Michelle Smiles

Teaching my children to question authority, except mine.

Haagen Dazs Friday


I have another certificate for a free pint of Haagen Dazs ice cream (or package of ice cream bars). It is a gorgeous 86 degrees here in Nashville today – perfect for a little ice cream.

To enter, tell me what 1 feature (or more if you have more) you look for in a point and shoot camera. Tessa managed to get her fingers around the strap of ours and fling it to the ceramic tile floor. It still takes photos but the LCD screen doesn’t work (there is no view finder) and you can’t change the settings because it has had touch screen menus and controls. I did take these with it (and the stupid front door post was a result of my testing my theory that the camera would work as long as I took a bunch of photos since I was doing so blindly).


Sabrina has developed this weird pirate smile whenever I turn the camera on her. She scrunches up one side of her face and I expect her to say “Argh!”


I drool over SLR cameras and some day will have one…but for now, I just need another point and shoot that I can throw in my pocket. I really loved our Sony Cybershot (may it rest in peace). Tell me a feature you love or wish your camera had for a chance to win the ice cream certificate. I will close comments at noon central time on Monday April 27th. And draw a winner later that day.

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28 Comments to

“Haagen Dazs Friday”

  1. On April 24th, 2009 at 1:32 pm Ashley Says:

    I’d look for a camera that has the shortest delay. My issue with P&S cameras is the darn delay.

  2. On April 24th, 2009 at 1:33 pm Ashley Says:

    P.S – I’m not sure what your budget is for a new camera, but newegg.com has a nikon d40x body for $269, and a standard 18-55 lens is roughly $129 from b&h.

  3. On April 24th, 2009 at 2:02 pm Jessica Says:

    In my next camera, I must have a shortshortshort delay and image stability. I’m sick and tired of missing the good shots of my kids, and blurry pictures when I do get then in a good pose.

  4. On April 24th, 2009 at 2:28 pm Laura Williams Says:

    It’s all about the short delay…. but since everybody else has said that, I will add a rechargeable lithium ion battery with a nice long life.

    And the Nikon Ashley posted about was actually a Consumer Reports Best Buy a year or two ago. It seems like it is a great starter SLR (even with the low mp, because it has a great sensor, you won’t miss the extra mps unless you heavily crop or print poster size).

  5. On April 24th, 2009 at 2:50 pm Amy from JM Says:

    Definite short delay, but I also love that our Coolpix has a rechargeable battery. I also love that my little camera can take videos also. It is great when we are out and about and we something neat but don’t have our video camera along!

  6. On April 24th, 2009 at 2:54 pm Angie Says:

    I would like a camera with a short delay too. I need to start saving for a nice one.

    Also – those two pictures of Sabrina are the cutest!!! I love her new smile!!!!

  7. On April 24th, 2009 at 3:32 pm Krystal Says:

    I would love to have a really high optical zoom. . . too bad I can’t afford it right now!

  8. On April 24th, 2009 at 3:56 pm Rachael Says:

    I have the canon power shot and I used to think I loved it until I got my SLR. But, for a point and shoot, it is still pretty decent. Quick capture, low blur. I still have probs. with red eye. Wish I could find a point and shoot that took care of that!

  9. On April 24th, 2009 at 5:36 pm Julie P Says:

    We love our Cannon Power shot – its small so it fits in a pocket or easily in a bag. Takes pictures fairly quickly one after each other – no long delay like our big Cannon one has. I see pp said its a long delay but IMHO the newer models are pretty quick. Esp without the flash.

  10. On April 24th, 2009 at 7:32 pm Debra Says:

    I am looking at purchasing the Sony since they have the smile detection feature. I hate my very slow Kodak C763 with only 3x zoom. But anxious to read what others say since the delay will kill a good picture any day.

    Had to buy the HD Brown Sugar. Its good for 2 spoonfuls and then I am done.

  11. On April 24th, 2009 at 11:11 pm Laura Says:

    What’s already been said (time delay, battery life, size) and price! I want good stuff but cheap 🙂

  12. On April 25th, 2009 at 2:46 pm Melissa K. Says:

    something that fits easily into the purse or diaper bag, short delay, and EASE OF USE! 🙂

  13. On April 25th, 2009 at 3:44 pm Jen Says:

    I’d say that my #1 thing is a short delay. I really like the Canon Powershot SD1100 IS. I have been really pleased with the smiles I have been able to capture!

  14. On April 25th, 2009 at 6:22 pm Alleen Says:

    Hmmm, that’s a great price for the Nikon D40. That’s what I have now and I’d never live with the delay of an non-SLR again. So, like everyone else, the shortest delay possible is what I would look for.

