Okay, the new camera actually arrived on Tuesday, but I’ve been enjoying it. I’ve taken a number of pictures, and I really like how well it handles lowlight and flash. I have taken several pictures of Allyssa, and she is quite the camera ham. She wants her picture taken daily, and she wants to see every one of them as well. I haven’t seen any yet that I like as well as the ones I took the day the camera arrived. I’m sure I’ll find new favorites though as time comes. I’ll have to find a few in portrait rather than landscape orientation so that I can update some picture frames.
I’ve been very pleased with it’s zoom function, and Shane has even tested it’s macro features on some of his HO scale trains. It focuses well even in macro, shows plenty of detail, and all in all we’re very happy with this camera.
I’m very pleased at how well how easy it is to download from the camera to my computer which runs lubuntu (which is a LXDE variant of Ubuntu Linux). I just plug in the USB cord to the computer, then the camera, and select PC on the camera. I hadn’t uploaded from the old camera to my laptop, mainly because we only had the one USB cord for the camera, and the laptop does have an SD slot if needed. Since I prefer to run linux, it’s harder to install the windows software that came the camera, but I’m not really likely to have used it, or installed it even if I was using Windows so that’s no loss.
We purhased a 8GB class 6 SDHD card for the camera, and at the 14 MP setting we can take almost 1600 pictures before needing more memory space so I don’t think we’ll fill it up any time soon. I’m planning on taking pictures off the camera at least monthly and more frequently if needed. I am not sure we’ll even have 1600 pictures a month, but who knows?
It did not come with any sorta of camera case (our last one had a very basic stretchy case that came with it), so I found one I liked online (okay at ebay since they had the best price) and it’s on order. What I like about the camera case I ordered is that it has a metal clip as well as a double zipper. The thought is that I should be able to carry it from a belt loop and still easily get to the camera when I wish.