August 23, 2005
Dear CNET members,
I'm not an avid photographer, but I do own a midprice 5-megapixel digital camera, and I love it--the convenience, the capacity, and the flexibility make it very compelling to ditch my old point-and-shoot film camera. However, as many great conveniences and features as a digital camera offers, I have my own gripes about it. With a two-year-old son in my hands, his attention span and his lack of ability to stay still make it difficult for action photography or any situation in which I need to shoot quickly--I don't how many great moments I've lost because of my digital camera's slow recovery time to take a follow-up shot. But that's not all. Sure, I've stopped carry rolls and rolls of film, but that has been quickly replaced by carrying extra batteries since my camera sucks the life out of them like there is no tomorrow. I know I can go out and buy a high-end digital camera to take care of some of these annoyances, but those are just beyond my budget as a common snapshot photographer. Do you have any gripes to share about your digital camera? Read up on what other members have said in our new Point and Shout discussion area, and tell us what digital camera you own and what are some of the annoyances about your digital camera that make you cringe.
This week's hot topic:
Digital camera complaints
Just about everybody loves their digital camera--but that doesn't mean they're perfect. In our latest Point and Shout discussion, we asked what bugs you the most about your digital camera.
Lag time laments
Several of you shared the same complaint: there's too much lag time from clicking the button to the camera actually taking the picture. CNET member Stepman said he was tired of always "missing the shot"--until he upgraded to his current camera.
Read Stepman's post in Point and Shout
No good at night
Much of CNET member ellenash's Disney vacation was missed due to her digital camera's failure to catch nighttime images. Luckily, her husband brought his basic 35mm camera to catch Mickey after dark.
Read ellenash's post in Point and Shout
Make manuals better
CNET member gunsmoke600 had a hard time reading his camera's manual. Along with all the overly technical text, the print was too small. His solution? Take the manual to Kinko's and photocopy each page with enlarged print.
Read gunsmoke600's post in Point and Shout
What doesn't your digital camera do that you wish it did? Read "What most annoys you about your digital camera or camcorder?" then speak up in the TalkBack section.
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