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Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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I've finally upgraded my point-and-shoot camera from a rather old Canon Powershot model to a very spiffy new Canon Powershot model.

I'm astonished at the quality of the photos I can take, particularly in macro mode and despite the lack of control over lens, aperture, shutter speed, etc.




(Click for bigness.)
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[User Picture]From: becala
2007-09-12 21:23 (UTC)
My old powershot is dead. I won't be able to afford a new camera for a while, thus am stuck with phone cam pics, but for future reference, what model di dyou get? And if, as you use it, you have feedback about it, I wouldn't mind reading about it.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-09-12 21:50 (UTC)
Aw man, I'm sorry! I gave my old one to another friend in need here, otherwise I'd have offered it to you. Do you still have your Colorsplash? I know it's not as convenient as a digicam but it's probably better than a phone cam...

I got the PowerShot SD850 IS (Digital Ixus). I didn't go for the newest model because despite the high-contrast screen, I can't deal with the lack of viewfinder. I find the touch-wheel somewhat difficult to control, particularly when making a menu selection, but I assume I'll get used to it. On the plus side: the shutter response time is a massive improvement over the old model. It's 8 megapixel resolution, nearly as good as my SLR. The bokeh of the lens is really really nice, as is the image stabilization feature. So far I'm pretty happy with it.
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[User Picture]From: becala
2007-09-12 21:57 (UTC)
I do indeed have it the colorsplash still.. somehwere. I need to find it. And batteries. and film. :)
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[User Picture]From: danaid_luv
2007-09-12 21:37 (UTC)
You have a free pass to spam my f'list with photos *any* time you want to. This is beautiful--just what I needed today/yesterday/this week for a while.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-09-12 22:17 (UTC)
Thank you. I've been experimenting with square compositions lately. They're difficult, but this image lent itself to the shape - it isn't nearly as dynamic in rectangular format.
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[User Picture]From: projectpitbull
2007-09-12 22:02 (UTC)
very pretty...i hope you have a good birthday. i am telling you early. sorry.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-09-12 22:49 (UTC)
Hey, that's okay, thank you! It also reminds me that I should get off my ass and organize something for it, as it happens to fall on a Saturday this year, which is awesome.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-09-13 21:17 (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: seismic
2007-09-13 02:06 (UTC)
Lovely! Every now and then a square composition falls into my lap. I haven't played around with it on purpose yet. Yet.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-09-13 21:14 (UTC)
I find the rule of thirds applies in a weird sort of way - either vertically or horizontally, but not both. That's the only thing I've figured out so far, other than that it's really difficult to frame square portraits without making them really boring.
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[User Picture]From: taische
2007-09-13 03:51 (UTC)
Wow- that's a very pretty shot; I really like the sense imparted by your contrast choices. Also, I like the bokeh- surprising from a P&S with optical zoom!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-09-13 21:17 (UTC)
The quality of the lens has thus far been the best surprise from this purchase. I experimented with it a bit before I bought, but I didn't play intensively with macro mode until I got it home.
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[User Picture]From: nimoloth
2007-09-13 13:53 (UTC)
That is just amazing clarity, even at maximum size! What megapixels is it?
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-09-13 20:16 (UTC)
Eight! The sensor is really very nice, too.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2007-09-13 20:43 (UTC)
oh wow, that's amazing! I take it that it's a really expensive camera
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-09-13 21:05 (UTC)

Thank you.

Actually no, it was around USD350. Since the pound is so strong against the dollar and the camera is priced around 260 quid here, it was really quite cheap!
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2007-09-14 07:59 (UTC)

Re: Thank you.

I'm going to look it up as my (lame) camera is now malfunctioning (got some sprinkles of salty sea water while on holiday). I find it daunting to buy new cameras/phones/laptops etc so I usually go by recommendation.

Q1: Does it turn on quickly (mine currently does and I love that) so that if you have a spur of the moment shot and you have the camera in your hand you can switch it on and 'catch the moment'?

Q2: How's the battery life? (my current one lasts forever and I hate taking extra adapters when I'm on holiday unless absolutely necessary)
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2007-09-14 08:59 (UTC)
Hm, I don't think it's that quick, as it does take a moment for the lens to extend from its housing.

The battery life is pretty decent. I charged it up once when I got it home, which was about ten days ago, and have been using pretty regularly ever since without having to recharge it. This is helped by the screen size, which is smaller than the PowerShot models that don't have an optical viewfinder. Those, apparently, eat batteries like candy.

I highly recommend going to the DPReview site and checking out a few different cameras. Here are the specs on the one I bought, and here are the user reviews, which you might find useful.
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[User Picture]From: mysti77
2007-09-14 10:39 (UTC)

Re: Thank you.

Thanks, will have a look later :)
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[User Picture]From: slutbunwalla
2007-09-13 22:21 (UTC)

pretty!

I was obsessed with the macro mode on my camera for a long time....
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