Here she is! My new Canon Powershot S5 IS! Isn't she lovely? Isn't she wonderful?
Those of you who know me will probably be laughing by now. Yes, I have a new camera. I needed one like a hole in my head. No- honest I really needed a new camera! The guy who sold it to me asked if I wanted the extended warranty and I laughed and said "no thanks I never keep a camera long enough to need an extended warranty"! Lately my kids have been the lucky recipients of my ex cameras though I'm still waiting to see some photos from them.
I had really given some thought to getting a DSLR with all the bells and whistles, but in the end the learning curve and the expense of a few extra lenses helped me decide on the Powershot you see here. It's not an SLR however it does have optional lenses and they come at a much lower price than any DSLR lenses do.
I've enjoyed my Panasonic Lumix (it was my second one) but there were a few things lacking that I hadn't realised when I first bought it. It doesn't have a viewfinder, which is really necessary in bright light, and it didn't have any real manual functions. The Canon has the viewfinder and lots of manual settings, plus some rather playful options such as a colour selector setting in which your shot is B&W except for whatever colour you select in the shot. The optical zoom is also 12X- a slight improvement over the Lumix which was 10X.
So that's my new baby. Stay tuned to see what fun I have with her!