Just a quick announcement for you today – I’ve gotten myself a new camera! I got some money from my grandmother for Christmas and my birthday and with that plus a bit of my own I decided it was about time to upgrade. I had been pretty happy with my previous camera, which was a Canon PowerShot SX100 IS, until a year or so ago. It took good pictures, but in a limited amount of settings. Cloudy out? Not going to get a great shot. Dark? Forget it, basically. The 10X zoom was pretty nice, but I got increasingly frustrated that I couldn’t take very good food pictures, which has become very important to me. When I had a smartphone in the US, I was using that for food shots instead because even it did better in low light!
It took a long time to find any camera I wanted more. A DSLR? But they’re so freaking huge… my camera could fit in a pocket if I wanted. Finally I found out about micro 4/3 style cameras. This seemed like the perfect solution – small, but with a much bigger sensor and the ability to change lenses. So I chose one and went for it. I got it in the mail last Friday, just in time to take it on my Jeju trip. It’s an Olympus E-P2 with a 14-42mm kit lens. It’s not the latest model but I thought it was good enough and at the right price. It’s not too huge or heavy, though I don’t have a case for it yet. I want to get a telephoto lens for it but for now I’m loving it. I chose Olympus over the other options almost exclusively for the art filters, which I absolutely love right now. I also really like the style of the camera itself, which looks like an old film one – plenty of people have already been surprised it’s digital.
I think it’s able to take superior photos right away, and I’m sure once I get used to all its settings it’ll be even better. Starting with my Jeju trip posts (coming soon!), I hope that you will notice an improvement in photo quality here!