  15. On April 25th, 2009 at 7:01 pm Roslyn Says:

    Continuous shooting…also the lens choice makes a huge difference, I like one with a wide range, so I don’t have to switch…I have the CANON Digital XSI

  16. On April 25th, 2009 at 7:03 pm Gibb Says:

    My favorite feature in a camera is that it takes pictures! Okay, seriously, I’m not good at the details so I just pick one. Good luck with your decision.

  17. On April 25th, 2009 at 8:17 pm Ashley J Says:

    If you have to bite the bullet and get a new one… go with SLR. I LOVE MINE… no delay. The only thing I still use my P and S for is the small clip videos. If I did not have my SLR I would never get a shot of 4 kids at once!

  18. On April 26th, 2009 at 6:04 am martha Says:

    I am teetering on this decision as well. I am drooling over the SLR’s because I am so fed up with the delays. I think I have to take 10 shots to get one worthy one, specially of moving kids!

    Jamie is doing the same thing when I point the camera at her, but her posed smile has scrunched eyes. Can’t see her beautiful baby blues that way!

  19. On April 26th, 2009 at 6:35 am Lisa Says:

    I have a Canon S5IS and I love it. It’s bigger than a normal point & shoot but a few of the features make it well worth the money. I love the timer on my camera and the rotating screen. With not having family around it makes it possible for us to have family pictures with ALL of us in them. Also has a pretty long battery life……at least compared to the powershot A540 that I had before this. I also love the neck strap. I can’t tell you how many cameras I have broken before this one. Now I just walk around wearing it and snap pictures. I also love that I can mess with the setting and also shoot in manual mode.

  20. On April 26th, 2009 at 2:14 pm Jody W. Says:

    When we shopped for a camera recently, we mostly looked for decent price and not top of the line, since it wouldn’t be top of the line in a couple months anyway. We got some Fujifilm camera that works pretty much like every other digital camera we’ve broken 🙂

  21. On April 26th, 2009 at 2:25 pm nora Says:

    Short delay was crucial, but so it slimness – I never carry a purse and I would rather put it in my pocket than anything else.

  22. On April 26th, 2009 at 3:33 pm Stacey Says:

    Image stability, Kids and Pets Feature (“snaps” quickly with slightly lower quality so it eliminates pictures of blurry children), LONG battery life, multiple face recognition, features such as sepia, color saturation and short delay. My camera is a Canon Power Shot SD1100 IS, and I LOVE it! It has all those things, which my last camera didn’t have.

  23. On April 26th, 2009 at 6:52 pm Hadyn Says:

    Built-in video function along with the regular still functionality! How great to not tote around a still camera AND a video camera! We have the Canon Power Shot S5 IS. It is not slim and tiny for your pocket (which IS a drawback), but is fab with all kinds of fun features that are actually very easy to use.

    Okay, so send me some Haagen Daz coupons already! It’s David’s favorite!

  24. On April 27th, 2009 at 6:40 am Rhonda Says:

    No advice, I’m too tech challenged though hubby could probably tell you! I don’t like any of them that takes much thought to work!!!!

  25. On April 27th, 2009 at 6:59 am Ansley Says:

    We recently got the Canon SD 880 IS and we love it!

    What I really like: I didn’t have to read a long, complicated owner’s manual to start using it and taking good pictures. I tend to be a wee bit, okay, very impatient and I don’t have much technical ability so that was key. The zoom is great and stays focused, which is a real problem with some other cameras. The image stabilization made all the difference too so old shaky hands here couldn’t ruin yet another shot of my daughter.

    What I don’t like: Unfortunately, it doesn’t manage to erase all the mess in the background of the pictures. For some reason I’m continually surprised to see that all the clutter that sits around our house shows up in pictures that would otherwise be really cute. If a camera could just clean up our house a bit, even just digitally, it would be worth its weight in gold.

    Good luck,

  26. On April 27th, 2009 at 7:54 am Jen Says:

    I have a VERY basic Kodak digital. Since I don’t know what I am doing, point and shoot works for me. We went to Disneyworld back in Feb and I was very pleased with all the pics I took. SOMEDAY I want to take a class and learn all the terminology. I think that is half the battle—and so I don’t look like a total dumb*ss when I go to get a new one in the future!

  27. On April 27th, 2009 at 9:30 am Mary Says:

    No surprise here – I also look for the shortest delay possible. And one that turns on/starts up quickly. My kids are always on the move – and they don’t like to have their picture taken either – so I need to be able to snap fast!

  28. On April 27th, 2009 at 11:20 am Bobbi Says:

    I love my anti-blur feature on my Sony Cybershot. Also, the ability to shoot continuosly.