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New Toy
New Toy
New Toy
Originally uploaded by Renniekins.
After all of the excessive struggle of the past few days, I *finally* got my new toy! (Picked it up last night; details will probably follow.) Isn't it lovely? Look how little and cute it is!

Been taking tons of pictures with it, but I won't be able to experiment with uploading them until later tonight....

Sent from my Treo
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nishar From: nishar Date: March 22nd, 2006 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
After moving heaven and earth, I hope that camera was worth all the effort. :)
the_leewit From: the_leewit Date: March 23rd, 2006 02:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Rennie! Rennie! Please come and visit me, Rennie! I have pie! You can make Chuck come over, if you want to, too.

(Know you're not feeling wellest, but I would dearly love to see you, and my calendar is very open.)
thatguychuck From: thatguychuck Date: March 23rd, 2006 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh my god it was really good pie.

Hopefully next time we'll be able to go over to see The_Leewit and ask her to make us pie.
devnul From: devnul Date: March 22nd, 2006 10:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
SD550? My friend Katie just got one last Friday and brought it on this past weekend's hike and posted her pictures (unfortunately only at 800x600).

It's a *sweeeeet* camera! You will really, really like it.

I'm looking forward to next Thursday, of course. :)
ellison From: ellison Date: March 23rd, 2006 12:43 am (UTC) (Link)
Yay! New toys are fun!
From: bloggingchick Date: March 23rd, 2006 03:17 am (UTC) (Link)
So shiny & pretty. I wish I could get one. I guess I can understand why Amazon would prefer that someone physically hand it to you.
grrry From: grrry Date: March 23rd, 2006 04:25 am (UTC) (Link)

using that neat new toy.

Looks nice, 3x zoom (ignore the digital zoom, that's just precropping), 7.1 mpx (very nice, let's you take pictures and crop to frame the image much better), hopefully you got yourself a gig memory card and extra batteries, along with one of the speed rechargers. I'm finding it cheapest at $322 (not counting shipping) and about another $150 for memory card and extra bits (not counting shipping). Though they may not tell you this, it's really useful actually to have 2 memory cards, and I couldn't tell the speed it talks to the memory card.

The focus speed is going to make it so action shots are a touch more tricky, but you'll figure out how to 'cheat' that if you have half a brain, and I credit you with that for sure. Practice it a few times with moving animals or people just walking across a room. Be warned that getting pictures of birds in flight and in focus is very hard to do and get it to come out right.

The canon software isn't half bad by the way. It should come with some very useful software and it's possible the memory card came with some picture recovery software you should be very careful to save so you can use for recovering pictures when the card seems to lose touch with reality.

Do take it with you nearly everywhere and take pictures of almost everything (lots) and throw away anything that isn't good enough to leap at you, and you'll end up learning how to get the good pictures with it despite anything else. Read and reread the booklet that came with it on f-stop settings, the shutter speed settings, and the ASA settings. Like real film, you get noise but in a different way at the higher speed settings for the ASA. It may work in less light, but you'll get that grainy snow effect that comes from not actually getting data on some of the sensors.

Be prepared for the pictures to come out darker than you like, by the way, but realize you can gamma adjust digital pictures fairly easily on the computer later. In fact, if you get a picture that looks really dark, make an effort with gamma adjustment later to see if you really lost the image or not, because the digital data may yet contain the picture you want.

Last, but not least... and you're going to hate me for this... 7.1 megapixels will generate huge files. If you take a lot of pictures, you will fill a lot of disk space. And no matter how disciplined you may be, you won't clean off the bad ones nearly as fast as you want. You may wish to increase your disk space by as much as 80-100gig so you have coverage. Also, you'll want to back up your pictures to a more permanent media, DVD/CD, and store them somewhere safe on a semi-regular basis, though don't go nuts, just be careful to give yourself coverage against disk crashes. You don't want to lose any of your more precious photos.
grrry From: grrry Date: March 23rd, 2006 04:30 am (UTC) (Link)

another comment

I actually have Adobe Photoshop, Picture Publisher, Gimp, Adobe Illustrator, and a couple other graphics packages because.... each one has a few different little bits that they do better than the others. Gimp is turning out to be pretty much as good nearly as Illustrator in some ways, which is amazing for freeware. Well recommended by the way. Picture Publisher is out of date and basically hasn't been supported forever, but still I find things I am used to using it for, and Photoshop is incredible for doing things to airbrush like healing of photos (which Gimp does NOT do). Find what you are comfortable with and use it often, so you can learn how to use it well. :) I had a blast with that icon for instance in Gimp. But in theory I could have done that in any of the others.
bjorng From: bjorng Date: March 23rd, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, that's very shiny! Enjoy it!
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: March 23rd, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nice! Another Canon. You're gonna love it. :)
johnridley From: johnridley Date: March 23rd, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Kewl. I'm sorta-kinda in the market for a new point-n-shoot. I'm torn now between getting an Elph and one of the A- series. The A700 just came out and looks good. But I've had an Elph before (the original digital, S100) and I liked it. I decided it wouldn't do as an ONLY camera, but as I have a digital SLR now the Elph may be nice again. The teeny little battery is mainly what bugs me about it. The A series takes AA rechargables, which means I automatically have a box of batteries for it when I buy it.

But all of the Canon Elph and A series are good cameras. Very nice.
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