I have a new hobby. I capture stories with still frames.
Past experiences taught me, taking pictures was a nusiance. To my untrained eye there were only two types of pictures: ”I was here” and group pictures. Thanks to my HTC Hero, that changed. The instant gratifcation of taking a dull picture and breathing life into it with an app (Vignette in my case), lowered the barrier to enter Photography. Vignettes camera options were so vast, it gave me the confidence to change manual options on a real camera.
In the midst of finding this confidence, I was planning my first vagabonding trip. To capture moments of my long term travel, I decided to upgrade from a water damaged Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FX7 to a Canon G12. Yes, I know I didn’t upgrade to a DSLR camera. The sheer thought of carrying around a DSLR made me cringe with thoughts of, “I’m over compensating”. I mean, did I really want to jump from Little League to the Majors? No.
Two days before my journey began, I received my G12 and bought a book to accompany my new found hobby.
Now aside from the technical jargon and techniques I have learned, my favorite part of the camera is the swivel LCD screen.
I know, it already comes with a 28 mm wide angel lens to capture a variety of angles.
The double cake layer top dial allows for easy access to scene and ISO settings.
Of course, it has impeccable 720 HD Video recording capability.
And, the G series from Canon has received numerous awards and accolades.
But, my favorite part is still the swivel LCD screen. It allows you to take self portrait and self timer pictures without “shooing in the dark”. And, now tough to reach angles become an arms length away. As I progress in my hobby I am certain I will appreciate the finer features of the G12, but as an “Amateur’s Amateur”, it’s the ability to take a easier pictures that trump additional functionality.