The other issue I was running into is the impractical nature of my current camera. Don't get me wrong, I love the quality and features of my Fujifilm Finepix S5100, but it doesn't serve all of my needs, largely because it is too big and bulky. I have been toying around with the idea buying a small point-and-shoot for some time now. I need something I can shove in the pockets of my cargo pants or in my coat. I need something that can ride on the dash while I'm driving. Since I've been a fan of my current Fujifilm product, I decided to go with the Finepix A700.
It's fully automated, only a 3x optical zoom, and best of all, small and cheap. When I need the extra zoom or manual settings, I still have the S5100. This is strictly for quick snapshots. I put a rush order on it with three day shipping, so hopefully I'll have it by Friday before I go back on the road next Monday.
I tried to take my first daily photo this morning with my S5100, but all my batteries were dead. Maybe I'll take one later when we stop for fuel as a substitute.