The time had come for me to purchase a new point and shoot camera. For the past few years I’ve been using a Canon PowerShot A1000 IS. It’s been a faithful little camera that has been to concerts, brewpubs, beaches, and even made the voyage to Europe and back twice. Yet despite its plucky nature, the time had come for an upgrade. With the recent release of 16 mega-pixel compacts, the previous generation of 14 mega-pixel cameras have gone on sale. I was able to get a brand new Nikon Coolpix S4100 14 mega-pixel camera for just $89.99. That’s a heck of a deal for a great piece of equipment. Throw in an 8GB class 6 memory card and for a nudge over $100 you’ve got a lot of camera for occasions where a larger SLR just isn’t practical.
In addition to the 14MP sensor, the camera can also shoot video at 720P. It has a touch-screen interface on the back that you can use to navigate the menus. The screen isn’t super-responsive (especially if like me you’ve been spoiled with the ultra-responsive iPad screen) but it’s more than adequate to change a few settings on the fly or delete unwanted shots. It weighs less than a small wallet and slips easily into a small pocket. Perfect for the times when waiting for a phone camera to finally focus and shoot just doesn’t cut it.