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Watch out, I got a digital camera for xmas, and I'm not afraid to use it...





My parents took me horseback riding last week in Florida, with my aunt. Here is the 4 of us, my horse was only 2 years old but very smart and spunky once we got going:

My brother-in-law and I on the swings in a park... random little girl waiting very patiently, envious of all the fun we're having:

And now for a test of how good the digital camera can do on the detail... I notice right away these are about a zillion times clearer than the stills I usually take with my digital camcorder. Really makes me wonder how much longer camcorders will be around for once they come out with big enough memory cards:




Also, I finally fixed got my web-browser to stop double-posting, so for anyone who keeps getting double notifications from me making comments, that should stop happening now.

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neurochemistry
Jan. 6th, 2006 06:16 am (UTC)
That makes me want a digital camera so badly!
kaolinfire
Jan. 6th, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
What brand/model? :)
spoonless
Jan. 6th, 2006 06:51 am (UTC)
Canon Powershot A610, 5 megapixels... one thing I like about it is that it will take as much video footage as you want until the memory card runs out; so with a large enough memory card, it makes my camcorder completely obsolete :) Right now I have 256MB, but if I eventually upgraded it to about 4GB I figure that should be enough to hold 2 hours of video at DVD quality.
kaolinfire
Jan. 6th, 2006 07:07 am (UTC)
2 hours @ DVD quality == jawdrop.

Sweet!
spoonless
Jan. 6th, 2006 07:12 pm (UTC)

2 hours @ DVD quality == jawdrop.

well, not exactly, see my comments to simonfunk

It's very close to DVD quality, but it won't actually save more than 1GB according to a footnote I found in the manual, so I couldn't do a full 2 hours with this model. soon, though! give it a few more years.
simonfunk
Jan. 6th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
What's the resolution of the frames in video mode? I think my (much) older Powershot only does like 320x240 or so.

Btw, welcome snarkyshark2 to your campus.
spoonless
Jan. 6th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
I should have known better than to make rough statements around a bunch of precise-minded electronics enthusiasts. :) Now that I actually check it, it looks like mine does 640x480 at 30fps... or it can do a fast-frame mode of 320x240 at 60fps.

From searching on the web, it looks like DVD's do 720x480 at 30fps so mine falls slightly short on the horizontal res. Strange that they stopped there, when another 12% would have done it. Although now that I look in my manual, I notice a caveat that it can only handle up to 1GB of shooting, so what I said about hypothetically being able to use a 4GB card on it to get 2hours is not right either. And I was only estimating that figure based on knowing a DVD holds 4GB of data, but I don't know very much about how it's stored so it could be different.

At any rate... what I'm excited about is not the prospect of actually using it to shoot a full-length video in one shot (seriously doubt I would ever want to do that), it's more that the techonolgy is quickly eclipsing the DV camcorders. Even if mine has these limitations, better models are surely on the way (or already here).
kaolinfire
Jan. 6th, 2006 07:31 pm (UTC)
Aha.

I'm less envious. :)

But yes.
simonfunk
Jan. 6th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
No, that's great! 640x480 at 30fps is essentially DVD. It's a quirk of DVDs that they use 720 -- the aspect ratio doesn't match the way they are displayed, so they need to be compressed horizontally (or stretched vertically) before they're used. (Perhaps this was so widescreen and normal formats could use the same exact underlying codec?) 30fps non-interlaced is about as good as the eye can see anyway.

Mine will only do video at 320x240, which is "cute" but not really useful.
sid_icarus
Jan. 10th, 2006 10:56 pm (UTC)
What's the resolution of DV video? A web search finds more "520 lines" results than tuple results, though I was able to find "520x480" (at 29.7 FPS I assume) mentioned a few times.
spoonless
Jan. 11th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
I dunno... if it's 520x480 @ 29.7fps then I guess my digital camera already beats it. 520 sounds like a strange number, but I wouldn't be too surprised.
sid_icarus
Jan. 12th, 2006 03:47 am (UTC)
Are most of the pics living in your gheyhmmhmm account screencaps from your DV camera?
spoonless
Jan. 12th, 2006 05:50 am (UTC)
yes. it looks like all of the ones I took with my DV camcorder are 640x480 so that must be the resolution. good idea
spoonless
Jan. 6th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)

Btw, welcome snarkyshark2 to your campus.

Done!
snarkyshark2
Jan. 6th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
This is good news that you're here on campus, and you have a digital camera! (I need someone to take a picture of me by one of the "Beware of Mountain Lion" signs).
spoonless
Jan. 7th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
Sure, drop by my office some time and say hi... NatSci 217, there's a bunch of us in there usually, it's kind of a loungy-hangout place (it's a wonder I get any work done!)
lars_larsen
Jan. 6th, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC)
I've got a gig card, but unfortunately due to the untimely death of my camera, I've had to downgrade to a loaner from someone else.

It wont do video longer than 20 seconds. I have a 1 gig card. Its really frustrating to see "2500 seconds left" on the screen, but only able to eat up 20 at a time, then have to wait for the thing to compress it all when its done.

I wish I had money.

Very cool art on your wall there.
fallen_x_ashes
Jan. 6th, 2006 07:11 am (UTC)
That poor girl. :-(
spoonless
Jan. 6th, 2006 08:39 am (UTC)
yeah, we're bastards aren't we?
mzflux
Jan. 6th, 2006 08:01 am (UTC)
In the first two shots, who is the artist of that black and white poster on the wall behind you?
Just curious.
spoonless
Jan. 6th, 2006 08:32 am (UTC)
A guy who lives on Venice Beach, he drew it in 2001 and I bought it from him on the sidewalk there shortly after. He signs his paintings as "O".
luxvalence
Jan. 6th, 2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: It's so damn unfair to us mere mortals how photogenic you are!

I'm really impressed with the clarity in these photos... now I want a new digital camera!
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