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  • Ann-
    I love my Canon and that’s all I recommend to people. My DB is in the journalism business and all the prof. photographers he meets are carrying around Canons. And, they are super user-friendly. You can be really professional and adjust all sorts of things to the camera (an easy-to-learn-process) or just be nieve and trust the camera – and the pictures are great.
    Hope this helps!

  • I have a pentax optio s4 (4 megapixels) w/a 512K memory SD card (you can get a 1 Gig card for about $50-$75 now). The best thing about this camera is that it fits inside an altoids box! I carry it everywhere. I am at work now…I will email you a sample pic tonight using that camera. I just finished a couple of buttonhole bags and several warshrags.

  • I want to know too! I want (probably not need) a new camera. I’m keeping an eye on the comments.
    Ann, I’ve been in la-la land getting all my crap together before TNNA. I’m so sorry to hear about your sweet cat, I just caught up.
    I’ll find you in Indy (insert evil laugh here)! I think I may have already found a good bar! Priorities!

  • for point and shoot digital i have a canon s500. I bought it because it was small enough that i would never have an excuse to not have it with me – and the new ones are even smaller! It does a great job at close-ups. The only thing i do not like about it is that the flash is often too strong for the subject.
    I would also recommend checking out dpreview.com. He has some very comprehensive reviews and great general advice about buying a digital camera.

  • Hi! I have a Nikon Coolpix S1 – it’s 5.1 megapixels and is wicked tiny – I love it in that it doesn’t need batteries (you just charge it up every night and are good to go) and literally can fit in any pockets. πŸ™‚

  • Consumer Reports has a full review in their cover story this month…

  • We have a digital Cannon Rebel. I love it to pieces and could give a zillion reasons why, but the SLRs are not cute and tiny (and certainly wouldn’t fit in an Altoids box…how cool does that sound?!). But if you’re not bothered by something that won’t fit in your purse it is THE camera to get.

  • i have a nikon coolpix s4 — it’s lens swings around like the old coolpix 900 series — a feature i really liked a lot in my old coolpix (which sadly died). it’s got a 10x optical zoom and 6mp. my old coolpix had a manual mode which this one does not and that’s a bummer that i didn’t think about until later. but other than that, i realy like this one. it’s not super small but it easily fits in a purse or jacket pocket. i actually prefer it’s larger size.

  • I just bought my fiance a camera as his “groom’s gift” (which I gave him a month early) and he’s in love with it. It’s an 8.1 megapixel camera and on newegg.com, it’s about $80 cheaper than anywhere else. It shoots amazing pics and has a Carl Zeiss lens – it’s also small and easy to use. The menus are actually on the screen.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16830150067
    The 1 gig memory is the same price as the 512 (go figure) – about $47.00. But, you can get it even cheaper online at other dealers.
    I also love my camera, it’s a Casio Exilim, but it’s about 2 years old, so you’d want the newest version – it’s getting great reviews.
    For additional reviews, check out http://www.cnet.com
    Good luck with your search.

  • i also have a casio exilim and love it. it’s small and easy to carry around. fast and has lots of great features. i’m super happy with it.

  • I have a Pentax Optio S5 and I love it. I also have a Nikon D50 which while bulky takes the most kick butt pics ever! The Pentax is small, takes great pics and wonderful macro shots (which are awesome for showing really close ups of yarn and stitches).

  • The kodak cameras eat batteries faster than anything. I can only get about 30 pictures before the thing dies. 25 if I’m using rechargeables.

  • About three weeks ago, after obsessive research, I went into the camera store to buy a Canon and I came out with a Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1, my first digcam.
    I am loving this camera, “the world’s smallest 10x optical zoom digital still camera”. I cannot claim to be an expert, but I sure am having fun. Check it out!
    Aara

  • I have a SONY Cybershot. 7.0 megapixels. way cute and i take it everywhere! my old cybershot that i had for 3+yrs was a 3.2 and MAN OH MAN.. you will see a difference right away!! happy camera shopping

  • I have a Canon SD450 that I take everywhere. It’s tiny, the battery life is great, and there’s a digital macro mode for when you want to get really close up with your knitting. Plus the view screen covers almost the entire back of the camera, so it’s really easy to see exactly what will be in the frame. I’ve become a massive Flickr addict since I got it because this camera makes it so easy to take pictures everywhere I go.

