So I bought a new camera.
I'm super impressed with it, to be honest. For a $189 camera, which happens to be a very recent version of my old model, mind you (which was a $300 camera when I bought it 11 years ago!) it is a steal!! It is a Fujifilm Finepix S6800 in white. For some reason, the red and black versions were an extra $50, and honestly, I find the white rather pretty, and it's something different. My old one was a Finepix S3100. The old camera's stats: 4 megapixels, 6x optical zoom (which was high at the time!), several basic focus modes, and could, at highest resolution, produce an image suitable for a 20x30" photographic print. It really was a great camera. It was silver, with a plastic housing, and had a changeable barrel for the lens, which allowed for the use of various lens filters.
The S6800 is very similarly designed, and similarly shaped. Both have pop-up flashes, and the new one also has an all-plastic housing, however it does feel much more sturdy than the old. It boasts 16 megapixels and a 30x optical zoom!!! This point alone thrilled me! It also does well in low-light shooting (you can also user-select your shutter speed!), it has an action feature that will take up to 8 frames per second during an action shot, so you don't miss that perfect shot because you were a hair too early or late, and it also has a really handy option that takes pictures twice quickly: one with and one without flash, so you can see what works best with the current lighting. It also takes full high-def video with stereo audio. The old camera was capable of regular definition video, with no audio, so it's a big difference for me.
My only complaint is that the camera is a tiny bit too smart. If you forget to take the lens cap off and turn it on, it requires you to turn it off, remove the lens cap, and turn it back on. Not sure why, but for someone who often forgets the lens cap, it can be annoying. Honestly though, so far, that's the only negative I've found about it. It stores images very quickly to a standard SD card, and takes absolutely beautiful images. The orchids above are in my living room, and the picture was actually taken just a few hours ago, without the flash. That image was taken from across the room using the zoom function, so you can see just how well it works!
Moving on from the review of such a nice camera, I'm looking forward to the weekend. I have a new cake and frosting recipe I will be trying, and I'm hoping that it comes out nicely. If it does, I will most definitely be posting it here. If not, I'm sure I'll post about the failure as well. Bwaha. It's always fun to read about the failures just as it is the successes, of course!
Beyond that, it's getting late, and work will be beckoning far too early in the morning for my tastes, so I must bid everyone farewell, and goodnight! Enjoy!