The weight usually doesn’t bother me, but when the walking is steep and uneven I’d rather be focused on where my feet are then worrying about my camera. I’ll be walking on the Great Wall this summer and I’ve decided that the D90 is just too heavy to carry along the Wall, so I have bought a new camera as a sidekick to my D90.
My first digital was a Fuji, and I loved that camera. There are still loads of my photos around that I took with it. A friend now has it on “permanent” loan, and the camera still works perfectly. When I started looking for a point and shoot as a sidekick to my Nikon D90 I did have in the back of my mind that I wouldn’t mind getting another Fuji. However, I wanted to keep an open mind, so I asked for recommendations.
You can find those here………….
I looked at the Olympus models, the Canons, the Nikons, and the Fujis.
One thing I noticed immediately was that I didn’t like the feel of most of the point and shoot cameras. They just didn’t feel like cameras in my hand. That probably has to do with the fact that I usually shoot with my D90 which is a fairly big camera. Even most of the Fujis were simply too tiny. Secondly, none of them had a viewfinder, which I had decided was a must.
Then I eyed a Fuji that was a step up from a point and shoot. I feel in love. Then the salesman, who could speak passable English, told me there was a newer model and it was cheaper!
At the end of the day I went $150.00 over budget, but I have a sidekick to my Nikon that I think I will be happy with for a long time.
I’m now the proud owner of a Fuji Finepix S1900. You can see the specs here. The 350.00 price tag included the camera, 4g card, and a camera bag.
Here are the specs……..
Some of the features that sold me on the camera were:
–weight (as in very light)
–the feel (I don’t think I’m going to drop it!)
–takes regular A batteries
–18x digital zoom
–automatic and manual modes
–dual image stabilization
–12.2 mega pixels
I’m still finding my way around all of the features, and so far I’m really happy with my choice. Here are few shots that I have taken with it so far.
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