Monday, 9 January 2006 19:44
strange_complex: (Mariko Mori crystal ball)
[personal profile] strange_complex
My final Christmas present arrived today. It is a Canon PowerShot A620 Digital Camera.

When my Dad asked me what I wanted this year, I said that I wanted a digital camera, but that I wanted to get quite an upmarket one, so wasn't expecting him to pay for the whole thing. I can handle the money side of these things myself nowadays. No, what I wanted from him was his technical expertise. I told him what I wanted from my camera, and charged him with the task of identifying a suitable model.

He did some online research before I went up to Brum for Xmas, and then we spent a few hours browsing together and talking about what I wanted. The A620 is the result.

I've yet to actually put batteries in it, or anything like that, but depending on progress with the lecture I'm currently writing, I might have a little play later on tonight. I think it's safe to say that you can expect my first stumbling experiments with it to be appearing on this LJ some time soon.

Date: Monday, 9 January 2006 20:07 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, that looks just the kind of thing I'm after, too. I'd be very interested to hear what the reaction speed of the screen is; I rejected one otherwise excellent camera (but have forgotten which it was) because the screen was too slow to react to what it was seeing, so I would never have got any action shots with it.

Date: Monday, 9 January 2006 20:20 (UTC)
ext_550458: (Gir cupcake)
From: [identity profile]
Ah - I did talk about action shots with my Dad, and I said they didn't really matter to me, because I want to take pictures of a) my friends and b) buildings. Since none of my friends are Olympic athletes, proper action shots shouldn't be a major issue!

I think I remember us deciding that this camera wouldn't actually be particularly great for that sort of stuff, but I can't remember why that was. It was due to some specific technical issue, which my Dad would presumably know about, but I didn't really understand it at the time, and hence can't remember anything about it. (This is why I wanted his advice when choosing my camera!).

Anyway, if I do have any insights on the issue as I'm using this camera, I will certainly report back to you.

Date: Monday, 9 January 2006 20:34 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! :-)

The reason I need the speed is that I have three cats who are definitely Olympic athletes, despite the fact that all of them are approaching middle age, and I like taking photographs of them. Since it's a well-known fact that co-operation is not written into a cat's operating system, most of the time the only way to get a good photo of the little darlings is to catch them by surprise.

Date: Monday, 9 January 2006 20:57 (UTC)
ext_15802: (mrr)
From: [identity profile]
This was (is) the problem with my Powershot A80.

Date: Monday, 9 January 2006 20:56 (UTC)
ext_15802: (Krotik)
From: [identity profile]
And if you want somewhere to put these experiments, try - lots of free space, and [ profile] bofhcam helps run it. An example collection is here ( (though I don't vouch for the quality...)

Date: Monday, 9 January 2006 21:04 (UTC)
ext_550458: (Penny Gadget)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks - I've seen other people using fotopic, and it does seem pretty user-friendly, at least from a non-account-holder perspective.

And what fun to see the pics from your read-through party! Although the lamb with all the cushions somehow manages to look positively demonic...

Date: Monday, 9 January 2006 21:06 (UTC)
ext_15802: (up)
From: [identity profile]

I KNEW Rosie (the lamb) had a hidden agenda...

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2006 09:33 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Word of warning: if you want to post the pictures in your LJ, then Fotopic won't let you (unless they've changed this recently). do, but have pretty limited storage space.

The main reason I kept the paid account after you passed it on to me is for the LJ photohosting (you can see my gallery here ( The interface is a little clunky, but it does make linking a lot easier, and you can set security levels on the pics using your friends filters.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2006 13:37 (UTC)
ext_550458: (Penny Arcade)
From: [identity profile]
Ah, thanks. I have a Photobucket account, which has been fine so far, but I suspect my use of pictures will increase a lot now! However, I do also have a permanent LJ account with oodles of hosting space, so I'm thinking my best bet is to learn how to use that properly.

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2006 01:16 (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Good choice, IMO. I'm on my second Powershot, and when I come to upgrade that will simply buy another Canon, my previous experience with them being so good.

I'll also vouch for fotopic as an independent user ;~)

Have fun with it!

Date: Tuesday, 10 January 2006 13:39 (UTC)
ext_550458: (Cornucopia)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks - nice to have the recommendations!

I've taken a couple of pictures now, but they're very basic. Might get some better chances tonight, which is the local goth night in Oxford.


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