Saturday, May 24, 2008

Camera Redux

Yeah I think I made the right choice. After a weekend partying it's still in one piece, as are the pictures, ready for another weekend of partying. It's got a couple of scratches already but in a perverse way, the sooner something gets scratched, the less precious you are with it. Ultimately it's not what the camera looks like, but what pictures it produces. There's something about Canon compacts and their colour reproduction that I just love - check out this shot (click for full size).

I haven't got anywhere to upload some video I took, but it was pretty impressive. I'll stick a low res version up on Facebook for the hell of it.

So there you go, get a Canon IXUS 860 IS if you fancy a decent, no-fuss camera that produces pretty pictures.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

New Camera

What a palaver. After deliberating for a long time, reading tons of reviews and actually trying out a few in the shops I have settled on a surprising decision. I'm going to buy an out of date camera. Basically whilst i'm attracted to the Sigma DP1 and Canon G9 they're both too expensive and not perfect enough for what I want. If I'm going to be parting with that kind of cash then I expect everything to be spot on.

Maybe the G10 will be smaller, lighter and have a wider lens. Maybe the DP2 will have a zoom and a faster lens. But they're compromises I'm not willing to make yet. This effectively rules me out of getting a compact camera that shoots RAW (looked at some Ricohs but still not convinced) so with that in mind image quality is key. I KNOW the IXUS range take magnificent pictures. My 800 IS was fantastic in terms of picture quality (at low ISO of course) and reviews support this. I also know how big they are (not ultra-compact but I never had any problems carrying it around in my pocket). The only problem is that Canon haven't produced an IXUS with a wide lens since the middle of last year. All their new ones are 35/36mm - what are they playing at?

So, I considered a Panasonic Lumix, due to the excellent and fast Leica optics. The one I was really toying with was the FX500. A nice looking camera but retailing at £320. £320 for a carry around everywhere, point and shoot camera I'm not worried about dropping? I don't think so. Plus whilst the lens is great, apparently the electronics don't do it justice.

Which brings me thundering along to the conclusion that a) I want another IXUS and b) none of the new ones would suit me. So what I've done is order the Canon IXUS 860 IS. It's a good 9 months old, but has a 28mm lens and a lot of fans. So whilst someone may come up to me and say 'ergh, you've only got 8 megapixels, I've got 12!' I can laugh in their face and stay comfortable in the knowledge that pixels don't a good picture make. Neither, it has to be said, does the camera, which is the line I'll be sticking to if it turns out to be a dud.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


May possibly write about this soon. Doesn't include me though, natch.

Monday, May 12, 2008


Ah, I forgot how great Fry & Laurie were. Anyone want to buy me the boxset?