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Photos and Bears
My camera started dying in Italy last year. It still takes pictures, but the display only works maybe 40% of the time. It can be a bit frustrating.

I have a profit-sharing bonus coming, to sorta make up for all my hard work this year, and I'm thinking of buying this camera before my next trip. Any thoughts or comments? It looks nifty, I want something very tiny but functional, and I've always liked Canon's stuff.

I meant to post another skiing pic, but I think it got stuck in my Treo. I'll try again tomorrow.

The weekend was really fun, and deserves to be described. For example, when we were cross-country skiing yesterday, SG asked what we should do if we were to see a bear. I looked around at the desolate trees surrounding us. "Um, ski really fast? Jump?"

She responded thoughtfully, "I have dibs on the nearest tree."

I looked up at the trees, then down at my skis. It was my first time ever "skate skiing", which is what we were doing -- not only that, it was my first time ever on cross-country-type skis. "Oh dear, I don't think I even know how to get these off my feet!"

"Good," was her quick response.

I blinked. "Ohhh, I see how it is. You don't have to be able to ski faster than the bear, you just have to out-run Rennie, eh?"

Fortunately, we saw no bears. Just skiers who were more cardiacly conditioned than us, and they didn't attack so much as whoosh on by. Other than that, things were quiet and beautiful.

Note to self: write some real content soon. But for now, I'm heading in a bedly direction!

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dragonvpm From: dragonvpm Date: February 28th, 2006 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Heh what a coincidence I just bought that same camera in December. I'd decided to upgrade from my trusty old 220 (which found a nice new home with [s]) and I've had great experiences using Canon's stuff.

The 550 pretty much does everything you'd expect it to do and it does it well. It's small and very easy to carry around, it can handle nice large SD cards (I bought a high speed 2gb card when I got it) so taking rapid successions of photos at the highest resolution is a breeze (although storing them for the long run is something I'm still trying to figure out how to deal with) and so far I haven't really come up with anything about the camera that I don't like. It would be nice if it had a more powerful optical zoom, but really it's not "That Big of a Deal" (tm) and with it's high resolution you can actually get a lot of detail from photos even if you have to zoom after that fact.

I'm not really sure what else to say about it other than I'm quite happy with mine and I'd be happy to answer any questions or put up some sample photos if you want to take a look at it's output (although bear in mind I mostly take photos for fun so they're not great, but that's my fault, not the camera's ;)
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: February 28th, 2006 09:54 am (UTC) (Link)

SD550

Reviews are pretty good on the camera, top of the ELPH line, better prices than Amazon http://dcresource.pricegrabber.com/search_getprod.php/masterid=11292712
marsgov From: marsgov Date: February 28th, 2006 11:27 am (UTC) (Link)
When I went out to purchase a worry-free camera to ship to family overseas, the members of General Technics agreed that Canon was the best choice. That settles it.

And remember, as a subscriber to your HNT feed, I've got a vested interest in good photos! :-)
devnul From: devnul Date: February 28th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
A friend of mine has the 550SD. It is one *tiny* camera but has a huge display on the back, and just a week ago he had it to take these pictures (to give you an idea of image quality, even postprocessed to a reduced size).

I'm jealous that you have enough snow to cross-country ski. Around here we're still dependent on snowmaking, which is unheard of this late in winter, so only the downhill trails are white.

XC is a lot of fun, especially once you just get out in the woods. There's actually a cross-country ski trail called the Catamount Trail which runs the entire length of Vermont, from Mass. to Canada. I would love to take several days and ski from B&B to B&B!
johnridley From: johnridley Date: February 28th, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm a big fan of Canon, and in the P&S category the ELPH and A-series are both good. I've recommended many A-series, and the ELPH is basically equivalent but downsized.
The only problem I *used* to have with my ancient S100 digital ELPH was that the battery was miniscule, and I could only take about 40 shots. I discovered I could extend this to 100 by not using the screen as a viewfinder. Easy to do once you get used to it.

