Anyway, among other wonderful gifts, I got a new camera. YAY! I am still learning how to use it, but I have to say I think it is pretty awesome. It is the Sony NEX-3.
What I love about it? Well it is smaller that a traditional DSLR camera, but still has interchangeable lenses, a full manual mode, and it is 14.2 mega pixels. (I haven't used gone manual mode since my film camera back in college so it will take me a bit to remember how to use it.) And it has awesome features when it is on automatic. My favorite so far are that I can just turn it on and press one button and it will automatically blur the background for me. Awesome. And it has 50% larger image sensor so it produces better image quality and works well in low light. Like the low light at the Utah Natural History Museum. Seriously. Check out these pictures. I mean, I know they aren't award winning photographs, but never could have taken these pictures without a flash or a tripod with my old camera.
Emma had a field trip to the museum last week.
I was glad I got to go with her. These pictures were taken on the automatic mode since I had only had the camera for a few days and I was chasing after a group of second graders. And they were all hand held and with no flash. LOVE IT! Like where did it even find light on Emma's paper? It was dark in that part of the museum.
Oh and one more super awesome thing my new camera does... it has automatic smile detecting. So you set it on smile detecting and then when it detects a smile it takes the picture. No need to press the button. It will just keep taking pictures as long as it sees a smile. And it really works. I spent quite a bit of time playing with it. You can even set it to what kind of smile you want. No more missing the smile. :)