  • Hi there – I carry my Canon Elf around with me everywhere – it’s small, compact and takes amazing photos. I have even sold some of my work take with this camera!
    For big jobs I have the Canon 20D (a digital SLR) but the Canon Rebel will do the job these days. With these cameras you can change the lenses and look really professional – but they are way too large to fit in your purse!
    Either way Canon is my favorite! Good luck! (Oh I have found that by shopping Costco.com or Amazon.com I get the best deals)
    -AL

  • Oh sorry – I meant to include my link http://www.apictureisworth.com/gallery.php – go click on the different gallerys to see the pictures – all take with either the Canon Elf or the Canon 20D!
    πŸ™‚ AL

  • My first digital was a Kodak EasyShare (4 mp variety) and it went everywhere with me. About two years ago I decided I wanted a new camera and got a Sony DSC-F828 and now it goes everywhere with me and the Kodak has been sold. I love my Sony to death, but it isn’t really a “snapshot” taking kind of camera. It’s almost an SLR, but not quite. Lets me do all kinds of manual playing. Depends on what you want to do I guess. Do you want something for artsy-fartsy or something for snapshots?

  • i recently bought a canon A610 from amazon.com — amazon has excellent prices, and they’ll deliver for free, plus you might not be charged sales tax.
    anyhow. the canon is solid, the little screen on the back flips out and around (useful for awkward shots), the pictures are great.
    i basically like to buy what other people are happy with — in my camera shopping i found that the NYTimes has a very helpful Digital Camera Review section — lots of customer comments, official reviewer comments, etc:
    http://tech.nytimes.com/top/news/technology/products/cameras/index.html

  • my brother recently got the new nikon coolpix for his birthday (i forget what the numbers are after it) but it’s pretty darn small and takes great photos. he loves it. i have an older incarnation of that camera that’s begging for replacement but i figure the longer i hold out the better i can get for my college-budget money.

  • I’m about to purchase a Canon SD700 IS. It’s the latest in the Elph series. I made the decision after a lot of time on dpreview.com.

  • I’m going to add my two cents and say that my purchase of a Canon Elph was the best thing I ever did. Plus, it only took me an hour to knit a cute little cozy for it!!

  • I have a Canon SD500
    It’s so small I can carry it in my back pocket, but it pops on and takes a picture so fast (a must when you have kids and puppies) and is a mighty 7.0mp.
    I always recommend Canons.

  • My Daughter and I both carry the Canon SD20 (hers is red and mine blue). It is light and compact and goes everywhere I go. If you would like to see the quality of pictures it takes, email me off line and I’ll send you a link to my daughters trip to Israel (she took some amazing shots)

  • I, along with others, I see…swear by Canon. they make the best cameras!! right now I own a 5.0 megapixels (wow, I know, right? I had 3.2 before too) Canon Powershot A610. It’s about $290. I actualy got mine on sale (a few months back) @ Best Buy here by Hickory Hollow Mall (in Antioch). so there’s a good chance they still might be on sale..or perhaps a different sale. OH, and they were on sale online…but I picked it up in-store (free shipping!).
    you definitely get your bang for the buck with this one. However, if you can afford one (or for some reason need one), I would die to have a Canon Digital Rebel. holy cow.. dream camera. πŸ™‚
    k, hope that helped!! Canon all the way!
    .♥.

  • Warning: Don’t buy whatever you chose from Amazon! I just bought a digital videocam for one daughter and when it got to her it was very obviously a used camera (but not stated as such when I purchased it). It didn’t even have a user’s manual. One disappointed birthday girl and one disappointed mom! The guy did refund my money but still I think it’s an iffy deal there.

  • My Canon Elph (SD400 is my model). Tiny. Fabulous pictures. Great color. Did I mention tiny? It lives in my purse all the time so I always have it with me. That’s right–it’s small enough that I don’t begrudge it the purse-space. (Not even my Palm Pilot made that cut.) It also does great macro photos (oh so important for knitting). I had had a Nikon Coolpix before, which was nice enough for “normal” shots but did a lousy job for “knitting” shots. Canon. Definitely.

  • I have a Nikon Coolpix that I carry around like in my purse as if it were a tea cup poodle. Can I tell you the specs on it? No. But it’s really cute.

