This entry is somewhat of a diversion since it has nothing to do with Life Sciences. On the other hand, I have already had a posting on Philly Cheese Steak and New York Egg Cream. So, why not a digital camera?
Anyway, I'm taking this opportunity to reveal that I have been an avid photographer since I was 8 years old. Over time, I have found myself focusing on travel photography. If you are interested, you can see some of that on my photo web site. Just click here to get there.
In the past 10 years I have used Canon cameras exclusively. Each one has been first rate whether film or digital. A lot of my digital photos have been taken with a Canon G2 5 megapixel camera. It's now pretty old and I'm planning to replace it. In fact, I have been planning to do that for almost a year. I have held out, knowing that Canon would eventually come out with a new version of its popular Digital Rebel camera.
My wait is over. The new model, called the Digital Rebel XTi, will hit the streets just about now.
I waited, hoping that Canon would come out with a higher resolution (read: megapixel) model and keep the price roughly the same. They did not disappoint!
The new XTi has a 10.1 megapixel CMOS sensor. The older model had eight. So why exactly is this important? Well, it's not that important if you are only going to look at your photos on your PC or TV screen. The resolution on those (even HD TV) is lower than what the camera can produce. However, if you want to make prints, you need the megapixels. For example, I expect to print stunning 11" x 17" photos and take advantage of all those pixels.
A second major reason for wanting this camera is the ability to use any number of lenses. Well, OK, about 60 different ones. This is possible because the XTi is a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera. So, I'll be able to do a close-up on a bumble bee or take a nice panoramic shot of the Grand Canyon.
This is a serious camera. But, it's not considered a "professional" one. Those will have more features and cost a lot more. On the other hand, I'm willing to bet that most people won't be able to tell that my photos are being taken by an $800 or $3,000 camera.
You guessed it, the Canon Digital Rebel XTi costs a bit less than $800. Oh, that's without a lens. With a general purpose lens, it will set you back about $900. If you look hard enough on the Internet, you may be able to get it for $50-$80 less.
By the way, I don't consider this a replacement for whatever "point and shoot" digital camera you may already have. Consider it your more "serious" camera. After all, that point and shoot comes in real handy for most occasions.