Sunday, October 28, 2012

A birthday gift of one's own


After five years to the month and 9,912 photos and a few short videos, I have replaced my camera. This is my third digital camera. I can't say the upgrade from my first to my second made a dramatic difference in the quality of my photos but the first camera, taking four AA batteries, was not great to carry around.

I loved my second camera. It was so small and light and easy to slip into my pocket. It has been to England, Europe, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, along with Sydney and Adelaide and all directions radiating out locally from Melbourne. It's been in cars, vans, trucks, trains, trams, buses, planes, ferries, bullet trains and bicycles. It did not travel on the back of an animal though. In all its travels, it has let me down once when I forgot to charge the battery. Funnily, even though it is being retired, I was still recently learning about some its features. In summary, I would say it was a good camera and with a weight of 150 grams, very easy to always have on me.

I started looking around for a new one a few months ago, or as R puts it, procrastinating and dithering about buying a new one. I checked some prices with Manny in Malaysia and the saving was not huge. I looked at prices on the net and the savings did not seem to compensate for personal service at a shop and an Australian warranty. Nor did I want to go  into a shop for a physical examination of cameras with helpful staff at my side and then buying over the net. I did go into the large retail chain, the one headed by a cranky old bloke, a few times to look at them but nothing felt right about a camera there. I did not like their up-sizing deal if you wanted a memory card.

Yesterday, ah Thursday, I went to a specialist camera shop, the one with the camera museum above, and got what I thought was a good enough deal, assisted by a very helpful and knowledgeable young sales man. That he was so hot your fingers would burn if you touched him, was quite irrelevant and played no part in my choice. I have never seen such an obviously straight guy with such perfectly groomed fingernails.

While I would have loved to have bought an DSLR camera, as I said earlier, I wanted one that is compact and light enough to carry in my pocket.

The Canon IXUS HS510 fitted the bill nicely and weighed in at only 15 grams heavier than my old one.  Because of Highriser blog lag, it may be a while before you see any photos it has taken and I doubt anyone will be able to tell  the difference on screen. It is 10 megapixels and x12 zoom. Any more zoom than that and the camera starts to get bulky.

The old and the new. I am not sure that I like the touch screen controls. I find the screen works best if you use the stylus, part of the wrist strap. I did initially have to calibrate the touch screen. I suppose I will get used to the new method of operation. Like all things, by playing with it you become familiar and an expert in what you want it to do.




14 comments:

  1. Looking forward to seeing the photos your new camera produces. You could start by photographing the salesman, purely for test purposes of course.

    I think your former camera is the same one I have.

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    1. Victor, yes. I should have taken up his offer to put the bits in the camera and then snapped him.

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  2. Have fun learning your new camera. Mine is 3 years old and I still haven't learnt everything it can do. It is a big bulky DSLR but I recently bought a vest for it to attach to for when I am walking. However, I still keep my trusty little Sony Cyber shot to take to places where a big one is not suitable. Looking forward to seeing more photos on your posts. The hot salesman would have been a good start as Victor says.

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    1. I should do as you have Diane and have two cameras. Something I will save for retirement.

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  3. I'm looking for a camera myself and so looked it up. That's about the same price I want to pay but don't know if I can. It's known as the Canon ELPH 530 HS in the US.
    "quite irrelevant" eh? :)

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    1. I saw that name ELPH when I was looking on the net Rubye. It is too early for me to say I would recommend it, but I think the zoom is good.

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  4. Anonymous11:31 am

    Congrats on your new purchase! It looks very nice. I have a Cannon too. I think they're great. Does your new camera fit on the tripod? V.

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    1. V, if the world has got one thing right, it surely must be the standardisation of the screw holes in cameras, so yes, it fits fine.

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  5. I'd like to see the perfectly groomed fingernails.

    I've just weighed my two cameras, the older, bulkier Canon is 175g and the newer slimmer Sony is 120g. I bought the Sony because it has a rechargeable battery, I bought a spare and was a bit shocked at the price, but it's come in mighty handy when I'm out taking photos. The Sony has a bigger view screen, but it has a bad (small) scratch from the day I slipped it into my jacket pocket forgetting that my keys were also in there and the keys rubbed against the screen all the way to work. I still haven't worked out all the features of either camera.

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    1. River, it inspired me to let mine grow a bit, but I know what happens. They get dirty very easily.

      The Sony is a very light camera at 120g. I don't think anyone ever works out all the features of a camera.

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  6. Sure Andrew, we totally believe your reasons for buying the camera, it was absolutely nothing to do with those ten perfectly manicured nails and the handsome salesman they were attached to right!, happy clicking!!

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    1. Grace, do you really think I am so shallow? You might be right.

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  7. aah Ixus, good choice indeed. :)

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    1. A few more days on Fen, the zoom is great. Not sure about the standard when on auto.

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