  • I will add my voice to the choruses chanting “Canon! Canon!”
    I have the Canon PowerShot A620, 7.1 megapixels. It is a dream of a camera. I concede that it is an investment at MSRP $399 but well worth it. Pictures of your knitting will show every stitch.
    Here is a pretty thorough (and maybe less biased) review of it.
    http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/canon/powershot_a620-review/index.shtml
    I love this camera. It was a Christmas present from my husband and it has been with me nearly every day since. It is lightweight, compact and easy to use (and it also has some more complex functions that are worth investing the time with the book.)
    My only complaint was that the memory card that came with it is small. It only holds about 10 pictures on high resolution. That probably was very easily remedied.
    I also created a knitting pattern for a little felted bag specifically for this camera. (Is that wrong that I am knitting for my camera?)
    I can’t wait to see what you decide!

  • I have a Canon Elph and I LOVE it! It’s pants-pocket-teeny and takes great pix, in spite of being 3 years old and only 3.2 megapixels. I’ve been thinking about an upgrade too, and when it happens, I’ll buy another Elph with more pixels.

  • Megapixels? Do you insert those like the roll film or the cartridge type?
    My hubby takes care of the ram he says I have but I’m not getting any wool from it. Should I be worried? πŸ˜‰

  • For what it’s worth, they’re making some point-n-shoots these days that are make-believe large format film. In camera talk, I just got what would be a 28mm camera, instead of a 35mm. In old-timey camera terms, that would be like having bigger film, which means wider shots. Like, f’xample, if you’re standing on the sidewalk, and you want to get a picture of the building across the street, if ya pointed your old 35mm camera at it, maybe you can’t squeeze the sides of the building in the picture. But if you pointed your 28mm or 22mm camera at it, you could get the whole building in.
    I know you and Kay cook up some monster giant blankets, so maybe it would come in handy.
    Also, for cool factor, Panasonic is making digicams with Leica lenses, which is just kind of nifty, and makes me feel all in-the-know and down-with-the-cool-kids, but might not really matter! Leica is also making digicams, but they were designed by Panasonic. And did you hear that the New York Stock Exchange is trying to buy Euronext? And there’s a merger in the works with Bob Vila and Martha Stewart, where they make homes and home-make together? The price of cotton in Tahiti and the price of tea in China…

  • Ann- Canon Digital Elph S410. Love it, small, compact and great pictures.

  • I’ve got a Canon ixus 50 that’s a year old, there must be a newer model out. It doesn’t do everything but it’s small, light and has a reasonable zoom. I personally don’t like toting lots of heavy things around (prefer to tote lots of things around instead)… so it works for me.
    When you chose a camera, check how it takes photos of colours, bring along a few balls of yarns in brights, darks and soft shades to see how the colours come out. Reds, magenta and navy tend to be difficult to photograph, so you’ll know what you’re getting.
    good luck and happy shopping!

  • Sorry no camera advice. I’m just really bummed because I had hoped to drive three hours to indy to see you guys and now I can’t πŸ™

  • I have a different recommendation for you. I have a photography degree undergrad, and worked as a photo editor in the magazine business for years. I wanted a relatively inexpensive digital camera that would work well in low light situations without needing the flash attachment and had a faster shutter response time (I was sick of missing “the shot” because of the delay in my Cannon–the newer one even with 5 megapixels). Last Christmas I got the Panasonic Lumix FZ5 and it. is. FANTASTIC.
    It has a compensating algorithm that corrects for movement in low light situations so I get photos that glow and are crisply in focus even in tricky situations. Or, if I want to capture some interesting movement, the camera can do that and still have a picture that is well illuminated. The macro setting is amazing. And best of all, it has a rapid shutter response and an easy-to-use burst mechanism that lets me shoot off four photos back to back! Really, I hardly ever miss “the moment” anymore as the camera fires off so quickly!
    The one downside is that it’s a bit bigger, and shaped like a traditional camera (with a lens instead of a flat front on the micro cameras). But there’s a benefit to that…your pictures are much crisper as the camera has weight to counteract the shudder from any process-related movements. The lens is also made by Leica, one of the best lens manufacturers ever.
    Here’s a link to a review.
    http://www.kk.org/cooltools/archives/001055.php

  • Whatever you do, take a bunch of knitting to the camera shop, and try to shoot typical blog photos with it. I forgot to do this in the excitement of getting a new Nikon Coolpix P2 for $199. I love the camera, but it still has that wierd color issue with closeups of knitting – and doesn’t like not using its flash. So give the thing a trial run of doing what you like to do before you invest. The photo on today’s post is a perfct example of what we want them to cope with – beautiful ribbing!

