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Old 01-17-2009, 06:14 AM   #11
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Zooms are certainly improving. This is a hand-held photo I took the other night with my Canon SX100IS. The picture's not perfect but it seems to me pretty good for a camera that only cost £150 (about $225).

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Old 01-17-2009, 06:22 AM   #12
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There's also the consideration of not keeping all your eggs in one basket. I've never had a card fail, and I don't know how likely it is, but if you go on a trip with one big card and that card goes kaflooey...I kinda prefer to have a few smaller cards with me just for that reason.

   
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:05 AM   #13
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There's also the consideration of not keeping all your eggs in one basket. I've never had a card fail, and I don't know how likely it is, but if you go on a trip with one big card and that card goes kaflooey...I kinda prefer to have a few smaller cards with me just for that reason.
Thanks for catching that one, Howard. I meant to add that caveat as well.

   
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Old 01-17-2009, 08:45 AM   #14
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Zooms are certainly improving. This is a hand-held photo I took the other night with my Canon SX100IS. The picture's not perfect but it seems to me pretty good for a camera that only cost £150 (about $225).

The picture is straight out of the camera but downsampled to allow posting - the original is 3264 x 2448 pixels.
Nice! Were you using a tripod?

   
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Old 01-17-2009, 05:48 PM   #15
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If you get one I certainly look forward to hearing about it!

I agree about multiple cards.

On batteries -- does it use AA cells? If so and you have not done so already invest in a couple of sets of NiMH Hybrid AA cells and a multivoltage charger. They are absolutely wonderful in the way they hold their charge when not in use, in or out of the camera.

Delkin AA 2300 mAh Low Discharge Rechargeable Batteries

SANYO AA ENELOOP BATTERIES

Eneloop were one of the originals and I see they are using Low Discharge and UltraLow Discharge rather than NiMH Hybrid in the names.

They don't have the same discharge rate -- 2100 -2300 compared with 2900mAH -- but they stay charged whereas I always carried a set of non-rechargeable LiIon cells for when the batteries died and I'm on the beach!

Thomas are a good source and do packages of charger/batteries.

   
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Nice! Were you using a tripod?
Nope - just hand-held. It's the Canon's stabilising system doing the steadying.

Next time here's a clear night I must have a go with a tripod.

   
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:40 AM   #17
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hugh: That is still correct but since I have some Olympus cards and some Fuji and some SansDIsk (who make them all I believe) and have not yet tried panorama it doesn't bother me <g>
Didn't bother me either as I wasn't intending to work with panoramas...


>>There's no real downside to using Olympus branded cards since I've not found that they are premium priced.

It's been too long since I had my C-4040 for me to be sure but as I remember, the Olympus-branded cards were more expensive so I went with another compatible brand...

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Over in Snarkish, Alan has been answering questions about which camera to buy, and one of the things he has against the Olympus cameras is the proprietary memory cards.
They're not exactly "proprietary" but a common development of Olympus and Fuji (my Fuji F30 uses them, too); there are supposedly special "panorama" ones but it's not clear to me what that means (if anything) technically. Other flash card makers besides those two make the cards as well, and there are other products using them. Main problem as far as I'm concerned is that they don't come in very large sizes (which can get a problem as photo files are getting larger with higher numbers of pixels).

   
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Never one card; I have two - and I also have three batteries!

   
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I’ll pass your advice along. We do have rechargeable NiMH and a charger, but have no idea about the details.

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