Majed recently bought a very cool new digital camera which reignited my urge to get one for myself. As you may remember, I used to have the excellent Canon “IXY 320” (also known as “Power Shot 230” outside Japan) which got stolen soon after I arrived in Islamabad. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to buy a replacement, but never actually got around to it. I tried to make do with phone cameras (or camera phones if you may), but it was one disappointment after another.
Though the one Majed got is close to a “pro” camera, it is too big to be carried around all the time as well as quite costly with all the accessories. After a lot of reading and thinking, I’ve decided on the Canon PowerShot SD600 since it has a good rating on CNET and is a successor to the 230 I used to have.
One snag I’ve run into is that Canon isn’t very popular in Pakistan for some reason. None of the shops I visited in Blue Area and Jinnah Super carried the brand and concentrated instead on Sony, Olympus and Nikkon. It could be related to the lack of Canon support outlets here, but who knows. Since I’m going to Karachi soon, will try to find it there (along with a new laptop).