  • I just purchased a Panasonic Lumix DCM-FX01 from B&H Photo in NY (mail order). It’s teeny, easy to use and carry around. It has a Leica lens that goes from 28-102 mm equivalent and it’s a six megapixel. Here’s a detailed review:
    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonicfx01/
    Good luck!

  • Hi Ann, the current (dated 6/27) issue of PC Magazine (yeah, I’m married to a techie) has a guide to digital cameras. It’s a good article. Their reviews praise almost all of the cameras folks have mentioned here, including the Canon Elph for an ultracompact, the Kodak Easy Share for a compact, the Panasonic Lumix for a superzoom, and the SLR I use, the Nikon D50. This was a gift from Mr Tech, surely given in the true spirit of Christmas, and certainly not to avoid being seen with a Luddite and her beloved Canon AV, shooting slide film. I’ve been converted. It’s definitely not pocket sized, but it’s a great camera that supports a lot of different kinds of picture taking (samples on my blog).

  • Just to add another option to the mix, look at the Olympus Stylus 710 and 810 (7 and 8 megapixels respectively). But also keep in mind that more megapixels is really good for big prints, not Web-published photos. You’ll just have to reduce the size of super-high-resolution shots that you want to post for our edification. But newer, faster image processors and whizzy new features are always good.
    When I tried the Stylus 710 a couple of months ago I loved how it felt in my hand, how easy the menus were to navigate, and the quality of pictures it took. And they may get cheaper in a couple of months, I have a feeling.
    I also am now trying out Canon’s S3 IS (not pocketable–it’s a long-zoom advanced model), and I think it might have spoiled me for anything else.

  • My Casio Ex-S600, takes AMAZING pics due to anit-shake technology and 6.0 Megapixels…comes in cool colors, but, MOST IMPORTANTLY, takes up virtually no room in my purse for on the go blogging photos. Check it out…I LOVE IT.

  • When my older Olympus digital died a few years back, I was all ready to replace it with another Olympus. But I went to Circuit City and handled all of the cameras they had on display. I ended up with a Panasonic. I was partly suckered by the Leica lens, but the camera itself just felt more natural in my hands. In addition, the on-screen menus are much more intuitive. With the Olympus, I was always taking suboptimal photos because I couldn’t remember (and couldn’t find in the manual) how to change things like white balance or exposure compensations. With the Panasonic, I don’t have that problem at all, with the result that my photos are better. I’m not giving model numbers, because the Panasonic is already a few years out of date; these days, I could get a much better camera for the same amount of money.

  • Gah! I’m smitten with the beauty of the yarn p0rn.
    It looks like every stitch is a differnt shade.
    I’ll be interest to hear what the blogosphere recommends, because I’d like to purchase a camera soon so that I too can inflict the world with yet-another-knitblog. Can’t do a knitblog with out a camera. Isn’t there a rule somewhere?
    BTW-I’ve been trolling through your archives. Slowly. It’s life condensed and I’m enjoying almost too much.

  • I prefer film.
    But who cares! What is that yarn?
    (I have a Canon Rebel for digital. It was a gift. It usually does what I tell it to. It normally has good color, although I freaked it on a saturated red once. I prefer to have a tripod because of shake, but I think that’s my issue, not the camera’s.)

  • I love my Ixus (Canon). Small, doesn’t ask you to do techy stuff and takes (to a non-pro, although a bit fussy) decent photos. Oh, and I’ve never had to read the manual, always a good sign…. Do I really have to admit I bought it because I bought the very first APthingy (film taking) Ixus because I loved the James-Bondness of the flash whatsit popping up when you switched it on? I just upgraded from film. Shallow? Moi? x x x

  • just bought my daughter a Kodak EasyShare – the newest one, I think it’s the 355; paid about $160 for the camera, nice big viewing screen (1.8″), 5 megapixels, 3X Optical zoom, on screen menus, easy to operate, clear shots, very lightweight, LOVE it.

  • My eyes glazed over somewhere around Mercedes’ comment. I don’t know how you’ll digest all this advice. Let me just say, for what it’s worth, that I think you have a lovely camera. I have a Nikon Coolpix and I think yours is nicer than mine. Whatever you do, just make sure you have that anti-shaky AnnCam feature, which I don’t. We don’t want to see two warshcloths in every photo if there’s only one.

