I’m glad that Christmas is over. Don’t get me wrong, I love the holidays! This year the flu took the fun out of it for me though. We had some wonderful moments that I didn’t get to capture because my camera flash decided to die on me Christmas day at my mom’s party! I was, and still am, pretty upset about it. My Canon PowerShot A570IS was the first real digital camera we had owned, and besides it voracious appetite for batteries, I loved it. Fortunately for me I remembered a few days after Christmas that I had purchased a Square Trade Warranty on my camera when I bought it new off of eBay. I crossed my fingers and looked up the warranty information, YES! It’s still covered, barely! We bought the camera in March of 2008, the three year warranty expires this year. I guess that means I should consider myself lucky that it decided to go now rather than waiting until the warranty had expired, that would not have been good.
Now, I have six warranties through Square Trade but I haven’t thought about them or used any of them… ever. In fact when I logged on to my account I was ashamed to see that I have an active warranty for a bagless Hoover I had bought in July of 2008 from Amazon. That isn’t even expired yet but guess where my vacuum is? Probably the landfill. Darn it! I will certainly be more careful from now on to check and make sure that I do or do not have a warranty!
Anyway, I clicked the little “File a Claim” button for my camera, and filled out the easy claim form explaining what had happened. I was hoping that it was going to be just a repair , after all how hard can a flash be to fix? After a couple of days (it was the holiday season!) I received a reply stating that I was eligible for a full payout. They sent me a prepaid UPS lable to send the camera in. When they receive it I can choose one of three payout options:
- Instant PayPal payment
- Amazon gift card (incudes an 5% bonus)
- Mailed Check
I’m choosing PayPal. While I’m 95% sure I’ll be purchasing from Amazon, you never know if there will be a local sale to take advantage of.
Now at first I was pretty bummed because I am attached to my camera. I started to freak, Why can’t they just fix it blah blah blah! Then I realized I was being idiotic, they are going to give me back the full purchase price of my camera! That is awesomeness! I started shopping on Amazon. This is where I am stuck. I really have enjoyed my Canon but wonder if maybe there are other options.
Here are two camera’s I am considering. Keep in mind my payout is $194.95 so I would like my new camera to stay right around that price. Both of these are way better than my 7.1 MP was1 At the top of my list:
Like I said, I liked my PowerShot, so maybe I should stick with what I know?
- It’s a Canon, I like Canon
- Price is good at $179.00. – I could also get a new 8gb SDHC memory card for it with the extra $14.96 I’ll have left
- 12x wide-angle optical zoom
- 12.1 mp is way better than what I had
- smart flash
- 28 auto shoot modes
- optical image stabilization
- a miniatures scene mode – fun but not very useful for me
- 3.0 inch 230K dot LCD view screen
- 720p HD video – useful but not necessary
- can print up to 13 x 19-inch posters
- Manual Pop Up flash – I will realistically probably forget to pop the flash up most of the time, making me miss important shots
This camera caught my eye, and when I browsed through the user submitted photos I really started to consider it.
- Still a good price at $199.95 – for a few more bucks out of my pocket I could still get a new SD card
- 12.1 mp is way better than what I had
- 15x wide-angle optical zoom glass lens looks way cool!
- can shoot approx 840 still images using the supplied Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA batteries
- 5-way VR Image Stabilization System
- 15 auto scene modes
- Sport continuous mode rapidly shoots up to 20 pics – would be great for daughter’s basketball games
- Macro shooting from as close as 1 cm – ooh I love this feature!
- In-Camera Red-Eye Fix auto corrects before saving to memory
- Can auto detect up to 12 faces and automatically snaps picture when they smile. Has a blink detector too – how cool is that!
- also has 720p HD video – useful but not necessary
- 3.0 inch 460K dot LCD view screen
- can print up to 16 x 20-inch posters
- again this has a manual lift flash – blah
Honestly I’m leaning towards the Nikon but I have no idea if they are a good camera or not. I’ve always looked at Canon’s. I need advice! Do any of you have experience with either, or even suggestions for a similar camera in this price range? Help!
And then…. I get this email with all these new Canon Powershots! I am horrible at making up my mind. Seriously, I once stood in the vacuum aisle at Walmart for over an hour trying to choose between three different vacuum cleaners! Too many choices! But what about this one:
*yes, I’ve used my Amazon affiliate links, Why not? lol!