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Digital cameras

Fujifilm S6000fd/S6500fd

Mum and Dad's, December 2007, 6MP

Again, not mine. But I do use it from time to time. I was involved in the selection process. It was already a year old model when purchased and did not have as many megapickels as the latest models. But combined with a larger sensor (1/1.7“ vs 1/2.5”), this makes the pixels larger and less susceptible to noise. The horrible digital noise does start to show up at ISO 400 though.

Olympus C750Z

Mum and Dad's, circa September 2003, 3.9MP

Ok, not really mine. But I did use it a fair bit until I got my Ricoh. It has higher resolution and has somewhat better performance in low light than my DC240. But the best thing about it is that it allows nearly fully manual operation as well as semi-automatic operation (with aperture and shutter priority modes). It even does ‘long exposures’ up to a whopping 16 seconds long.

With this camera I took a few panoramas and also started my love of sunrises and sunsets.

Kodak DC240

Circa September 1999, 1.3MP

I'd been looking at some of the then-new digital cameras for a little while. Then a business trip to Germany came up and I figured a camera would be useful to have, so I rushed out to buy this a week or so before flying out. It wasn't cheap - AUS$1300! I was young and had a good amount of disposable income at the time. I got some good photos of Augsburg and Neuschwanstein, but sadly lost most of them in a hard drive crash several months later.

It's not very impressive any more, but it works and still takes decent photos at 1280×960 resolution. The light sensitivity isn't very good, it's really best in bright sunlight. It's also fully automatic and there's really very little that can be done to adjust the outcome. However it does at least let me set the default to ‘no flash’.

I probably could have gotten the DC260. It was slightly higher resolution (1600×1200 vs 1280×960) and had a few extra features, including some sort of scripting capability. But I was worried about it standing out and being stolen. I felt the DC240 looked more like a regular compact film camera. Thinking about it now, that scripting could have been useful when I later tried playing around with producing HDR images from multiple exposures. For a little while I was looking at the DC4800, but I think I was out of work at the time.

It's interesting to look back at the development of Kodak's early digital cameras. The DC240 was upgraded to the DC280 (2.0MP with a 3:2 ratio), and finally the DC3400 (a little more configurable) and ruggedised DC5000. The DC260 started out as the DC220, before being upgraded to the DC265, and finally the DC290.

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