One of the problems with running a website that uses a lot of pictures and videos, is copyright infringement. To ensure that I do not violate any copyrights, I take all of my own pictures and film all of my own videos. To do this, a good quality camera is needed.
The first camera I used was a Sony cybershot WS-5. The WS-5 is a good quality 5 megapixel camera that offers outstanding service. I have been able to take that Sony camera on all types of hiking, camping and hunting trips, and for over 2 years it gave out standing service. There were a couple of camping trips when that WS-5 spent the night on the ground next to my sleeping bag, in the freezing temps. Only to get up the next morning, wipe the dew off and started taking pictures. After around 2 years of service the selector knob on top of the camera developed a short. So the first WS-5 my wife and I owned was retired and replaced with a Canon SD750.
The Canon powershot SD750 is a good digital camera, but its not great. While on my hiking, camping and hunting trips all of my flashlights and my GPS use AA batteries. Having a camera that uses AA is nice. But the SD750 uses a lithium battery. The 320X240 video mode is limited to 30 or 60 seconds – I can not remember exactly how long its limited to, but its short. I do not understand why 640X40 video mode is unlimited, but 320X240 is limited. To me that seems like a design flaw. The flash is reset ever time the camera is turned off and back on. So if the flash is off, when the camera is power cycled, the flash is turned back on. The Canon SD750 has been my primary camera up until a few months ago when it was replaced with an Olympus FE-310.
The Olympus FE-310 has a long process time and the XD memory card is limited to 2 gigs. So its just a matter of time before this camera is replaced.
The next camera I am looking at is the Canon PowerShot D10. From what I understand, this is Canons’ first rugged camera. Some of the features include:
* 12.1 Megapixel
* Optical image stabilization
* Waterproof to 33 feet
* shockproof from 4 feet
* freezeproof to 14F
* 2.5″ LCD display
* F2.8-4.9, 3X optical zoom lens, 35 – 105 mm
* DIGIC 4 processor
* SD/SDHC/MMC/MMCplus/HC MMCplus slot (no card included)
* Uses a NB-6L li-ion battery, takes an estimated 220 shots per charge
* Optional faceplates (orange, camouflage, gray) and numerous camera straps
* Records movies at 640 x 480 (30 fps)
The Canon Powershot D10 is supposed to ship in either April or May and will cost around $330. Because the camera uses a lithium battery and only gets an estimated 220 pictures, a second battery will be a “must buy”.
For over a year I have been looking for a rugged camera, and the Canon Powershot D10 might just be it. The features this camera offers would make it perfect for taking to the lake during summer time or on hunting trips in below freezing tempertures. Being water proof to 33 feet, my kids and I could even take the camera swimming with them. Last summer there were a couple of times that I went fishing, and had to be really careful not to get the camera wet. Having to worry about your equipment should be the last thing on your mind.
The equipment a person uses should match their lifestyle. I need a camera that can go the places I go and not need special treatment. Maybe the Canon Powershot D10 will fit that bill.
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