Friday, May 6, 2011


If you know me, you'll probably know that I am generally a money-saver.  I stockpile my cash and, as such, am very cheap in almost every situation.  Sometimes, though, I get a weird idea into my head and fixate on buying a thing for almost no reason.  Some notable examples from recent years are a paper cutter, a library-style date stamp, a blender, a smartphone, and a laptop.  There have been others, but those are the most random or expensive, in that order.  Now, you can argue that there was a legitimate reason for purchasing many of these things, but the fact remains that each and every one of them drove me into a manic state of need for about a week.  A week which ultimately ended in me breaking down and buying a thing I didn't really need.

This time it is a camera.  It started last Sunday when I spent my entire day watching vlogs on youtube.  Chris was working and it was raining (well, it was cloudy - but I was afraid it would rain so I didn't want to start gardening), so I had nothing better to do.  Don't judge me!  As I watched, I became more and more obsessed with the idea of having my own vlog.  No problem, I though.  I'll just use the video camera feature on my digital camera.  Or one of the two video cameras on my phone.  Okay.  Good.

But of course, there were problems with this plan.  If you watched my greenhouse haul video, you saw that the audio-video sync isn't very good on my digital camera.  So that is probably not a viable option.  Then, on Monday I tried to take video of myself making dinner on my main cell phone camera.  I didn't have much luck.  It was too hard to get good shots of myself, since the viewfinder screen was facing away from me.  I tried the camera on the front of my cell phone camera, but that had really crappy quality.  So I went online to see what the professionals suggest.  Oh, of course, a camera with a flip-put lcd screen.  I immediately began to feel the overwhelming need that precedes an impulse buy.

I mentioned my growing desire to buy a video camera to Chris and instead of trying to talk me out of it, he actually tried to convince me to spend MORE MONEY.  Why buy a dedicated video camera for $200 when you can just buy a really good regular digital camera with HD video capabilities and a flip-out view screen?  He pointed out that it would probably be cheaper in the long run to buy a high-quality digital camera anyway, since I spend about $200 on lower-quality cameras every two years or so.  Ugggh.  So not helpful.  But I did some more research online and it looks like a lot of people agree with him.  And so does my co-worker, who does a bit of photography on the side.

So now I have this burning desire to run out and buy a really expensive camera for relatively no reason.  I am torn between the Canon G12 and the Canon SX30is.  I don't know what to do.  Hopefully I can fight through this and not spend $500 on a camera I don't need, but I don't know if that's very likely...


  1. for that type of money you should be getting a digital SLR! those are not...
    eventually you can get more lenses and have a much more versatile camera. get this one, I hand picked it for your needs after much research :)
    our best but has it for $579.99

    it's not *too* much more than the others you were looking at it and it is WAY better, trust me I know :)