A New (Cam)Era Begins

My new camera arrived today!! It was supposed to be another two weeks until it shipped!

For those of you in suspense, which is maybe one person, I bought the Sony W200. I decided that if I am going to have this camera for at least five years (like my last one), I should get a really good one. Not only that, but I also got a great deal on it by buying through Dell. First rule of shopping: never pay full price. As for the Canon SD850, I didn’t really like it when I saw it at Best Buy. It’s not as small or as shiny as the Sony W200 (I like shiny things – I’m like a cat). It’s also not as Sony (brand loyalty strikes again).

Unfortunately, the battery that the camera comes with wasn’t charged, so I have to wait FIVE AND A HALF HOURS for it to fully charge. That’s just crazy. I’m all excited to play with my new toy (though I’m still riding the high from my last new toy – my mini coffee maker), and I have to wait for the battery to charge! Oh well, c’est la vie. It’s not like I have anything in particular of which I want to take a picture. Yet.

My old camera only had a 256MB Memory Stick, but my new Memory Stick PRO Duo for my Sony W200 is going to be 4GB! I was going to go with a 2GB one, but there was a really good deal on Amazon, so I upgraded. It should be arriving any day now!

Since I (finally) have a new camera, it seems fitting to celebrate the life and times of my previous camera, the trusty Sony P7. With just a 256MB Memory Stick, I have taken over 9000 pictures with it since receiving it as a surprise Christmas gift from my parents in 2002. I really wanted a camera that year (I had never had a digital camera before then). After all the festivities of Christmas were over, my parents took me aside and gave it to me. I don’t think it was wrapped, but I was completely shocked and overjoyed. There’s a picture of me holding the box with one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever made.

My Sony P7 has been to six states in the US (I’ve only ever been to nine or so), one province in Canada, and even to Taiwan. It has been with me through my last two years of college and all three years of graduate school. It’s been reliable until the very end. It will be very hard for my new digital camera to live up to such a legacy.

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