I’ve had a Canon camera for a few years now, a present from Tim. It was a Powershot SX110.
It takes very nice pictures. And sometime last year I started playing with what I could achieve when I moved off manual, and the answer is, some very nice things. Some are on my much neglected photography blog – I may merge them in here.
But the 110 had a couple of problems. The major one being battery life. It’s depressing to set out to take pictures and have the batteries go flat 30 shots in.
So I’ve been looking at other cameras. And just before Kentwell, Tim tipped me off to the Canon SX700 HS on offer at £149. Now, that’s still quite a lot of money, but I felt I could justify it as a tool for the blog, so I went ahead and bought it.
Regrets, I have none.
For starters, the SX700 is smaller than my 110. Meaning that I’m more likely to slip it into a pocket or bag and take it out and about with me. It has a dedicated rechargeable battery (I will be buying a second) that lasts for hundreds of shots. And it has a phenomenal 30x optical zoom. It also has all the manual controls I’ve been getting used to on the original Powershot, in mostly the same places, so I’m getting to grips with it pretty quickly.
You can hook it up to mobiles/tablets using the Canon app – you can even remotely control the camera to take those family timer shots without having to dive across the room. You can also access pictures without having to find a card reader or other compatible device. And it takes very nice pictures.
If you like the look of it, here’s an Amazon affiliate link: Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Compact Zoom – Black (16.1MP, 30x Optical Zoom) will try to find cheaper versions tomorrow!