On the way home from our usual weekend stop at the Little Gem Cafe in Gordon, Pat and I stopped off at Harvey Norman to pick up some ink cartridges for the printer. Inside, I got to looking at the camera section because I’ve been feeling really frustrated with my camera options — well, actually for quite some time.
In the case I came across one of those little point-and-shoot sized cameras that also offers the ability to incorporate interchangeable lenses… like big lenses or fish eye lenses or whatever lens my heart desires. Could this be the answer to my camera questions?
My Camera Dilemma
To give a brief background, I have a DSLR. I bought it before I started traveling at the end of 2007, and I love the quality of photos it takes. [Have a look at my Shedd Aquarium post.] However, I HATE carrying it with me… anywhere! Not only is it a little heavy around my neck, but it’s just so freaking big — I hate to pull it out in many travel situations, and I hate it taking up just that extra bit more of space.
Still, when I do use it, the photos are a visible notch up in quality, and that’s something I’m afraid of giving up for those special circumstances…
It’s a true dilemma!
The Pocket-Sized DSLR
Then, I saw these little hybrids (I’ve seen them before, but hadn’t researched them at all), and my brain got to thinking that this type of camera might be what I’m all about. I’m heading back to Kyrgyzstan in a few months, and a major goal is to take loads of photos this time (unlike last where I barely took any photos at all!). I need to get my camera situation straightened out once and for all.
My question is about these cameras, and whether or not we can really have the best of both worlds. I really want to give one a go, but I can’t afford to make a huge purchase, and I’m not about to sell my DSLR until I know that what I’m about to buy is comparable in both quality and versatility.
Has anyone used a hybrid camera like the Sony Nex3 and have good things to say? I’d love to hear your personal camera decisions or reviews, as well!