  • I have a Casio Exilim from about 2 years back and love it. Moxie did a spreadsheet comparing all the important features of cameras when we made our decision and that really helped us make the decision. Megapixels are important, but you also might like a big LCD display (which the Exilim has) because you’ll have a decent idea of what it is you’re photographing. If we hadn’t bought the Exilim, we would have gone with the Canon G6, which is an excellent camera, used by photojournalists. I think that whatever version of the Cannon they’re at now is probably also a good choice. Good luck!

  • Love my Nikon Coolpix! I bought it two years ago so no doubt there is a better one out there now. It is over 5 megapixels. I wanted a good lens and portability, ie a cadmium battery (which doesn’t need recharging very often). My old Canon required four AA batteries, which meant too much weight for me to take it everywhere.
    Besides the Coolpix is the picture of adorable-ness.

  • Well, the megapixels won’t matter much for online display since most monitors are only going to show 72 dpi anyway… but if you are printing photos or doing enlargements, I recommend the Nikon Coolpix (I have the 7900). I have a very good friend who works in a pro camera shop, and he suggested this to me for ease of use and quality. It gets 7 megapixels, and shoots video as well. Small, cute, easy to use and understand, and not expensive. Comes with some basic photo software. We’ve been *very* happy for it. Does macro shots as well. Good luck!

  • I bought a Fujifilm A350 “like new” on eBay a few weeks ago. 5.2 megapixels, and it was priced at $70 (retails for about $150). It’s been very sturdy and reliable, takes good pictures, has all the basic functions you’d want, and is small enough to drop into a purse or pants pocket.
    It’s not as light and sexy as some of the other digital cameras… but it’s also not expensive, and the picture quality is pretty good. They also use the XD memory card, which are cheap and plentiful if you want to buy an upgrade.

  • I’m with Carolyn…all I’ve got to say is “huh?”. I love the yarn, what is it?

  • urrrrrrrgggggggghhhhhhhh…….all this info re cameras, pixels…….and I just want to say: GREAT BOOK……..cannot wait to do all the projects……..ok: am into the exquisite nightie…..thinking it would be a great slip…….as I cannot find one that is not nylon…..eck on that!…….and learned to do a crocheted rag rug from an aunt…….great, great, and wonderful rug…….circa 1930……and what a treat!………am anticipating the second book……hope it’s in the works……

  • Canon-Powershot A620 – it isn’t the most compact camera out there, but it takes fantastic photos, and I love the fact that it takes AA batteries – so easy to replace if I happen to run out of “juice” πŸ˜€

  • I second (or third or fourth) the Canon Digital Rebel. It’s hard to take a bad picture with it. You can see some of my photos at http://www.flickr.com/photos/psychobabble/ . All recent pictures are taken with it. I couldn’t be happier.

  • Canon Powershot SD550 – 7.1 Megapixels, accurate colors, huge screen but slim camera. Enough said. πŸ™‚

  • Hi,
    I love my Cannon Power Shot 400. Great color, nice closeups, small enough for my purse, big viewscreen w/ nice quality and even shoots video with audio! The new ones have better Megapixels and are even smaller than mine (… camera envy….). I’ve had quite a few digital camera and you just gotta love Cannon!

  • I’d marry my Nikon D-70 if Congress would only recognize it!

  • I have only one word for you: Canon.
    πŸ™‚

  • I also truly prefer film, especially for printing, but did finally give in to the digital craze for the new nikon coolpix (p1 I think) with 8 megapixels for under $300. It takes great shots and with the 1GB memory stick holds a ton of photos at the highest resolution. Now if I could only learn to knit a sock to photograph!

  • canon!!!

  • My husband, who is an Completely Obsessive gadget geek, LOVES the Elf. He has bought every incarnation of it since it was released. He adores it.

  • Just echoing people’s recommendations: in our house, we all have Canons, a variety of different models. I have had two different Canon Elphs (the first was stolen) and they are wonderful. My kids each have one (teenagers) and use them incessantly. My partner has a regular sized one, an A-something, and it’s great too. Depends on whether or not you like to use small digital devices. I like small motor stuff — hence the knitting, I guess.

  • Sorry–I have no advice about cameras. I would love to know what that yarn is, though??? It is so spectacular!

