I finally caved and picked up the digital camera I’ve had my eye on ever since my Nikon 5600 died. I went down to Fry’s this morning and picked up the Canon Powershot SD700 IS. Fry’s had it for $474, about $25 off of the full retail price. I snapped some unboxing pics with my wife’s Nikon 3200 that I’ve been carrying as a backup, and I’ll get those posted soon. I made the decision to go ahead and spend the money for this camera last week, when there was a deal from Dell to pick it up for $367. Unfortunately, I missed out, and the coupon was used up by the time I pulled the trigger. I really didn’t want to pay full retail, but I also wanted to get a good replacement camera before Gnomedex later this week.
I haven’t really used it much yet – Rachel and I are having a “vacation at home” for a couple of days this week. Emma is at Grandma’s house, and today, we went to Fry’s, saw a matinee of “Cars” (awesome movie! I loved it!), picked up some things at the mall (including the little official Canon leather case for their ultracompact cameras), went to Home Depot, and basically did anything we could to stay out in the air conditioned car rather than go home and sit in the oppressive heat.
Thankfully, the weather has cooled dramatically. By about 7:00 pm, it started to get cooler, and it’s quite nice outside right now (almost 11:00 pm). A very welcome change. I’ll play around with the camera some more tomorrow (maybe take some pictures of me installing our window air conditioner unit). So far, I’m extremely impressed. The speed of the camera is awesome. The 4x optical zoom is great, and the image stabilization works wonderfully – a lot of shots I used to take with my Nikon came out blurry because they were taken in sub-optimal light conditions. That’s one of the main reason I was willing to pay more for the SD700 IS and it’s image stabilization, compared to one of the other Canon or Nikon ultracompact cameras out there.
Stay tuned for updates!