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February 8th, 2007


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04:06 pm - Cameras ...
So, last Friday, around the time I was getting off a plane at Gatwick, I dropped my Optio S camera (probably on or near my seat). Despite reporting it as soon as I noticed it gone from my pocket, the BA staff didn't beat the cleaning crew to the plane, so I had to report it missing and wait. I'm still waiting to hear, and at this stage I'm starting to resign myself to the idea that I won't get it back. Fortunately, there wasn't much on the memory card - a few shots I'd taken from the air, and a few test shots from home, so it's not a disaster, just inconvenient.
I'm now trying to work out, if it is indeed lost, what sort of camera I'd replace it with. I'll probably stay with Pentax, because their compact digitals are small, easy to use, and yet have some very useful features.
Now I just need to choose from a slightly bewildering array of models - S7, A20, W20, L20, E30, M20, T20.
One has a touch-screen, one is waterproof and has interval shooting, but doesn't work with my remote, one is 10MP (the rest are 7), a couple of them are rather limited in features (entry-level models) ... too much choice ! The obvious one would be the S7, the latest version of the S line (7MP vs the 3.2 that mine has/had, and a larger screen), but some of the features the others have seem quite useful - and yet there isn't single model with all of the worthwhile features. And that's not even considering the possibility of looking at other brands.
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From:bohemiancoast
Date:February 8th, 2007 05:17 pm (UTC)
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I upgraded from a Pentax Optio 4S to a Fuji F30 because I wanted the significantly better low-light performance. It's not as small and cute though and I'm probably going to carry on using my Optio some of the time when size is critical.
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From:the_magician
Date:February 8th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
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I'd be delighted to hear your decision tree on whatever you choose ... if I win the JETS fan fund to Japan, I want to get a better camera a month before I go (to give me time to learn how to use it properly and without having to keep referring back to the manual to learn how to switch features on and off) and so whatever choices you're going through at the moment will be terribly useful.

Sorry to hear your old camera vanished though :-( it's always possible that someone leaving the plane immediately after you just reached over and snaffled it so that the cleaning crew never even saw it.
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From:paul_ewins
Date:February 8th, 2007 11:01 pm (UTC)
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Trudi has the original Optio WR and that has been great. Being able to shoot in mist or rain without worrying about the electronics packing up is a good thing. Couldn't tell the difference between Trudi's shots with the WR and mine with the *ist-D (with Pentax glass).
I think that antishake is probably the killer feature in this line up since that allows a lower shutter speed and avoids high ISO/high noise pictures.
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From:shandydann
Date:February 9th, 2007 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Sunny accidentley left his phone in his seat when we flew to Funchal. He reported it missing and he's disappointed but resigned to the fact someone kept it. Luckily he'd temporarily barred the phone until we got back.


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