New camera

After a lot of procrastinating and then delays in product release I’ve finally bought a digital camera. The most important features I wanted were the zoom (10x optical on this one), 3 Megapixels or more (4), short time between pictures and quick zoom in and out. The C-750 as all that but like all digital cameras (I guess except for DSRLs but… $$$) it’s not as quick as my 35mm for things like turning on, focusing and with the other speed specs. I mentionned.

Even considering the purchase price, with the volume of pictures I take while traveling I hope to start saving money pretty quick, especially considering the fact I would have had to buy a “longer” lens to get closer to various subjects which is the original thing I was missing and the reason I started considering what was the best place to invest more money in photography.

The other big reason for going to digital is also related to money but in a different manner, I can now take loads of pictures, carry the camera around and snap shots of little things that I wouldnt normally “spend” shots on. With the weight of the 35mm and the time and money involved in carying film and having it developed it never became an every day thing for me. Hopefully now I will be able to try more things, get more varied shots and get better at picture taking.

To follow yet another bandwagon I added a photolog to the sidebar, we’ll see if I keep it up and more importantly if I have anything worthwhile to put there. To start things out I posted three macro shots, the first things that I had around were appropriate for it and it’s also something I never got to try with film. More varied stuff to come.


Martine July 22, 2003

Oooh, very nice! I have digital envy!

I took my digital camera (vs 35 mm) on two recent trips and did not miss my 35mm at all. Ed didn’t bring his on the first trip and ended up regretting it every day! You do feel more free to take whatever picture you want and you end up being more daring and getting better pictures in the process. When I come back, I make a selection of the photos I want to gather in a regular album and get them printed by a lab. My camera is only a 2 megapixels but I still get great 4X6 prints.

I’m sure you won’t regret buying this beauty, even when the credit card bill comes! ;-)

Alex July 22, 2003

Yeah, I was just gonna say something about the megapixels. I mean, there’s a 100$ difference between the 2.1 and 3.5 (Canon A60 & A70) and I figure that I won’t need prints bigger than 5X7, so I’m comfortable with the 2.1! So yeah, just to let people know that I didn’t know that the number of megapixels is important mostly if you plan on printing big pictures, am I correct? Yes, no?

Patrick July 23, 2003

Yes and no. In technical terms you are absolutely right. In market terms, not quite because lower resolution cameras are considered lower market by the manufacturers so they make them with a less complete feature set and keep the more high tech stuff for the higher megapixel models.

In other words, if you want a big zoom, quick on time, quick between picture time, higher ISO, etc. and as many of those as possible then you have to go to higher resolution wether you need it or not. If there had been a C-750jr with the same specs but 2Mp and for 250$ I would have had to seriously consider it.

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