The New Small Camera

My Nikon Coolpix is dying, and I am going a few places this summer (including Kansas City for WorldCon) where I want to take pictures. Hauling my beloved Canon DSLR seems cumbersome and feels a bit like making myself a target. I am taking more pictures with my phone, and getting better at it, but I still like the small cameras. I did a little bit of research and decided to get the Canon ELPH Powershot.

Last Sunday I took it out for a spin. One of my favorite places to take photos is the farmers market, and there are scores of flowers in bloom along the way.

The auto-focus is more persnickety than the Nikon and I’m going to have to adjust to that (or use my phone as a back-up), but I can’t fault the resolution.

Flower Against Sky

Flower Against Sky

Downtown, sparrows have built their nests between the WestAmerica Bank lettering and the wall, creating a very safe space for their youngsters. Here, the zoom worked well.

Bringing Home the Bacon; sparrow perched on WestAmerica Bank Sign.

Bringing Home the Bacon

Bird on large letter attached to wall.

The Powershot is slimmer than the Nikon and about 2/3 the weight. This also makes it attractive for traveling.

Tall cups of blueberries on a yellow checked oilcloth.


I don’t know if that fisheye effect is something I did or something the camera did. I don’t know if I like it.

Broccoli and Cauliflower

Broccoli and Cauliflower



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