Its been a few months now since the discussion on digitals.
Anyone buy a new camera lately? Looking for recomendations. My
guru tells me to get the biggest diameter lens, a 10x zoom and a 3+
pixel. Anyone have any w isdom on the subject?
G’day; Can’t tell you about the very new cameras. BUT; I bought a
Canon S20 5 months ago and I have been delighted with the results it
provides. Out of the many dozens (hundreds?) of photos I have taken, I
don’t think more than one was unacceptable from a technical viewpoint
- Don’t ask about the artistic viewpoint! I have used it in some very
tricky lighting conditions and particularly in one dark place;
mountain always hiding the sun, thick overhead leafy canopy, and a
little cave from which the crystal water pours out of the
mountainside. I’ve tried many times with my Canon ftb SLR with little
success, but the digital gave me excellent exposures.
Here’s a few suggestions.
When you buy a camera, forget about the digital zoom; you will
find that the pictures with digital zoom are grainy. Optical zoom is
excellent. If you want to go ‘closer’ to a distant scene than the
optical zoom allows, then shoot at the highest resolution the camera
provides, and then crop and resize the picture on the computer;
you’ll find this gives better results than the digital zoom.
When you buy the camera get a spare battery; digitals EAT power!
You’ll say nasty rude Anglo Saxon sinful words if your battery status
symbol flashes when you need more shots and can’t return.
The camera should have a very good Macro to give excellent ultra
close ups of say, jewellery.
When you get your new camera, just sit down quietly whilst the
adverts are on and read each page of the manual carefully, using the
camera itself to help reinforce the Over several nights!
Remember that the camera is a little computer in it’s own right, and
you will find that you can do things with the thing that you hadn’t
thought of. After all, having paid out heaps for the new toy, you
might as well squeeze all the juice out of it!
Like I said, I am very happy with the Canon S20, but I would have
preferred to get the Nikon 990 Coolpix - only I couldn’t afford it -
another $500NZ. Retail digital cameras in NZ have a 150% markup on
American retailers. It wouldn’t have been much cheaper to have bought
through the net, by the time the poor NZ dollar and tax and packing
and freight and insurance… etc ad nauseum were all added in. Happy
Snaps! And Cheers –
John Burgess; @John_Burgess2 of Mapua Nelson NZ