The camera that went to Disneyland: G11

After the previous post, I received various comments from everyone on the blog and on Facebook.  I considered everything, and decided to take the G11 (point-and-shoot) to Disneyland with us for the following reasons:

1. It’s lightweight.

2. We’ll be outside in the California sun for the better part, so the fact that the G11 is not so great for low light conditions will not be detrimental.

I mentally had to prepare myself for the lower quality pictures, and knowing there are certain shots I won’t be able to do with the G11.  While we were on our trip, there were definitely moments I wish I had the 7D with me.  I had to tell myself I was there to have a good time with my family, not to be a photographer.  However, I must say, for the most part, I was so glad it was the G11 I took.  We did about 8 hours per day in Disneyland, and I was carrying Savanna in a baby carrier and a diaper bag the entire time.  That’s about 15 lbs of baby and gear for 8 hours a day.  If I had to also carry the 7D, I probably would have hung myself by the camera strap.

I’m not all that excited about our trip pictures in the photographic sense.  But I am glad I got to enjoy the experience of seeing my son’s eyes light up at the sight of Lightning McQueen and Mater in Cars Land.

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Which camera would you take?

We’re going on a family vacation for a week, and I have a choice to make.  Which camera do I bring with me?

I know, such a first world problem eh?

Most of my pictures are taken with my Canon 7D, paired with the 24-70mm lens.  I love the combination for many reasons, except for one issue–it is as heavy as a pig.  On this upcoming trip, I am mostly going to be hauling Savanna in a baby carrier with me, so carrying a heavy camera is not the best option.

I used the trip as an excuse and bought a Canon G11 (any excuse is a good excuse for a new camera, right?).  It has all the manual settings I would normally use, but it is a point-and-shoot camera in a very light package.  I do like the camera, but of course I can’t compare it to the 7D and the L lens.

I am very torn.  I love the 7D, but it’s heavy.  I also like the G11, but the quality of picture is not the same as the 7D.

Here is a comparison.  Both pictures are taken at F2.8, ISO 3200, and 1/125.

Picture taken with the 7D (DSLR).

Picture taken with the 7D (DSLR).

Picture taken with the G11 (point-and-shoot).

Picture taken with the G11 (point-and-shoot).

The picture taken with the 7D is visibly cleaner, with much less noise, and better color range.  The G11 is fine as it is a low light condition, but it is very grainy.

What would you do?  Which camera would you take on the trip?

My baby’s camera


I wanted to buy Joshua a camera so he can record the things around him that interests him (and maybe stop playing with mine).  After doing some on-line research, I found this Fisher Price one that might work for him.  After taking it out of the package, Joshua immediate took to it, and he already knew the the basic idea of pointing and clicking.

We took him to the aquarium this morning, and brought his camera along.  He announced that he wanted to take pictures, and snapped a bunch of photos.  He doesn’t get the concept of stabilizing the camera yet, so a lot of pictures are blurry.  But there are  a few shots where you can almost tell what the subject is.  It made me very proud that he was using his camera.

The jellyfish:

A fish that swam close to him:


Mommy and daddy: