I am now fully retired as of October 31/14. I have been interested in photography since 2010 when I purchased my first point and shoot, a Sony HX5V. I liked the pictures it took, but became interested in taking cityscape photos at night, so I purchased a Canon G16 with the f 1.8 aperture. I chose this camera because it also has manual settings so I can learn how different setting work before I go into buying a dslr or mirrorless camera. I am not attached to any one specific brand of camera.