Replacing the camera

Toby Corkindale tjc at
Fri Feb 24 12:09:38 GMT 2006

On Thu, Feb 23, 2006 at 08:58:58PM +0000, Jacqui Caren wrote:
> Toby Corkindale wrote:
> >On Thu, Feb 23, 2006 at 03:49:52PM +0000, Jacqui Caren wrote:
> >>So 9Mp is overkill?
> >There's more than just megapixels at play here.
> I am used ot that - the current camera takes a long time just to start
> and has terrible shutter lag, then time to write. Having to ask people
> to stand still for what feels like minutes *after* I have pressed
> the button is embarrassing.


Also, I find that when taking photos of people, I like to take several in
rapid succession - otherwise i seem to get people blinking or with a momentary
odd expression. (Plus, after the first shot, people relax slightly)
The D70 does 3 frames a second, which is handy. Most compacts are more like
one frame every three seconds :)
The bridge cameras (eg. the Fuji Z9500 you mentioned, Nikon Coolpix 8xxx
series, etc) do support some kind of continuous shooting too though -
(although their built-in flash probably can't keep up.)

> >There are issues about lens clarity and CCD/CMOS noise to be aware of.
> With a bridge camera I can screw a filter over the lens and just replace 
> it as it gets scuffed etc. With a compact I know it will get messed up
> real quick. Our APS jobbie has a nice fold-away lens - that is the only
> reason it has survived so long :-)

Ah, when I say lens clarity, I'm meaning things like
barrel/pincushion/chromatic distortion, and/or simple blurriness. Ie. Is the
optical path through the lens pure enough that it's worth having eg. 9MP at
the end of it? (Mainly applies to the really compact little cameras, rather
than the larger bridge ones)

> It would be nice to have something really nice, but we do not as a 
> family treat "stuff" very well.
> What I would like and what would be used are becoming very clear :-(

Yeah.. Obviously you need a D200 or D2x: Metal body, dirt/weather-proofing
seals. :)


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