Monday, September 23, 2013

The Day the Camera Died

Did the mighty tree really fall if the Camera didn't record the event?

My camera has been increasingly difficult the past few months.  I have been going to extraordinary efforts to get the pictures to the computer for viewing, editing and posting.

Wednesday, it took its final breath.... and then refused to turn back on.  After checking all systems I could think of, I eventually conceded and began the process of research, research, research.

I consulted with my Facebook peeps, read product reviews and particularly payed attention to reviews by consumer from my shopping buddy, Amazon.

After careful research I went out shopping and you all know how much I like that (I detest shopping!!)   After all there is nothing like holding it in your hands and feeling how it works.

Here is the final result....

Nikon COOLPIX L820 16 MP CMOS Digital Camera with 30x Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080p Video (Black)

There are several advantages for me over my next choice.  

      -  The Nikon uses Double AA batteries which are easily charged using the trailer's solar power.

      -   It was $200 cheaper than my next choice

There are a couple of things I liked better than my last camera, but really what matters is how the pictures turn out.  So of course I couldn't wait to see how pictures turn out.

After dinner I headed out to check out how the camera handles and of course sunsets are my favorite test.  I found another place for sunset pics.


When I first arrived at my destination I didn't find anything to take pictures of while waiting for the sunset shots.  After walking around a bit I did find a couple of things to focus my camera on.
Next, the sunset test.

I'm fortunate that there are several places that I can go to find unobstructed sunset pictures close by





I ran out of sunset.... before I ran out of settings to try...





It wasn't the best sunset... but the camera captured it well...   

So I hope you will stay tuned  as I play with my new toy!!




  1. Love your choice of cameras. Beautiful picturs.

  2. Nothing like a new camera - I'm a camera junkie. Looks like you got a real beauty! Great photos.

  3. It's so much fun to get a new toy. I also have a Canon, mine is a PowerShot SX500 IS and I love it. When I was looking for a new camera and didn't want to spend too much, I bought a nice camera at Wal-Mart that used Double AA batteries. I liked the photos it took, but returned it because the batteries ran out very quickly. I was surprised. Please let us know how you do with the AA batteries. I'd like to know if you have a different experience.

    Great photos! Have fun with the new camera. :)

  4. I have a camera that I'm not that fond of except for the fact that it uses AA batteries. It is so much easier than a special battery. Mine takes 4 though which I don't like so much. But I just keep one extra set of rechargeable batteries in the case with me and when the ones in the camera run out I swap and put the weak ones in the battery charger and I'm ready to go again. These pictures look great - strong color.

  5. Great color on the sunsets. That isn't always easy to portray.

  6. Nice camera, that might be my next choice but for now I still love my Panasonic Lumix.

    Nice sunset shots.