dennis s. hurddennis s. hurd

Friday, August 27, 2021

New Imaging Gadget

I absolutely still love my Nikon P900. I've had it for five years and it's travelled to many countries and taken a major chunk of my photographs during this time. Yet, it is way too big and conspicuous to tote around easily. 

I have been considering a smaller travel zoom camera for quite some time. Ordinary phones can take fantastic pictures nowadays but for a real adventure, something with a bit of zoom is mandatory. 

Best Buy in Surrey had a visitor today.  It was me. I saw a price drop of $30 on a Canon SX740 HS. I've held off buying one as I figured this model is well past being cutting edge. Perhaps, a new replacement will be forthcoming, I reasoned.  Ah, life is short. At least it's too short to keep waiting on something I wanted to give a try. 

The following two images were just taken from my balcony.  I had to figure out which button to press!  Although the demure camera's 40X zoom is far shorter than my trusty old P900, the convenience of the new little camera will make up for some of the limitations.  To me, a zoom lens is more important than pristine picture quality for it allows for otherwise impossible images. Notice the SkyTrain bridge and the visible support structure in these two images taken from the same spot.
  No Zoom Image #1

40X Image #2

I was able to copy images directly onto my phone, so in turn, I was able to upload them to Flickr instantly.  Canon's Android app seemed marginally up to that task.


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