After I got home from Paris, where I carried my camera (my full frame Canon 6d with my 50mm lens) absolutely everywhere as I do on vacation, I remembered how much I love photography. I have a degree in it, after all, but it’s nice to be reminded by constant use how genuinely happy it makes me. But when I’m not in Paris, or on vacation, I tend not to even touch my camera. It sits on my desk unless I have a blog project or I feel like giving Fitz a glamour photoshoot. And that’s sad. I love my 6d! It’s kind of the Goldilocks of full frame DSLRs: not too big, not too heavy, not too expensive (it’s come way down in price since I bought it!). But in terms of portability, it is still a commitment to carry around with me. If I want to head to a café with my laptop and write for a few hours, I am not going to also schlep my camera. If I have to carry groceries home from Trader Joe’s, I know I’m not going to feel like stopping and photographing anything.
For years before I got my first DSLR, I relied on Canon PowerShots. My dad would buy one, upgrade, and then give me his older one. I love Canons. The old DigitalElphs were workhorses, and I loved their compactness; my dad could slip his in his shirt pocket and forget it was even there. I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me sooner to go back to roots, so to speak.
So after about a week of research, scouring review sites and trolling through Flickr’s Camera Explorer page (the neatest resource!) I bought a new toy! I went with the Canon G9X, a 20mp compact p&s with a 1 in sensor. The only thing it doesn’t have is a viewfinder, which has bothered me less so far than I thought it would. It shoots raw, but has pretty incredible jpgs straight out of the camera. It isn’t going to fully replace my beloved 6d, and I can’t see myself going on vacation or somewhere really important and not bringing my big camera, relying solely on this little point and shoot. But it has already changed the way I shoot around my own city and day-to-day life in a major way: I actually carry it around with me. It’s so light and small I can tuck it in a small zip pouch and bring it everywhere I go, without having to choose a purse with enough interior room to accommodate my hulking DSLR. It’s also much more discreet, due to its size, and I don’t feel too self-conscious taking photos of my latte now. Priorities.
Here are just a few photos from my everyday so far with my new baby.