Monday, January 30, 2012

My New Camera

My birthday was on the 21st... the big 3 0.  I am quite okay with being 30.  After all, I am married, I have 4 kids, my husband is done with school, we have a house...  yeah 30 sounds just about right.

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.

Obviously, I didn't take this picture and I am pretty sure with both have food in our mouth, but I rarely get a picture with my Emma girl.  SO I just had to share it.

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.  :)


  1. Happy Birthday Laura! Those are great pictures. Lucky you. I'm way past needing a new camera, but even with, my pics would never look so good. I have no idea about taking photos but to point and shot. Love the pic with you and Emma. She's adorable and your eyes really eyes and ya'll look so much alike.

    Hugs...Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

  2. I just turned an unflattering shade of green....haaaa!
    Happy Birthday! I had my fourth baby when I was 30 too.....a wonderful place to be....enjoy!

  3. Happy birthday!

    I'm sold on your camera. I want it. now.

  4. LOVE the photos, especially you and Emma - what two beautiful girls! Such a great gift; you'll have a lot of fun with that.