  • I just bought (two weeks ago) an Olympus [mju] Mini Digital S. It comes in five different colours, is really petite but is weatherproof. Comes with a rchargeable battery pack, has 5million pixels and the software was great, very easy to use.
    It doesn’t have a viewfinder, which was a bit of a shock to me, as it was my first digital camera so I was used to loking through a viewfinder to take a piccie.
    Mine was about Β£170 with a few extras – I don’t know what the US price would be, sorry.

  • Canon makes the easiest no brainer “ooh pretty” cameras. They have nice saturated color (which is terrific for most photos) and nice features. I’d advise getting the sd700 for the anti-vibration stabilization mode, which makes in-focus low light shots a good bit easier.
    If you can lug around a tripod for low light conditions, any Canon should do nicely. Remember, smaller cameras do come with trade offs (not as great in low light is pretty common). Also, check out the “flower mode” (macro mode) for close ups of knitting.
    Nikon also makes a great little camera called the p3. It is a bit less than comparable Canons. Color is more neutral and true to life, though.

  • Also, check out the “White Balance” mode in the manual. Some cameras (like my little Nikon P3) don’t white balance the best in “auto” mode (the easiest point and shoot mode), but with a slight bit of tweaking, tunes color, exposure, f-stop, and saturation nicely.
    White balance is resetting what the camera thinks is white closer to what you see as white. Very handy in actually getting the right color under indoor lighting.

  • My husband is a professional newspaper photographer who uses a Nikon at work, BUT he got me a Panasonic Lumix for my birthday and I’ve been very happy with it. (You can look at my blog, though I haven’t tried any of its features yet – haven’t even taken it off stupid mode!) It’s teeny! not much bigger than a deck of cards. He also recommends dpreview.com for info. Good luck!

  • I’m about to buy too, and have done ton’s of research and decided on the Canon Powershot A620. It is reputed to be excellent …. and the price at Amazon keeps going down. Check the reviews, as Kristi said, I think you might like this one.

  • As at least one other person has pointed out, the Consumer Reports cover story for July is about Digital Cameras. How to pick, ratings, features available on different models, and so on. Definitely read that. Also seconded is dpreview.com – lots of great information about digital cameras there.
    And last but not least, I love Canon cameras. My last film camera was a Canon Elph. My current camera is the Canon PowerShot S500 (which is old, so you’ll find a newer model). My boyfriend has a Canon Rebel, which is a digital SLR camera. I’ll also toss in there that at first glance through the CR article, their highest rated subcompact? Canon PowerShot SD500 – basically, the current incarnation of what I’ve got. All thumbs up from this corner! πŸ™‚

  • there was a great article in yesterday’s NYTimes about digital cameras: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/06/07/technology/circuits/07pogue.html
    hope it helps!

  • You need to figure out what is most important to you…. ease of use, small, interchangeable lenses. Everyone is different. Both Canon and Nikon have very easy to use easy to carry around models with great pixel strength. However, the quality of shot isn’t as great as some of the larger photos, but if you just need it to post to the internet.. they are great. cnet.com is a great place to read reviews on all the latest cameras and to read ordinary people’s reviews. It also gives pricing at different locations. I have bought quite a few cameras from butterflyphoto.com and had very good results. I will see you tomorrow in Indy…!

  • According to my friend Doug Dreyer, professional photographer whose photos have appeared in the New York Times and soon Guideposts, advises buying the Nikon D50. It is pretty pricy but he says it is worth it. It’s over $600. But isn’t the Anncam worth it? You are recording history after all.

  • Tell your husband that 3.2 megapixels is perfectly acceptable if your main purpose is taking pictures of yarn for the site and general photography. You can print an 8×10 picture from that. And as a photographer wannabe, it isn’t about the megapixels really in the end – it is about the quality of the lens and the clarity of the pictures that come out. THAT is what matters.
    And I say this as someone that carries around a $1400 dSLR with things like aperture and shutter settings and all that. I love my fancypants camera. Then again, my goal is to shoot pro someday, so it is what I need. For taking blog photos of yarn, I have been known to grab my old 1.6 megapixel camera from time to time.
    Take the money you have saved and buy more yarn.

  • Oops – I left off the last part. Canon, Canon, Canon. I’ve owned 3 so far, and love them all. I only upgraded to get more fancypant controls.

  • I love my little 2 megapixel Canon Digital Elph.

  • I’m late coming to this party, but I’ve been very happy with my Canon PowerShot SD600 Digital Elph. Lots of nice special feature modes, but good automatic point and shoot and macro modes as well.