Digital Camera

camera that stores your Photo-s only as digital files, no film ever.

I fooled around with an IntelPlay for awhile.

Most of the below is specifically about Digital Point And Shoot cameras. See separate Digital SLR.

http://www.mindjack.com/gear/lespion.html

By 2010, most people use their Mobile.

http://www.steves-digicams.com

http://www.dpreview.com/

Once you go digital, you have to decide whether to have Negative Scanning done for your archives. We did a test run in 2009.


mid-2004 purchase

some recommendations from Jerrys List May'2004 (focusing on small/simple/fast/zoom):

  • 3mp is maybe optimal number

  • Casio Exilim 4mp, the Canon Digital Elph 410

    • IMO more megapixels is not always more better, and I have heard that the exilim 3 has fewer problems than the 4.

    • review of Elph SD110 $300 for 3mp - Another enhancement, called Quick Shot, allows users to take a very fast picture without having to wait for the camera to focus. The camera just switches to infinity and fires.

    • SD110 features a 2x, 5.4-10.8mm zoom lens, equivalent to a 35-70mm zoom on a 35mm camera (a fairly common 2x zoom range)

  • Panasonic DMC-LC33

  • now discontinued Canon Powershot A70

  • Pentax Optio S4 http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_reviews/optios4.html

  • Minolta Dimage XL

  • The only compact 4MP digicam that received the highest rating at dpreview.com is the Canon Elph/Powershot series.

June2004 - I bought the Canon Elph SD110. 3-megapixels - what's the smallest free app for sucking images off the camera onto my Lap Top?

  • feedback: pretty happy with it, except (a) a bit slow for my taste in getting the shot, which means you miss a lot, and (b) slow exposure when at maximum zoom means you get very grainy shots.

This thing also shoots Video. I use Image Capture to pull movies off the camera to the IBook: IPhoto doesn't seem to do that for me.


Late'2006 - considering replacement - want higher res, better zoom; if possible faster shooting

Sept'2006 - discussion thread on Signal Vs Noise - people still like Canon SD series; also the Fuji Fine Pix; also lots of love for the Panasonic/Leica Lumix although this doesn't impress me)

Canon SD 700IS

  • is the first Canon ultra-compact ever to feature optical Image Stabilization (that's why there's an "IS" in the name), and the first to sport a 4x zoom lens

  • speed figures

  • Aug'2007 update: dpreview doesn't like the newer 800 as much as the 700. But maybe your priorities are different.

    • Philip Greenspun says the same thing (as of April). The newer ones are not an improvement!

      • he really likes the Fuji Film Fine Pix F30 (thought Weaknesses: no optical viewfinder; no orientation sensor--if you take a picture while holding the camera vertically, the image will show up sideways your computer and you'll have to use software to rotate it.). So [does](http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Fujifilm F30/page16.asp) dpreview, except noting it tends to over-exposure in bright/outdoor light. Rrrr....
    • Ken Rockwell disagrees and likes the SD850-IS.

  • prices Consumer Reports new issues has reviews, including some "super-zoom" (10x) models - ????

Mark Hurst recommends the Canon [[SD30]] (5mpx)

Outcome: bought nothing (as of Jun'2007)

Oct'2007

  • trying to buy the Canon above

    • order placed Oct05 with Howard Pierce

    • checked online Oct12, status just say "open". So call them (800-229-3905), find out item is back-ordered, they're working on it, ask for 5 more (biz) days to get it.

    • still nothing Oct17, and gave exact same line about "if you give us another 5-7 biz days my guys will get it"

    • Oct26: have heard nothing

      • can't get through on phone: "we're experience high call volume"

      • website is totally broken

      • oy now I see complaints [like](http://www.m4040.com/AssholeFiles/H P Direct A V.htm) this - and I used Froogle and limited based on vendor-ratings. So that process doesn't smell so great.

    • Oct29 still down need to try and call again, and check my credit card bill

    • Oct30 got email from them saying they couldn't fulfill the order, so it's cancelled. (Website still down.)

    • may try Compu Direct

      • placed order Oct30 (site said it was in stock)

      • got email Oct31 saying order was delayed - will not be able to ship this order and any associated orders until future notice

      • Nov09 have heard nothing, so I call to cancel.

    • having read that Ken Rockwell likes the Canon [[SD850]]-IS, I'm going to just buy that, and probably pick up Digital SLR at same time.

      • Nov11'2007: yes, bought the SD850-IS.
  • wife thinks she wants to buy Digital SLR (hmm, will Nikon take my Nikkor lens?)


Hack for the CVS 1-use Digital Camera so you can keep re-using it.


Mar'2005 Business Week article on home photo printing notes:

  • use same brand for ink and paper and printer (not sure I agree)

  • if you only need to do 4x6 prints, get Epson Picture Mate, which gives good results for $0.20/print

  • if you need more print-size flexibility, get Canon Pixma iP4000 which runs $0.30/print

  • We never make prints for our own use. If we want to send prints to grandmas we upload to the print/mailing service (Kodak?) integrated into IPhoto.


Cameras use the RAW file format to save lots of Meta Data, but it's not used consistently. http://openraw.org/

  • Sept'2007: hack Canon firmware to support?

Note that Paint Shop Pro supports Python scripting


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