digital camera

Vintage Kodak camera

Camera conundrum

Later this summer, Tim and I are going to Japan to visit my cousin Becky and her husband, Andrew. We’re both really excited. Tokyo sounds amazing, but even more than that, I really miss Becky. She’s been in Japan for years now and we’re both sporadic about emailing. (She’s better about it than I am-I’m not going to lie.) Anyway, our trip is just a few months away, which means I need to get serious about buying luggage and the other things we need to take with us.

Like a new camera. You may have noticed that the photos on this blog aren’t always great. That’s because they’re all iPhone photos. Which isn’t necessarily bad, but — it’s a phone that takes pictures as a bonus feature. I want a camera designed with photography as its sole function. I actually started college with the intent of becoming a photojournalist. That didn’t happen. My freshman year I had a lousy photography instructor who hated me and it really put me off photography for a long time.

When Tim and I first met, we had a few dates focused on photography. He bought me my first digital camera, a Nikon Coolpix that I loved right up until I tripped over our black cat and dropped it onto the slate floor of our screen porch. Naturally, Tim has decided that my next camera should be shock-proof. I started researching the Olympus TG-610 Tough and discovered that while it may be tough, many users complained of poor focus, lousy color in indoor photos, weak battery life and slow recycle time. Not for me.

So I turned to Nikon. I’ve always loved Nikons. My dad shot with a Nikon. My high school graduation present was a Nikon. My first digital camera was a Nikon because Tim respects my brand loyalty there.

And Nikon does indeed make a waterproof, shockproof camera, which seems to have everything I want (and indeed, a few things I clearly don’t need, like a GPS).  But they also make this:

Nikon Coolpix L120

Nikon Coolpix L120.

Which just looks cooler. It’s red and sparkly and more classically camera-looking than the waterproof, shockproof Coolpix AW100. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to get the one I can drop safely. But I still wish they just made a shockproof model that looks like this. Because lame as it sounds, I want my camera to look pretty, too. Why don’t they make retro-looking digital cameras? You know, something along these lines:

Vintage Kodak camera

My grandmother’s camera.

I don’t see it happening any time soon, so I’ll settle for the sturdy, functional, yet unattractive modern version.

Sigh. I better love the photos.