Josh, I know you had words to say about my photos. So, this might make you happy. See, my old camera– a Fuji 280 Finepix– has finally bought the farm. It won’t turn on reliably, you have to fuss with it repeatedly and in general its day has come. So, today I headed out to the store to do some shopping, got a new camera to replace the old one. This one is a Nikon Coolpix S3600. I still haven’t set it up so at this time I don’t yet know what I’m facing with it, but— it’s different.
First, like the old one it’s a basic point-and-shoot with zoom functions, and probably some built-in editing features to help you take better photos. After that though, big differences. My old Fuji was a 2 megapixel camera. These days you get cell phone cameras that have more megapixels than that. The new one is 20 megapixels. Now, I’m not sure because I haven’t put it through its paces yet, but I have a suspicion 20 megapixels gobble up a lot of hard-drive real estate. Also, too big probably to just post on the Internet without serious running through your editor for size. A 2-megapixel photo will drive many forums crazy, a 20-meg photo probably could be pasted on the side of a building. So, I have a suspicion I’ll be doing some editing before I can post anything done with this camera.
I note that prices have dropped dramatically. Back in the day I bought the Fuji, it cost nearly 200 for a camera that at the time was already being phased out. Today, I barely spent 125 for the camera and a 16 gigabyte memory clip for it. 16 gigabytes– my God. My old camera has a 16 megabyte chip in it, and that was considered huge back in the day. Things change. Well, I guess it’s time to put the battery on charge and see how this new toy is gonna work.