Saturday, August 31, 2019

Cam Play

My new camera was advertised at the place where I bought the last one for $488. It was available a few doors along for $449 but they had no stock. Another place a little further along was selling the same for $499 but would price match. However this sounded a little complicated.

I went to the original store and asked for the best price and I was told $460. I showed the salesman the one up the road on my phone for $449 and he agreed $445. I was happy. I did look at Dick Smith/Kogan online but by the time postage was added and the fact that it probably wouldn't come with an Australian warranty, it wasn't a good deal.

The camera I bought is Canon Powershot SX730 HS. I am happy with it, though it is rather heavy. My old camera was 165g and this one around 300g. It is 20 megapixel with 40X optical zoom. It has a fold up screen, great for selfies that I never take but could be helpful in seeing the screen in bright daylight. It also has a cute little pop up flash. The user is warned to pop the flash up if the unit thinks it is needed. I haven't played with the flash really but the couple of photos I did take seemed good.

It came with a seperate charger, which is a pain to lug around. I hope it takes USB charge ok.

While I haven't had an exhaustive play with the camera, I have spent a little time. Look Diane, you'll be pleased to know it has grid lines, something my last camera mysteriously lacked, and it showed. I haven't found the the setting for centre weighted focus yet and as you can see, the camera focused in on photo on a block of flats rather than the distant Dandenongs, but the Dandenongs are still better displayed than with the old camera.

Anyway, here are few shots I have taken.

She and the white building behind are coming down for.........yep, smart apartments, and very high end. The new building renders have it as lower and with less bulk. Two other apartment projects within a couple of minutes walking distance of here have been cancelled.


Err, before I could the setting to turn grid lines on.






Auto macro.



More auto macro.




40 comments:

  1. We've had several Canon Powershots over the years and always love them! Great photos BTW.

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  2. Hours of fun - and some great photos. You will be unsurprised that the balloons are my favourites from this collection.

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    1. EC, I couldn't have timed it better for the sunrise and balloons.

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  3. I love your sunset

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  4. It's astonishing that you can zoom in and see those two chaps having sex through the window of the top floor.

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    1. Tasker, splutter. I possibly could. The lens does see better than the eye.

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  5. I have a point and shoot camera most of my shoots are a bit on the out of focus side but I do like other peoples photos.
    Merle.........

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    1. Merle, it is good to just show photos, never mind that they are not great.

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  6. I like the folding screen feature on my camera...if I just work out how to download photos from the camera to the laptop.

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    1. Cheryl, plug it in to the USB port and fro a few seconds Windows 10 will ask what you what do do with the device, choose download photos and videos and there you go. After a couple of times, the programme will pop up automatically without asking.

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    2. Thank you Andrew xo

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  7. I love my Canon Powershot, even though its a model no longer produced. It has a rotatable LCD screen, which is why I find them, when current one I'm using breaks, on ebay or anywhere I can. Now I can sometimes find them for as little as $30, since they're so old. But they work so fine for looking under foundations, sheds, etc, for kittens. I don't have to bend over, just flip open the screen and rotate it upwards. Anyhow, congratulations on your new Powershot. I went to the site and looked when you said something about the screen, thinking they'd made another that rotates, but looks like that one is only for selfies.

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    1. Strayer, the screen goes sideways? Yes, older cameras are worth so little now. I never thought of the use you have for yours, like not having to get down. Strange that there is no mention of selfies in the marketing for my new camera, but I can't see any other purpose really.

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  8. Well done! I never thought of photography as an art form until 1990 when Melbourne Uni ran a course on the Art of Photography and Photographic Galleries. It was fantastic.

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    1. Hels, I saw a black and white photo, and I wish I could remember what it was, when I was a teen and I thought to myself, this is art. I expect I will take a course at some point. One blog I read is mostly photos of older motor cars but at times building interiors and his photos are stunning and he learnt photography from English magazines that had photos and details of the camera settings used.

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  9. I've had my £70 Fujifilm AX280 for about 20 years; it really is time I bought something else.

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    1. Cro, you can still buy film or was it a very early digital?

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  10. I can see you are going to get hooked on photography like me. The shots are much sharper than your last camera. The canon is a good camera. Hope you find the centre focus point soon.If you want any tips go to our Photography Basics blog. There is a link on my blog's side bar.

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    1. Diana, that is what I wanted, sharper and a better zoom. There is barely a comparison to my first digital camera. I've had another look for the centre focus but I can't find it, but I have downloaded the manual. Thanks for the reminder about the Photography blog.

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  11. That is a lot of lens and a nice compact design. I have a folding / tiltable screen on my camera and find it very helpful at times.

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    1. Travel, do tell me what use the tilt screen is please.

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    2. The slide up digital display. The one on mine is hinged on the side, and can be swiveled around. I find it useful for low angles, or shooting g overhead. I can look around corners with it, but seldom need that.

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  12. How exciting Andrew. You are going to have so much fun with your new camera.. so good to have all that zoom AND macro too, not to mention those grid lines 😉

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    1. Grace, not in your league, but that's ok. I am good at other things :-P

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  13. That's a great camera Andrew. I was going to get that camera when my old one gave up a few months ago but against Jose's advice opted for the smaller model, the Canon Ixus, because it was lighter to carry around in my bag. I do have a big Nikon with extra lenses that I just never use as it's too heavy. Have fun :)

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    1. Sami, I carry the camera in my camera pocket, so I think you could carry it in your bag. But wait for summer when I don't have jacket pockets! I just could not cart around a large camera with manual focus etc.

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  14. I think you have made a wise decision! I love my Canon PowerShot SD770 IS. I have had it for years and it's always felt right in my hand and taken good shots.
    Congratulations!

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    1. Maribeth, for sure, your photos are good so that it takes such good photos surprises me a little. You bought well.

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  15. I've bought online through Kogan...and I've found they are very good to deal with.l

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    1. Lee, as have I, but this time Kogan could not compete with the local shops for local people, and I don't mind that at all.

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  16. I'm not a fan of grid lines but I suppose they're useful. My first digital camera was a Canon Powershot, but I can't remember what the number is, I have it somewhere still, thinking of giving it to brother's grandson for Christmas. I have a Sony Cyber-shot, very slim, which I bought for the extra zoom and the anti-shake feature, handy for unsteady hands, but the one I use most now is the bigger one, the Fujifilm digital FinePix S4800, which has a 30x zoom.

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    1. River, grid lines are great for taking photos of building so that they don't look like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Brother's grandson.....had to think about that, your great nephew. Haha, all us older people want anti shake cameras. 30x zoom is impressive as is the whole camera (I just checked). Just as well you have a bag to carry it in. It looks heavy.

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    2. Not as heavy as it looks.

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  17. Nice camera...had a couple of PowerShot cameras in the past, always pleased as I'm sure you are...enjoy :)

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    1. Margaret, I remember you saying that we need to buy new cameras regularly, and I hadn't but I have now. Are you perspiring?

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  18. Looking good. The size of these cameras make them perfect for everyday kind of photography.

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    1. Marie, a bit heavier than I would like, but still not too bad to carry in a jacket pocket.

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