Digital camera shopping
I'm using this page as a dumping ground for digital camera shopping,
specifically a tiny-size camera for the bike and trips.
Be sure to see www.dpreview.com.
Jon got a Canon SD-630. 6mpix, very compact form factor, no viewfinder,
starts fast, very long-life battery, cheap additional battery. Uses SD
memory. Still has Canon purple fringe effect.
Jon also researched the Casio XLM, which has image stabilization. Similar
form factor. Very long-life battery; second battery might be more expensive.
Kodak V570 dual lens with 27mm wide-angle lens. But it's $350 - for only
2x that I could get a digital SLR and be able to change lenses.
Sony DSCT5 $250 at Fry's. Of course, it probably uses Sony memory which
would suck, have to check that.
Casio EX-260 with anti-shake features - $250.
Canon A410 for $140... Only 3.2mpix (2048x1536), and it's a Canon :-(
I bought the Canon SD800IS and I'm pretty happy with it. The sharpening
is too strong in the camera. I have to remember to use Manual mode and set
the Custom color mode with Sharpening set all the way down, then postprocess
the images. I dropped this camera some time in the spring of 2007 and I have
sent it back to Canon for repair rather than buy another.
I did a lot of DSLR shopping in the
summer of 2007 after being frustrated with my WFO-6
motorcycle trip pictures, but ultimately I decided it's not for me. It's
harder to take easy pictures reliably, and the cost, carry-around bulk, and
psychic burden of a full-size DSLR compared to a little pocket-size camera
are things I'm not willing to bear. Maybe if I schedule a trip where
picture-taking will be a big deal, I'll look at that market again.
This page was last edited
April 26, 2008.