Yee Haw! I finally have my mitts on a mirrorless/compact camera. I’m so excited about it! So excited in fact that I could do a happy cow jig! (Mom, remember that dance after getting strikes in bowling while I was dressed as a cow….that one!). I adore my “cute” camera. It’s so cute and tiny and light. I’m pretty sure I took a photo of it next to my DSLR, but I have no idea where it is right now. And yes, that is me dressed as a cow bowling. Though you can’t tell it’s me. You’ll just have to take my word for it. I mean, I am admitting to the public that I dressed like a cow to bowl for charity. So did my parents. I’m pretty sure my husband took the rear shot of me. Cause I wouldn’t.
While trying to maintain at least one post a week and a smidge of my sanity, this introduction to my new digital baby will have to be short and sweet. Meaning…not a whole lot of technical info, but a lot of my excited babbling.
I’m still learning her. Yes, she’s a “her” to me. A cute little thing. Once I learn her, I’ll delve into more detail. Actually, as I learn her I’ll try to post things, but I can’t even seem to keep up with the laundry right now. Plus, I have some beautiful photos to cull and edit from a marvelous family session. *wink, wink*
I introduced her on instagram. About a month ago. I’m not quick here.
She’s a Canon EOS M. I had a Nikon J1 on order last year and that fell through. It was suppose to be a Christmas gift from my husband. I didn’t want to spend a load of money on a compact camera (I don’t like to spend a load of money on anything), so many of my “dream” cameras were out of my price range. My dear husband found this Canon and ordered it for me as my gift from last Christmas. This camera is no longer made, so there are some great deals out there on it. While we may not have gotten the “best” deal that’s been out there, I got a camera! Happy Dance!
The camera with 18-55mm lens was $299 from Fumfie.com. My husband also got me the 22mm lens for my birthday. That was $99 from Amazon. I’m going to get the flash for it with a birthday gift card. Someone in my family has this same camera and I got to try out their flash, I think it’ll be worth it.
The awesome thing about this Canon compact camera is that you can get an adapter and use any Canon lens on this thing. ANY Canon lens. A huge telescoping lens might look funny on a teeny tiny camera, but hey…it’s capable of doing it. I find that a huge benefit. Not that my DSLR is a Canon, but you never know. I am an equal opportunity camera kind of gal. No brand loyalty from me (cause I’m not paid to do it!).
Goodness, I’ve been blabbing on and on about this camera. That must mean I like it. I downloaded the pdf manual on to my phone so that I can read it when I’m sitting places like the airplane once or twice a year, guitar lessons, appointments (seriously…my kid is already getting sent to the orthodontist….bad genes), while my husband drives us in the car, and such. I’m almost through the manual and plan to read it again. I’m a camera geek like that. I’m still learning the camera. It’s fun. Different, but fun.
So I guess I’ll have to have future posts on my “cute” camera. But for now I’ll leave you with a bunch of shots I took on the camera’s maiden voyage. Meaning…..I was still figuring the thing out. These are all unedited. Oh, how I want to get my editing hand on some of them, but I left them untouched to see what the camera shoots. Canon definitely shoots brighter colors than my Nikon and my husband definitely likes that. You can skip over my random comments if you want this to go faster.
While I was hoping this camera would arrive before our trip to Moab, it didn’t. It did arrive before we met family in Alabama for some extended family time. So I took the camera along with me to a cloudy, cool day at the US Space and Rocket Center.
I was playing with different settings on the camera and figuring out how to get it to do different things. I honestly can’t remember all the different things I did. I’m pretty sure I was playing with the auto mode and the aperture mode during this visit.
Those would be my babies below. They’ve actually ridden in a tandem trike with their Grandma before. But not on the moon.
I kinda heart this photo below straight out of camera. My husband is in the red coat and that’s my boy in the yellow hat running and looking up. The colors are pretty bold. We were fortunate to visit the museum during the day on a school day, so it wasn’t busy.
A photo of my husband taking a photo. He’s in the very bottom of the photo, taking a photo of the rocket with his cell phone. I think this was aperture priority mode.
Ducks. I was playing with the focus. Not so good here. I think I’ve since figured out how to focus on a subject better. This focused somewhere on the duck’s chest, not the face. I thought I was focusing on the face. The kids call this a half duck/half turkey. Again, I was using aperture priority mode with my 22mm lens. See how the ducks in the background are blurred?
I am so amazed at the colors that come out of this camera. It’s like I gave them a color zing in photoshop! Look at those goldfish!
The whites tend to overexpose, but I’m still learning how to meter the light from this camera. It helps to understand exposure, but it takes some time to learn a new machine! And that’s a lot of goldfish.
This photo of my family was taken by a fellow Canon EOS m user! This was actually taken at dusk in very low light. Pretty impressive for low light. I think I had the 18-55mm lens on.
This was taken as we entered a cave. At dusk. After Halloween. Spooky. I kinda like this one.
You do not want to know how many shots I took of my kids at the airport in Dallas. Lots. I was playing with different settings and figuring out the camera. Cause that’s what you do on layovers when you like cameras! I’ve got everything from blown out skies with the kids in color, to the kids dark and the background showing, and everything in between.
This was just for fun. Cause I liked the blue peeking through the clouds. I’m seriously impressed with the bold colors that come out of the camera. I still can’t get over that.
There’s a reason I like this one. If you know me, look closely in the photo and see what you recognize. And no, I’m not paid by Southwest for this lovely bit of advertising. I seem to pay them. (The kids say thank you to some special people for the Christmas plane tickets!)
Now all I need to do is add that camera and her lens to my equipment page. I’ll get on that in a couple of weeks. Hopefully.
Do you have a compact camera? Dish on it.