Since then (several years) they've improved the batteries and greatly reduced the power drain on the camera. I think that will be an excellent camera. By all accounts the current ELPH generation has a really usable movie mode too, with 30 FPS and DVD resolution, and you can edit down the clip to save space on the card.

You can get 1GB cards for about $45-50 at the big box stores, keep that in mind when you order and are deciding what to get from them.
ruralrob From: ruralrob Date: February 28th, 2006 01:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Its a good one, but 3x zoom is a bit limiting. Still, that's the kind of thing you get with very small cameras. Personally I'd go for a slighly larger camera with more zoom.
kevinnickerson From: kevinnickerson Date: February 28th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
I've been a Canon user for a long time. I think you'll be happy with it.
c0nsumer From: c0nsumer Date: February 28th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Canon's PowerShot series is pretty nice, but the elphs have a bit of a small lens which tends to lead to a bit of chromatic abberation and images which just aren't as sharp as could be.

If size is an overriding factor, I'd go with the elph, otherwise I'd go with a more normal-sized PowerShot.

Oh, and I personally don't like the zoom being in a wheel around the shutter button, but that's just me... Other people like it just fine.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: February 28th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, personally I'm torn. I love the A610, and have come THIS " close to buying one a couple of times, but it's also a tad large; they're always displayed near the ELPHs, and I remember how GREAT it was to have a camera that small.

You can't take pictures if you don't have a camera, and with an ELPH there's really no reason ever to not have a camera.

Plus it's so cute, I found I could just set it down on the table at parties, and people would pick it up and take pictures with it, which was great.
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: February 28th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
"Oh dear, I don't think I even know how to get these off my feet!"

"Good," was her quick response.


I read "Good" after inhaling deeply. This caused me to quickly exhale/laugh with such force that I had to clean my monitor.

I'll bet you would have been able to climb up her back anyway.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 28th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Here bear...have some heath food. She's thin, lean, and good for you.

Lean Cuisine! ;)

-SG

greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: February 28th, 2006 04:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have three Canon cameras and I've been very happy with them.
anderale From: anderale Date: February 28th, 2006 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
My coworker bought an Elph and found it to be exactly what he wanted. It is fast (much faster than my beloved Olympus, which I love because of the 10x optical zoom). He travels the world and is very active and found the camera took good action shots and good people shots. He created a book of his travels last year and the photos printed beautifully. It's also handy for very active people because it's so small - it fit in his pocket, but the screen is great. He's been very happy with his purchase!

Oh and if you see a bear, the proper thing to do is run like hell away from it. Many varieties can climb and thus going up a tree will put you up a creek! Mark always says that too - you don't have to be faster than the animal, you have to be faster than the person with you! haha.
cannibal From: cannibal Date: March 1st, 2006 06:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
You know I dislike cannon on principle because the name is intended to sound american, but they aren't. You don't want to hear about all of the Ford, GM, and Kodak workers getting laid off because people are buying japanese, though.

PC World Innovation winner article, I think it is smaller than the Cannon, less moving parts to break:
POINT-AND-SHOOT DIGITAL CAMERA ($399) When you're taking a group shot, it's a drag to have to squish everyone into the picture. One solution is to get a camera with a really wide angle lens--like Kodak's V570 (see picture). It's the first point-and-shoot model--stateside--to incorporate two lenses (and two CCD image sensors) inside a compact 5-megapixel camera. One lens handles 23 millimeter wide-angle shots and the other takes care of the 3X optical zoom shots between 39mm and 117mm. Combined, the lenses are capable of magnifying up to 5X, allowing you to zoom into a subject from a distance. Kodak went the dual-lens route (instead of, say, one ultrawide 5X zoom lens) to keep the camera small and fairly slim. The result is stylish and impressive--and the camera takes good-looking photos, to boot. Latest prices the same as the one you're looking at... if you're willing to go 5mp you can get a smaller nice Kodak, or 7mp smaller Kodak in April.
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