Somehow, I always end up fielding questions from all my friends when it comes to which gadgets they should buy. Too bad I can’t make a career out of it. The idiot receptionist, Kelly, has been asking me lately aboutcameras. She’s going on vacation to Paris and staying the in George V (I know, she needs to die) and wants a good digital camera to capture herself posing on the Champs-Elysees. She wants a really expensive one like the Canon Digital Rebel XT or the Nikon D200 because someone told her they’re the best–and they are–but not for what she wants to do. Those cameras, with 8.2 and 10.9 megapixels, respectively, and the ability to capture between 3 and 5 frames per second (I’m drooling) are for professionals. People who know how to take pictures, make money off of pictures, or (like me) are just really passionate about their photography. It does not make sense for someone who just wants to take some over exposed, backlit photos of the Moulin Rouge to invest in a camera like this. She’s better off getting a more compact camera, one that’s easier for a traveller to carry. An even smaller one for someone who carries her camera in a tiny purse. However, I still think one should go for the higher pixel count–even average photographers can appreciate good resolution, and when you’re capturing once-in-a-lifetime memories, the pictures should be crystal clear. That’s why I told Kelly to go for the Sony Cybershot. 8.1 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, and compact enough to fit into a purse, it’s the best camera for a trip to Paris, or a weekend in Atlantic City, a friend’s birthday party….
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