A well-made camera that can make great pictures and only costs $10 sounds too good to be true, right? Here's why you need to add a point and shoot to your camera bag.
For many of us, the perfect camera is one that we can carry around with ease and don't worry about breaking or losing. With most modern smartphones or cameras costing hundreds if not thousands of dollars, there is the possibility that you don't always have a camera at hand when the perfect picture opportunity comes around. Enter the Canon SD1000 that was bought by photographer Gable Kimbrough for a whopping $3. While this camera from 2007 may only have 7.1 megapixels, the pictures that can be made from it still pack a punch.
In his latest video, Jonathan Paragas of KingJvpes experiments with these point-and-shoot cameras and shows the results as well as the limitations of using a camera that was first sold over 16 years ago. The video starts with both photographers taking pictures with the camera and talking about their reasons for loving such old technology. It's obvious to see how fun these cameras are, and at such a low price point, you'd never have to worry about losing them. While these types of camera don't come with a high megapixel count, the guys dismiss this issue as not being important, and I couldn't agree more. These cameras can still make impressive pictures and are worthy of a place in your camera bag.
The video is jam-packed with examples taken from these point-and-shoot cameras and illustrates well what you can expect from using one. To me, the results look film-like, especially when you shoot with the on-camera flash provided. If you like the look of the Canon SD1000 but are struggling to find one, there are several similar cameras out there if you do a little research into cameras of the era. Just be sure to check that you can still get replacement batteries for these older bodies, as the originals may not hold much of a charge after being around for well over a decade. These cameras are not going to replace anything you already own. They will, however, help you to see the world a little differently and allow you to make pictures you may not be able to with your more modern gear.
What do you think of these older cameras making a resurgence? Would you consider adding one to your camera bag? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below.