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Ask HuSi - Resolution.


 As you may very well recall when last we spoke I was on a quest to find a new-fangled digital camera. I can now announce that the search is over and I'm the official owner of a Canon PowerShot SD700. It was a bit more than I originally intended to spend, but I plan on keeping it for a while (my current digital camera is 8 years old and it's not really even mine - it's a loaner that I've been using for the past 4 years) and I probably would have regretted not getting the ImageStabilization, so what's a few extra clams, eh?

It sure is a sexy looking creature, as far as silver and black plastic goes, and while it's not as small as some of the others I think that's a plus as the credit-card sized cameras don't look like they'll hold up over the long run IMO. I picked up a 1 gig flash card as it comes with a 16 meg card (WTF!) and the one gig card was only 10 extra clams.

The reviews claim it's a bit short of features but right out the box I found it plenty confusing - enough that I had to sit down and look through the manual before using it. But once I got the gist of the different modes it's really not too tough to work.

Firstly, I was blowd away by how fast it boots up, my old Olympus takes about 20 minutes to come on after you press the power button, this little bugger is ready to go in about a second or two. Very nice. It's also very responsive once you press the shutter whereas the Olympus had a much longer delay before snapping off the photo. The recovery time between shots is pretty good too, unless you shoot something that takes a lot of processing - like stuff in the dark. The LCD viewer is the schiznit - crystal clear and great clarity.

I snapped off some early-morning low-ish light shots from my balcony at the YMCA Rehab Centre - as the ice cube lake gets this dark blue kind of glow to it which looks bitchin - and even though the shaky camera icon kept popping up (when your shutter speed drops too low a RED shaky icon shows up to tell you to use a tripod or whatever.) the shots don't look too blurry. Here's the higher-res version.

I had IS turned on and I'm assuming it was helping.

I ran down to the park during lunch and took some shots of the lake and here I ran into some trouble. The Auto mode seems to be a bit bright (it was real sunny out and the ice makes things twice as bright) so I tried the manual mode with the exposure cranked down a bit and things came out much better.

The LCD screen was pretty washed out in the sun and I didn't think to turn it all the way up (there's a quick way to do that that I read about later) but the viewfinder (as tiny as it is) let me aim fairly well, not that aiming was too difficult - you just point it towards Canada and click.

I downloaded the GIMP for Windows and the blasted thing actually works! It's been a few years since I've used it though - so I'm going to have to re-learn the "intuitive" interface and whatnot - but I'm pretty thrilled that it seems to run just fine under Winders.

Right, so there ya have it - I've got some work to do.

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OT: Illusion by Phage (4.00 / 1) #1 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 05:32:58 AM EST
If I open the picturein your post and then scroll backwards and forwards very quickly, the coffee in the mug looks like it's sloshing.


Right by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #9 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:15:53 AM EST
Might be time for a new monitor, eh?

By the way - that was yesterdays early afternoon coffay - it makes me all nostalgic just looking at it.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

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Or new eyes by Phage (2.00 / 0) #10 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:19:22 AM EST
Now where did I leave those spare AAs ?

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It's not working for me. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #11 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:20:58 AM EST
I tried for a good five minutes, but I couldn't get it to slosh.

Anybody else?

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Heh by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:25:19 AM EST
I'm man enough to admit that I tried it too - to no avail.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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Are you using a CRT, or LCD monitor? by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:28:57 AM EST



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It probably helps to use an interlaced video mode. by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:35:23 AM EST
You know me, I hate progressive stuff.

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I was thinking big magnets and a CRT by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #16 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:41:23 AM EST
move them close, move them far away, squigglies!


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Hey guys. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #20 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 09:53:26 AM EST
Stop trolling poor Mr Abooey. You know he's new to the internets and not used to this kind of behaviour.

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I'm not falling for that by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #17 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:49:40 AM EST
No sir - no matter what I answer you're going to tell me I need to rush out and purchase the other one.

Indeed, I'm not falling for that old trick.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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Bobby by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 2) #2 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 05:34:01 AM EST
is Mr McMurphy hiring unix admins?  I'd like to get a paycheck like yours.

Sorry - We don't hire pregnant womens by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:13:56 AM EST
Besides - do you see the picture of that giant block of ice that used to be a lake? You do realize how cold it has to get to freeze a body of water that size?

