Digital Cameras, again.
Hi there Isla, how are things up your way?
Isla;149261 wrote: The last thread on this was over three months ago - the stated time for vast turnarounds in technology! What's hot, what have people been using and liked? My present camera is giving up the ghost and I have need of one constantly on my belt. Thus it must have reasonable portability, although some bulk is not a problem, good zoom ... and everything else anyone might think I might like.
We're stuck in Auckland at the moment, having finally got our house past its last building inspection [^] and with various other things going on at present.
I have had a Canon IXUS 950IS for the past few months and have been really impressed with it:
Zoom is 4X which keeps it very compact, but if that's not enough for you, then check out this one which has 10X zoom:
After having had a Sony and then a couple of Fujifilm digital cameras, I am quite struck with the Canon range. Both of the models above have Optical Image Stabilisation which really helps with shooting in low-light situations when you don't want to use a flash e.g. with newborn animals inside pens or under trees etc.
My 2c worth anyway
Having time is a measure of enthusiasm:rolleyes:
The only thing is, it might be a bit big for what you're looking for.
That's a Canon EOS 400D and YES, they are a very nice camera. My brother-in-law has one and I've had a good look at it. I would have to agree that it is pretty big compared to most cameras these days. If you want a large lens (with low F numbers i.e. higher sensitivity) that is the price you have to pay.
Yakut;149279 wrote: This camera is what Kim uses....The only thing is, it might be a bit big for what you're looking for.
The only thing is that being a DSLR, you can't take video clips and you also cannot take pictures by watching the LCD on the back. Instead, you have to use the viewfinder. My brother-in-law found that he could not get the horizon exactly level on the final picture, even though it looked that way on the viewfinder. Obviously there is some trick to using it, but he did not discover it, even after taking several thousand pictures during a recent trip to Paris. Or maybe something was mis-aligned somewhere?
For myself, I like to see exactly what I am getting on the big LCD rather than needing to use a viewfinder. But it is occasionally useful to have the viewfinder as well, just in case the sun is shining directly from behind you.
My IXUS 950IS has an optical viewfinder, but the SX 100IS doesn't. There is a similar model called S5 IS which has an electronic viewfinder if that is important to you, and it also has 12X zoom:
So many choices, it's hard to decide :confused:
It does have every fantastic setting under the sun though, plus good zoom etc.
We had some small zoom cameras at my old work and they were great, small enough to put in your bag (not quite your pocket, but fairly small, you could easily hang one off your belt for example). Although they weren't massive in the megapixel stakes, they were great, certainly for any magazine work because you could shoot raw files.
One of your photos has been used 3/4 page just this week and it looks great, so whatever megapixels you have at the moment, is doing really well.
But, I have been using a Fuji Finepix S5500 for the past 15 months and I really love it and cannot recommend it enough (although the model I use is probably considered well out of date by now!). I am rarely seen without my camera and I don't find it at all awkward or bulky to carry around and it takes photos that are good enough to win competitions. It has a 10x optical zoom and is very easy to operate so perhaps have a look at what the latest finepix offer?
Good luck - I will have to save for another year at least before I can afford to replace mine.
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One other thing I find really annoying is the screen showing me (as in a mirror) if the sky is very bright. As for my daughters Canon, even with my glasses on I could not see the screen - too small. My penny's worth anyway.
It very much depends on the model. This is the Canon I have, and the LCD screen is plenty big enough as you can see:
DiDi;149356 wrote: ...As for my daughters Canon, even with my glasses on I could not see the screen - too small. My penny's worth anyway.