So, I’m considering getting a new camera, in my tireless search for better dog pictures for YOU, THE READER! The iPhone camera has a lot of shortcomings, not the least of which is that it sucks. (In fairness, its main sucking point is low-light, or medium-low-light with rapidly moving targets… I guess it’s not the iPhone’s fault that dogs move around a lot.)
The camera I’m looking at is the Fujifilm FinePix F300exr. From what I can see, it has pretty good low-light performance (not the best, but in the top 1/4), plus a really versatile lens (that is potentially long enough for me to take sea otter pictures with, but is also perfectly good for everyday dog pictures) whose quality is, again, if not the best, then certainly in the top 1/4. (And a high enough resolution to crop out the outer 1/8 or so of the image and still have plenty to work with, which means that the worst problems with the lens (softness in the corners) aren’t too big an issue.) This combination (really long lens, decent quality lens, decent low-light performance) seems essentially unique to this camera.
I know I don’t have a whole lot of regular readers, but there are a few of you: does anyone have any experience with this camera? If so, how easy is it to use? How fast does it start up when you pull it out of your pocket? Is it reasonably well-built? I.e., if I drop it after an overly enthusiastic greeting from a Shetland-pony-sized dog, how likely is it to still be in one piece when I retrieve it?
Anyway, a French bulldog for y’all. Got a picture of this guy/gal at our Cloudmark company picnic. If I knew who belonged to him/her, I’d get a name and some details, but I’m afraid that if I ever found that out, I’ve forgotten by now.
Edit: Apparently it’s Enzo, the dog of Doug! Thanks, Danielle.