If my house was burning down and I could only grab one material object, it would be my laptop.
Of course, I would be saddened by the loss of clothes, books, furniture, and other electronic contraptions...but I would be devastated if I lost our pictures (which are almost entirely on my laptop). To me, pictures represent memories. They capture milestones and moments that can never be re-lived or reenacted. Unlike other household items, photographs are irreplaceable. Once lost, they are gone forever.
Photographs remind me of what matters most: the people that surround me and the time that I have with them.
Because photos are so invaluable, I don't bat a lash when it comes to the cost of our digital cameras (and, for the record, I'm a major "super saver" - my husband just was joking yesterday that he could give me a budget of $5/month and I probably would still have some left over at the end of the month). I don't want to look back and wish my photos were clearer and truer to the moment. For this reason, you will never find me with a disposable camera or even a cheaper digital camera.
I recently had the opportunity to review the Sony DSLR-A300K, a camera that is a fantastic choice if you are new to DSLR photography. If you are a techie and you want to read all of the specs, you can check out the Sony website (click link above). Otherwise, I'll just point out a few of my favorite features: