13 January 2010

KingCast presents: The Newbie.

It's a nice camera. Same lens, but it's all about the instant-on video button, stereo-separated mics, adjustable white balance and the hotshoe. No more burned out faces in low level lighting with the standard slave flash on my S2 IS.

What it is not: An HD SX20 IS. I'll likely skip over that step; next year comes some advanced photography classes and the DSLR HD Rebel in me :)


Anonymous said...

About time you serious thought about getting a dSLR. You will enjoy the control you have with the dSLR over the point and shoot. You thinking about latest Canon release, think about this dSLRs are best used for photographs, not movies. buy a older model like the XT or XSI, decent price and have enough mega-pixels not to be obsolete anytime soon. Take the money you didn't spend on Canon's latest release and put it towards a video camera, that is my opinion about dSLR. Oh yeah, any dSLR you get, you will be happy with, but be warned you will suffer from lense envy.

Christopher King said...

Oh, thanks.... it was never about whether I want another DSLR, having not owned one since the days of film.

The issue was that I kind of need decent video and pics in one camera, and I'm really kind of more into the video than I am the stills.

So in the end I think the EOS will suit me well enough when I decide to go ker-plunk with that chingy later this year.

Meanwhile the 650R needs a new fuel-injection mapping, valve adjustment and aftermarket exhaust...... :)


Christopher King said...

So you're my buddy in the M___ town in the Granite State!

Don't worry I'll never publish your IP, just figured it out by who was in the post.

Have we physically met?



Christopher King said...

PS: The Sony DSC H-7 was also in the hunt but the lack of hotshoe and these issues, killed it but I love the way it looks.

As with other megazoom lenses, however, the Sony's displays some distortion, chromatic aberration (edge discoloration) on the sides of the photo, as well as purple fringing on high-contrast edges. In general, the Canon PowerShot S5 IS exhibits better sharpness both in the center and from side-to-side. As for shots at medium-to-high sensitivities, I suggest you avoid them.

Despite boasting support for up to ISO 3,200, the jump between ISO 200 and ISO 400 reveals serious detail loss and notable increase in artifacts. Though it produces better noise measurements than the S5 at the higher ISO settings, the Sony DSC-H7 has more apparent image degradation.

Anonymous said...

Sony has some pretty good lenses on their point and shoot, or I have pretty good luck with them. I still have a point and shoot when I don't feel like lugging a big clunky camera around, with 3 lenses. The ability to change lenses is a big plus for the dSLR. You thinking about a Rebel, or are you going to shell out the big bucks and get a full frame, the 5D Mark II is a very nice camera but will set you back a almost 3 g-notes.

Anonymous said...

Check out this sight, a lot of good tips and advice, t is like drinking from a fire hose.


Christopher King said...


Thanks for the info.

This cat has some good info on the D5 IS as well.

I really think it is the right camera for the intended application; it will do most everything I need it to do, the finer points of photography will come in due course. I was playing around with ISO on the bus today and it hung in their wicked good.