You wouldn't believe how many times friends and family ask us what camera they should buy! And in all honesty, I think the right camera is one that you're going to carry with you. For awhile we were seeing people opting for the small entry level DSLR's because they take better pictures and shoot faster. But no one tends to carry these cameras around with them on a daily basis. They are just too big and bulky to throw into your purse or carry around your neck. So while I used to say get the entry level DSLR, I am completely shifting gears on this. So below I'll give you a couple recommendations of cameras and why I love them and why you should love them too! Canon G16
The first camera is the one that I carry around with me. It's the Canon G12. They now have newer versions of this camera that are even better then ours, but after 3 years, this camera still takes great pictures. I'll be recommending the new one, since that is the easiest to get your hands on. Here it is, the Canon G16. It's a 12.1 megapixel camera that shoots 9 frames a second, which comes in handy when you are trying to get a shot of a toddler running around at the beach. In this day and age you don't need a camera that has 30 megapixels, with a 12mpx camera you can print an image larger then an 8x10 and with specialty software you can even print giant canvas's. I love this camera, because you can use it in full manual mode where you can learn about aperture and shutter speed and test out your abilities to be a true artist, or if you just want ease of use, put it in full auto mode and you couldn't be happier with how your images will turn out. This camera, unlike your basic point and shoot camera, takes a picture immediately, no need to wait 3 to 5 seconds, and miss that smile that you really really wanted in the image. This camera also takes great images in low light situations. With the flash offset from the lens, you get almost no red eye. It has a very large 3" LCD screen, or you can look through the viewfinder to take an image(this is my preference). I can't answer all of your questions about this camera, but feel free to ask in the comment section and I'll get you a response. This camera is cheaper then your entry level DSLR and smaller. It's a camera that is light weight, and you'll always want it on you. Go to my favorite place and buy it at B&H Photo from this link. Canon G16 $499
Alright, the next camera I'm going to recommend is a bit more expensive, but will definitely be my next purchase. I am a canon guy at heart, but this camera is so amazing I wouldn't want to pass it up. It's the Fuji x100s. It's a 16megapixel camera that has the style of James Dean and the control of a DSLR. It looks like a retro film camera that your grandfather would've had. This camera does everything that the G16 can do, but the image quality is that of a DSLR. Not to mention the looks.... Did I mention that? There is one downfall that most people may not like about this camera. It has only one focal length, 35mm. What this means, is that you can't zoom into the shot. If you want to get closer to something, it means that you need to physically get closer to it. While you may see this as a downfall, I see this as an opportunity to focus on framing your subjects into the image, paying close attention to what emotion you are really going for. Another positive note about this camera is that there is not a normal shutter like a DSLR. This camera is quiet so no one will know that you are actually taking a picture of them. Especially that sleepy puppy on your couch. The low light capabilities of this camera are phenomenal, you won't even need to use a flash, just push up your ISO and shoot away! Behold the beauty of the Fuji x100s below. Save up your cash and go buy this camera(I will be extremely jealous)! Fuji x100s $1,299
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