The Tools That Make the World My Canvas…

Earlier on Facebook, I posted a status update that said:

From a photographer’s perspective, it’s true– you never can have too many cameras. Different cameras are useful for different situations; point-and-shoot cameras are nice for casual spontaneous pics, video cameras are good for (duh!) video, and DSLRs are good for high-quality photographs. Within these different styles of cameras, certain brands also excel at certain features. Some brands are known for having better white-balance, others are known for better lens-quality, and still others are known for ease of use. Because of this extensive variety, owning multiple cameras is more beneficial than simply owning one camera that’s awesome.

Recently, I was scoffed at for wanting yet another camera for my birthday. I already own six (two cameras I use regularly, one cellphone camera, and three “decommissioned” cameras that I rarely use [one of these is also broken]) cameras, and most believed this to be plenty of cameras for one person. Why would I need another?

To explain this better, let’s examine my camera inventory. I’ll start with the unused and obsolete and move toward the new and regularly handled. Let’s begin:

Aiptek DZO-V3T

I’ve been rockin’ this clunker of a video camera since freshman year. Ironically, I got it for my birthday that year. The first day I got it my friends and I started making videos. The first video involved lots of high-pitched voices shouting obscenities and things like “Go F*ck Your Couch!”. We also made a twenty-minute long audio recording of our conversation that night when we were stargazing… Good times.

It still works, but I never use it. It’s video quality is out-of-date and appears extremely fuzzy on YouTube. The audio recording feature still works too. It shoots 6-megapixel still images. (Note: Lens is 8.31 mm with a fixed aperture of F3.0)


This is actually a camera phone, but it took some pretty amazing pictures. I was just messing around with it one day after track practice, and I took an awesome shot of the parking lot from the gym doors on a rainy day. Here’s that picture:

I began to experiment with photography after that picture. After practice, I would walk around West trying to get some more amazing shots. This led to more pictures with more advanced cameras… until we ended up here. It takes 2-megapixel still images, and it also records video. (Note: The lens is 4.4 mm and it has a fixed-aperture of F3.0)

(After taking pictures of West, Canyon Creek, and Missoula with the eNV, I used my parents’ Sony point-and-shoot to take a ton of pictures during a trip to Vegas. Here’s a link to that album on Facebook.)

Kodak C180

Ah, the little blue camera that died. I bought this point-and-shoot from Sears for $20 this summer. It lasted from June 22nd to July 21st; the LCD screen was cracked when the camera bag it was in was stuck underneath a seat that was being moved. The camera still takes pictures, but you can’t use the LCD screen to compose the shots and there is no way to review your pictures on the camera. The camera also doesn’t have a viewfinder… I guess it could still be considered useful if you enjoy blindly taking pictures, but otherwise it’s junk. I keep it around as a token of this summer. It took some good pictures and videos, and it couldn’t be beat for the price. R.I.P. Little blue Kodak C180.

Palm Pre Plus

This is my current camera phone. I used it in the first video I made for the twentyeleven project YouTube channel, and I’ve taken a few pictures with it. It’s not the best, but it’s better than not having a camera at all. It takes 3-megapixel stills, and it’s a fixed-focus camera.

GE A1255

Not much to say about this camera… It was bought as a replacement camera for the Kodak C180. I forgot my main camera, my Kodak Z8612IS, at home during a trip to Fairmont this summer and I needed another camera to take pictures for my blog. We went into the local Butte Kmart and this was the best camera for the lowest price. It has a decent zoom and OK features, but it’s menus are somewhat difficult to navigate. It’ll work as a replacement for the C180, and it takes 12.2-megapixel pictures. It also takes video, but I haven’t tested it’s video-quality. It’s a decent point-and-shoot, but I got a better deal on the C180.

Kodak Z8612IS

This is my favorite camera. I purchased it last year in December, a few months after I started working. It was one of the first big-ticket items I purchased with my own money, and I was so excited to have a new camera that actually worked. I was in a photography class out at the Career Center at the time, so I was ecstatic to discover that this camera had manual features (you can adjust the shutter speed, aperture, ISO…  everything). I use this camera for all of my “legit” photography now, as it has the best lens of all of the cameras within my arsenal. It has an aperture range of F2.8-F8.0 and a 12x optical zoom. It also takes 480p video. It’s amazing. I love it. It’s not quite a DSLR, but it will work until I can justify spending over $500 on a camera.

So that’s it. Those are all of the cameras I own right now. Let’s take a quick recap, shall we?

  • One of those cameras is broken. 6 – 1 = 5.
  • One of those cameras is an old cell phone that I don’t use anymore.  5 – 1 = 4
  • The video camera is obsolete. 4 – 1 = 3.
  • Do you really count a camera-phone as a camera? It technically is a camera, but it’s not a legit one. 3 – 1 = 2.

With that recap, I technically own just two cameras, and not six. Both of those cameras are designed to take pictures, and while they both can take video, it was not their primary design. This is why I’m getting a video camera for my birthday– so I can create legitimate videos with decent video-quality. You’ll thank me later.

Now that I’ve justified my reasons for wanting another camera to the world, I think I’m going to go to bed. It’s 11:44 P.M., and one can only muse about his cameras for so long on a school night. Have a nice day, and don’t forget to comment! 🙂

– Will

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