After thinking and thinking and thinking… My decision is now official: I will buy a Nikon Coolpix P100.
At first, I was continuously dreaming a video camera. But in the price range of 800$-850$ I could only find crap ones. Even at that price range, they are still camcorders(small ones). The main advantage is that they have a different type of sensor that doesn’t produce the wobble when you move them fast. So then I start changing my mind… I saw there are a lot of new cameras supporting 720p or even 1080p filming, the main disadvantage here is that most of them shoot at 24fps and some of them have disastrous jelly-like filming when you move them. At first I said: alrighty, I’ll save some money for a Nikon DSLR. D5000 will be my choice. Then another day I thought for a couple more bucks I can get the D90 which has superior image quality. But after thinking and thinking and thinking…
I realised I couldn’t save that much until at least next year. DSLRs cost much because they have that functionality: you can change the lenses(or objectives or how do you tell them in english). But they are fucking expensive. And I aspire to be a semi-pro photographer, but I’m not yet. I even don’t have a pocket camera, my whole experience is based on reading and using for a short period of time other people’s cameras! So the natural way to go was to search for compact cameras that are almost DSLR-like. People call these “bridge” cameras, because it’s an intermediate class between the two.
And I found Nikon Coolpix P100. Just watch the video review. For me, it was instant love… Yes, I am aware how many disadvantages it has. But damn, it shoots 1080p at 30fps with stereo sound! And it can go as far as 240fps at smaller resolutions without sound. That just kicks ass. And it’s half-price of the D90. And boy I will love that awesome 26x optical zoom and awesome macro photography. Combined with a tripod to reduce that wobble, this will just KICK ASS. I hope I can buy it before the summer ends. Wish me luck!