I did it.
My poor Kodak Easyshare is 5 years old. On the trip to Grandfather Mountain, it was having real trouble. After a small amount of usage, the camera had to "process" for quite a while after each new shot- causing me to miss some excellent pictures of a black bear.
We went in to Best Buy a week ago to browse cameras. Unfortunately Kodak went bankrupt and isn't making cameras anymore, so I knew I'd have to go with a different brand- not really a problem, since I have owned Nikon film cameras and Canon digital cameras in the past.
I spent an hour browsing the cameras and talking the ear off a sales associate. I don't think he minded, I'm pretty sure I tripped him out. I have that effect on people.
Tim made me go look at the DSLR cameras. I wasn't really planning on purchasing one because of the price difference. Imagine my surprise when I saw that the basic DSLR wasn't much more expensive than a regular point-and-shoot. Tim of course was standing on the sidelines cheering me on to get the DSLR. He's so not helpful when it comes to temptation.
I left the store and spent a few days reading reviews and gathering opinions (and price comparisons) online.
We headed back to Best Buy today and I made a purchase. I actually ended up purchasing the DSLR, a Nikon D3100 with a bonus package- an extra lens, a camera bag and a lens filter. The "extras" ended up putting me over my planned budget by several hundred dollars.
However, I did happen to have $95 in Best Buy gift cards, which helped ease the pain a little.
So, to cut a long story a little shorter- Tim convinced me to spend several hundred dollars over my budget on an awesome camera that I am going to need a college degree to use to the best of it's ability (ok, it's not that bad, but it sure does have a lot of options).
I am, of course, wrestling with guilt over spending a hunk of money on a
"pleasure" item like a camera, especially with all that is going on in
the economy and with my job worries.
At least I will have it for vacation- and Tim's right about one thing, I will use this camera until it dies on me. The Kodak will still be going to the west coast with us- that's right, it's not retired! It still works and will be helpful in situations where I don't want to risk the DSLR.