My Ricoh GX-100 was slow, fragile, and subject to highlight-blowout, but still took pretty good pictures. It died the other day, and I’m just not happy without a camera in my pocket, so I ran out and grabbed myself this cute little “PowerShot”, for practical and sentimental reasons. Herewith some early-experience notes.
Here’s the first picture I ever took with it.
It’s just a random hallway around the corner from where I was sitting at the Googleplex.
Why This Camera? · I have to confess that the reasons were partly sentimental. For some years Canon had this “PowerShot S” series; the S50 was (in 2003) my first-ever “serious” digital camera, back when it was radical for a pocket cam to be painted black. Eventually I graduated to an S70 and it made me very happy. Then Canon shut the line down a few years back; speculation was that some marketing pinhead was worried about cannibalizing SLR sales.
They brought the series back with the S90, and the specs were compelling. Small size, shoots RAW, a really remakable lens ranging down to f2.0, sensibly fewer pixels than last year’s model, and with a decent wide-angle and a really pretty big zoom (28-105mm).
Also I played with one at a friend’s Christmas party and liked it pretty well; there you go. Of course, the very day after I bought it, DPR published a monstro 20-page review; the only point I really disagree with is their difficulty with the grip. It feels secure in my hands, but then those are XXL farmer’s specials. I’ll tell you, though, the headroom is lousy, it’s very easy to blow out the highlights. That’s less of a problem up here in the soft grey Pacific Northwest
Recently I’ve become a little obsessed with low-light photography, so the evening I bought the camera I went out for a walk around Mountain View, California.
Here’s the colonnade around the public library; it was really dark; even at ISO 400 I had to brace the camera against one of the pillars and do a one-second exposure.
Eventually my route took me past an “Irish” bar, so I stepped in for a beer and a photo.
I think this is going to work out.