If I could choose between opening up the photo app on the iPhone or clicking the shutter of a compact point & shoot camera, I would choose the compact point & shoot camera.
I’ve taken hordes of photos with the iPhone. The photo quality is good. The instant gratification is additive. I enjoy swiping through the photo horde when I’m bored.
So, there is really nothing wrong with the iPhone photo app.
Yet, I want a compact point and shoot camera. Like this Nikon W300.
In my experience, it is rather annoying and somewhat difficult to call up the photo app on the phone. And, it’s not too quick, especially when you are driving and a photo opportunity has presented itself in traffic.
Not that I take many photos while in traffic. I actually take none. But I want to. There are some scenes that pass by which would be worthy of a quick photo.
Recently, I followed a rusted truck with a set of ‘balls’ hanging from his trailer hitch. Although the sight was odd and very strange and I wonder why a person would drag a scrotum from a trailer hitch, a photo could solidify the sight for future ridicule.
An available compact point & shoot camera would be the perfect solution. I could grab the camera and point and shoot when a scene appears.
I am a Nikon loyalist but price points are a concern. The Nikon A10 retails for about $90 and the W300 is on the high side at $390. I will probably never use the water proof feature of the W300 but I want a bit more video power than the A10 offers.
Why do I want more video power?
Maybe I’m just in the mood for a new camera. I have a Nikon D600 is a great camera in every capacity. Although it is too heavy at times.
From the Nikon web site the W300 has most of the features the Nikon D600 has, yet it weighs about ten pounds less.
- Waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof and dustproof adventure camera with extra capabilities
- Stunning high resolution photos, 4K Ultra HD videos, Time-lapse videos, Superlapse videos and music montages
- 5x optical zoom NIKKOR lens with telephoto power and Hybrid VR image stabilization
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, eCompass, altimeter, depth gauge and more
I have an interested in time-lapse which the W300 features. And it appears W300 photos will magically appear on the iPhone via bluetooth. So, Nikon photos will become iPhone photos.
Does anyone remember the lyric from Paul Simon’s song, Kodachrome …
They give us those nice bright colors
They give us the greens of summers
Makes you think all the world’s a sunny day
I got a Nikon camera
I love to take a photograph
So mama don’t take my Kodachrome away