This week has been a hot one. Our little apartment on the third floor gets hot rather fast and I find myself breaking down and turning the air conditioner on. My patience runs really thin when I am hot and uncomfortable so I've found for a happy mommy its better to have the air on than sweat it out.
This week I am grateful for my ward family. We really love the church members that we get to associate with and they truly have become our surrogate family. I love that as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints we all have the same foundation of what we believe and our goals in life and beyond. It makes making new friends easy and I love getting to know new people. The mommy friends are particularly wonderful. We have been busily active with our friends this past week and has been wonderful for the boys and myself.
Josh has been taking the bus really early in the morning (5:30 am) and I have suddenly had access to the car on a regular basis. This has enabled us to participate in the free activities around town with our friends. Monday there is free pizza lunch at the elementary, Tuesday is free movies at the movie theater, Wednesday is parkdays with the ward, and Thursday is library time (though we haven't made it to that one yet and I'm not sure it's going to happen today. We'll see). Then on Saturday I get to go garage saleing with my friends too (sometimes without the kids even!)
So I think I have convinced myself I really want a new camera. I've been studying all the reviews and trying to find the perfect model for all my needs. Any suggestions or help to offer? I would like to stay in the $200 range which means a point and shoot camera (someday I want to make the jump to DSLR). I'm looking for a good zoom (5-10x), comfortable size, image stabilization, face recognition, short flash delay, preferably SD card, easily accessible and maneuverable menus, and good movie capabilities. Is that too much to ask in one package?
I'm looking at the Panasonic TZ4 but there are a few (just a couple) mixed reviews that I have found that make it hard for me to commit (which isn't that hard of a thing to do. I'm far from a decisive person on stuff like this). But the camera has an amazing 10x zoom in a larger but still compact camera. I've played with the TZ5, a big sister model to the TZ4, and liked it in store but I'm afraid that opinion will change when I get it home and try it out on my bouncing of the wall boys.
So at the end of all this rambling I pose a question:
What camera do you use? Would you recommend it? Pros and Cons?
I'd love to know!