My New Journal
Thursday, 20 December 2001
I decided to start a Journal. I
want to have a place where I can record my musings and share them
with others. I will try to pick one topic each week and
explore it at depth.
This weeks topic concerns Digital
Cameras. I am looking for the ultimate camera, and I am
willing to wait until I find it. I want to find the ultimate
balance of features that will work best for me.
My number one requirement is for the
camera to be with me at all times so that I am always ready to take
a picture. I have found through experience that size
matters. If the camera is not small and light, then it will
not be there when I want it. My current camera, an Agfa
CL-30, is not very large, but big enough to leave a lump in my
pocket. In the colder months, my camera sits in my right
jacket pocket. In the summer, I have to move it between my bag
and my shorts pockets. My next camera must be smaller than my
current one so that I will hardly notice it when it is with me.
The next requirement is zoom.
The Agfa has no zoom. I find myself reaching out with the
camera to get it as close to people's faces as I can. If I am
sitting across a table from my subject, I will stretch my arms out
with the camera. I would really like to be able to zoom in to
get close shots. I don't want this zoom to make the camera big
and bulky however. The Olympus
C-700 Ultra Zoom has a 10x zoom, but I think it is just a little
too bulky to fit in my pockets.
This leaves me with just a few 3X
zoom cameras. Canon makes the S100, S110, and S300 line.
All are ultra small and very stylish, but none has 3 mega-pixels and