Lets face it sister - you wouldn't last two weeks in the heart of an Ohia Winter.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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telecommute! by StackyMcRacky (4.00 / 1) #19 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 09:20:17 AM EST


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Canon writes good manuals. by wiredog (4.00 / 2) #3 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 05:43:25 AM EST
The one for my EOS Digital is possibly the best manual for a complicated piece of consumer electronics I've ever seen.

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

It can't be easy to do by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:09:52 AM EST
This manual's not great but it's not bad I suppose.

Once you work out their little graphics and what they mean you can work through stuff. I'm not used to needing to read a manual but it's a must with this little gizmo.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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Nice camera. by duxup (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 06:48:55 AM EST
 Despite the fabulousness that is my DSLR I’d like to pick up a tiny canon such as that camera for an easy to use camera.  My wife’s camera is of course smaller and I was impressed by its video recording quality.  You should try that feature.
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Oh yeah, video of Bob's Fabulous shoe collection by georgeha (4.00 / 3) #5 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 06:58:27 AM EST
that would shoot right to the top of youtube!


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It's a girly-man camera for sure by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:05:48 AM EST
A man less secure in his manhood would probably have problems carrying a VirginMobile phone and a girly-man camera around - but I'm quite alright with it all.

re: Aye - I plan on testing out the video capabilities soon. It's really a shame they didn't build a phone into this camera - that's the only thing it's missing.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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It plays mp3's? by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #22 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 02:47:22 PM EST
GPS? Bluetooth?
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Are you thinking of by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #23 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 03:07:54 PM EST
this?

Because the pictures from it aren't great.

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Yep. Plays 8-tracks too by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #24 Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 03:45:47 AM EST
And it can copy/fax and collate as well. Not only that, but I swear I'm 5 inches taller since I bought it.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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Right-O! by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #25 Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 05:21:06 AM EST
I made a quick little movie last night - 640x480 at 30 fps and I'll be darned if it doesn't look pretty snappy. Course it's 24 seconds long and 45 megs big, so I'm going to futz with the lower frame rates option or the 320x240 to see what the trade-off is.

I was thinking it was probably marginally useful and more of a marketing trick but I'm impressed too, it's a usable feature.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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Yup Yup by duxup (2.00 / 0) #30 Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 09:35:30 AM EST
It is a downright handy feature.  I expected crap the first time I tried the wife's camera and blamo it was pretty keen.  More than adequate for some casual videos with friends or such things.
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I look forward to seeing your portfolio by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #15 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 08:38:39 AM EST
on Photographica.

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Lordy loo by Bob Abooey (2.00 / 0) #18 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 09:08:41 AM EST
I actually already have an account over there.

I signed up during my "sign up for every blog in order to get a low UID and feel superior to all the johnny-come-lately looosers who don't have a good uid phase." Truth be told that's how I got such a superior ID here on the HuSi too.

I'll have to nose about over there - is that a good place for constructive criticism?

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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They tend to be a little too happy by ObviousTroll (2.00 / 0) #21 Tue Mar 20, 2007 at 11:25:52 AM EST
They tend to be more into affirmation than hard critique, but the only alternative I know if is being completely ignored in the Art Ocean that is Deviant Art.

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Cur etiam hic es?
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Best way to make automatic camera pictures by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #26 Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 06:19:01 AM EST
stand out is to "buy" a copy of Photoshop and mess around with contrast and colour balance. They can look a bit washy otherwise IMHO.

Looks like a good little camera though.

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Aye by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #27 Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 07:32:14 AM EST
Actually my friend just bought a copy of Photoshop CS2 yesterday. Now I know where the GIMP blokes came up with their idea for that horrible interface.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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You get used to it by nebbish (2.00 / 0) #28 Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 07:47:39 AM EST
What's Gimp like?

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It's an attempt at a photoshop clone by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #29 Wed Mar 21, 2007 at 08:08:54 AM EST
I actually liked it quite a bit for the years I was a fulltime Loonux user. It's very functional and by the looks of it it's got a major part of photoshop cloned quite nicely.

I never got too advanced with it though - nothing beyond doing basic stuff with layers and masks and whatnot. Actually I rarely understood what I was doing as I learned most of what I did from tutorials that I was aping.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

How's my blogging: Call me at 209.867.5309 to complain.

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