November 9, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday! First off, my family and I have all recovered from the nasty bug we had over the past couple of weeks. For those of you who e-mailed me to get better soon, thank you all so much for caring! I even got a few illness remedies from members, and they will be highly considered next time around. Thanks again!
Now that I'm back in the saddle, I have to tip my hat to those who have contributed to grandpa Walter's question for advice on buying his first digital camera. The advice posted to the discussion thread came from folks of all backgrounds, ranging from experts to folks who were once in Walter's shoes. And many came from grandparents! I had no idea we had so many grandparents among our members, and that's just wonderful. I really wish this topic had come when my 77-year-old dad was in the same position, as it probably would've helped him out quite a bit during that time. But hey, he's learned quite a bit since then, and he's on his third digital camera already and tinkering with Photoshop!
Well, Walter, you are in good hands with the CNET community; there is plenty of sound advice from our members, and to get you started, here's just a sample. Don't get overwhelmed by all the info--there is a lot to be learned. Take your time when choosing a digital camera--a good rule of thumb is to stick with well-known manufacturers. Narrow your favorites to few and compare them in a brick-and-mortar store to get a good feel for the camera. Megapixels aren't as overrated as you've heard; it really just depends on what you will be doing with your photos.
I'm going stop here, as our members have covered all of this and much more. So happy reading and researching, and welcome to the digital camera world, Walter--and all who are in the same boat! If you have additional advice please post it in this week's discussion thread. Thank you, everyone! You all deserve a big pat on the back for pitching in. Have a splendid weekend!
Member Question of the Week
I'm so glad I found this newsletter; it has been so helpful
in many ways for me. Lee, you have many wonderful people here
who have a lot of knowledge, and I hope they can help out
this grandpa here. I know my question is not a complicated
one, but to me it's quite frightening, so here it goes.
Before I head into the holidays, I'm ready to purchase my
first digital camera, and I know nothing about them except
that it doesn't need film. I don't want to ask my kids for
help because I really want this to be a surprise to them that
an old geezer like me still has a knack for technology these
days; besides I have a lot of time on my hands. I'm not
looking for anything fancy, just a good reliable camera to
take good pictures and put them on my computer for viewing
and printing them to share with my friends at my local senior
club. I would love if I can get some pointers to start me out
on this big venture of mine, like things to look for and
disregard, the dos and don'ts when buying a digital camera.
The one thing that I've heard is that megapixels are
overrated--megapixels that's beyond me. Simplicity is what I
have in mind, as I'm quite forgetful these days--so the less
complicated, the better. I'm grateful in advance for your
recommendations and advice. Please forgive if this question
is all too simple, but I have my glasses on, pen in hand, and
ready to take some notes. Thank you!
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