…like, when you need to make a biggish purchase and don't know where to start.
My digital camera is dead as a doornail. It's not an overly expensive one, and it served me well. But I know the drill, because I've done it before–if I take it to the camera place, they will tell me it's more economical to replace it than to repair it. (Since when did our electronic devices become disposable? But that's a post for another day…)
With soccer season, birthday season, and end-of-school season just around the corner, I know I can't make it very long without a camera. I'm not a photo buff; I know digital SLRs are wonderful, but I just can't justify the expense. Here's what I'm looking for:
Never mind, I have no idea what I'm looking for, because I don't possess the terminology to know what I'm looking for. Here's a revolutionary thought: I want to press the little button and get good pictures. I don't want it to suck my bank account dry. I want it to have decent zoom for soccer pictures. I don't want an overly long delay when I press the little button (I hate that about digital cameras). And as long as I'm making my wish list, I'd like for it to be able to stop by and pick up milk on the way home and establish peace in the Middle East.
If you have bought a lower-to-mid-priced digital camera in the last few months, I would love to know what you bought, and what you think. I know I could just Google it for reviews, but I always encounter words like "aperture" and "contrast ratio", while my photographic vocabulary is limited to "that little silver button thingy."
Help me, Internet. You're my only hope.