So I’m smack in the middle of moving cross-country, packing up all our stuff to load on a truck,
never to be seen again which will arrive in a few days at our new home. Time to take pictures of everything for reference and to compare potential damage.
Naturally this is the perfect time for my camera to die… Especially since *two days previously* I’d sold our barely-used spare camera on EBay.
Well, I guess I’ve got a new camera fund from the proceeds. :D
Perhaps the temperature and humidity extremes finally took their toll; the LCD screen just gave up the ghost and displays shiny colors instead of something useful like… a screen… which makes it a bit hard to aim, select options in the menu, etc.
P.S. The Golden Compass is awesome!
Update: Replaced the old cam with a Canon PowerShot SD870 IS… about the same size as the old one, but fixing most of my issues with the old Exilim:
- Auto-rotation — the camera detects its orientation and marks the photos as rotated accordingly. I used to spend lots of time with my old one going through and rotating half of my pics after a shoot.
- Better in low light shooting (eg indoor or evening) — higher sensitivity (ISO 1600 vs 400), image stabilization, and a mode to auto-adjust the ISO a bit higher
- Continuous shooting mode — if I invest in new memory cards, it’ll take high-speed ones which should allow a better frame rate for those “I hope that cool thing happens while the shutter’s open” moments.
- Better video quality — video mode shoots up to 640×480 30fps (vs 320×240 15fps). Like my old cam it’s saved as Motion-JPEG, which is very space inefficient, but I can recode for archival if I start using video mode more.
- Time-lapse mode on the video! Neat. :D
- Doesn’t need a dock to connect to the computer or charge.
- More megapixels (8 vs 5) — yawn. I’m rarely going to *need* that many pixels. ;)
The menu and controls are a bit different but I’ll get the hang of it.
One minor nit is that it doesn’t look like it’ll charge the battery through USB; that would be *very* nice when traveling. The default kit includes a separate battery charger rather than an AC adaptor for the camera itself, but it’s blissfully compact and according to the specs it should work on 220
Hz volts, so traveling in Europe should be ok.