Through the years I have used various film cameras, everything from disc film to disposable 35mm, to 35mm cameras with zoom, but nothing quite compares to the quality, and clarity, and ease of use that I have been able to obtain with a digital camera. Now I’m not knocking the 35mm cameras here, but I personally prefer the digital cameras. Not only are most digital cameras easy to use, there’s also the added benefits of not having to replace film rolls, wait for photos to be developed, etc. You snap images with a digital camera, they show up on the LCD screen, if you dislike what you captured, you delete it, no wasted film, no wasted money, no wasted time. Below is a timeline of digital cameras that I have owned and operated since 2005. They are in order from newest to oldest. Below are the details about each camera, and a little bit of info about my own experiences with each one.
Canon VIXIA HF R500 | Years of Active Use: 2015 – Present
The Canon VIXIA HF R500 is the first camcorder that I have ever used, and is the 6th camera that I ever used. A camera with 57x zoom and the ability to shoot in various scene modes, and different types of quality, including full HD 1920×1080 video. It’s small size makes it versatile, and you can capture scenes quickly. It has a quick start up time, is very responsive. The sound quality is very good, and the video quality is even better. This camera has many settings to cater to your needs. I find the VAR zoom setting to be the best for shooting a lot of scenes quickly, but there are other zoom settings that work well also, but are a big slower. I haven’t had a great deal of time to test this camera out, but I did christen it with a winter storm/lake effect snow event this January, and I must say it performed phenomenally. There was a little bit of issue with it holding focus during some of the whiteouts, and a couple of other scenes, but overall it did well. I have used many of this camera’s features, but have not used them all yet, so I’m still learning. Overall I am very satisfied with this camera. Great video quality, and a lot of zoom which is useful in many situations.
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Canon PowerShot SX40 HS | Years of Active Use: 2012 – Present
The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS is the fifth camera that I ever used. 12.1 megapixel camera, with 35x optical zoom, and 4x, up to 140x in combination with optical zoom. This was the second Canon camera purchase, and is my primary camera for shooting stills, and until recently (January 2015) full HD video. This camera is full of features, and there’s lots of settings adjustments that can be done. I’ve had very good successes with this camera. It captures scenes very well, in high detail. It’s more responsive than the SX20, and the improved zoom range, and noise/grain reduction is nice. The LCD screen can be popped out, and moved around as well. Overall I am very satisfied with this camera. Great photo quality, great video quality, and a lot of zoom which is useful in many situations.
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Canon PowerShot SX20 IS | Years of Active Use: 2010-2012
Semi-Active Use: 2013 – Present
The Canon PowerShot SX20 IS is the fourth camera that I ever used. A 12.1 megapixel camera, with 20x optical zoom, and 60x digital zoom. I’ve had great success capturing photographs and also HD videos with this particular camera. The processing time after a long exposure is a bit slow, but it’s not a really big issue. There are many settings to choose from, including the HD video mode, which I have utilized over the years. The LCD screen can be popped out, and moved around as well. Overall I would have to say I am very satisfied with this camera. This is one of the better cameras that I’ve ever used, and also marks the start of the Canon digital camera age for me.
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 | Years of Active Use: 2006-2010
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 was the third camera that I used. A 6 megapixel camera, with a substantial 12x optical zoom, and 24x digital zoom. This allowed a whole brand new spectrum of things for me to shoot, everything from distant clouds, to animals, to vehicles and much much more, and the image quality was superb. There were many settings to choose from, including a video mode. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 was a big upgrade from the prior two cameras. A powerful flash effective up to 16m, super steady shot technology, and an ISO of 1000. It offered a lot, and served me very well over the years. This camera worked phenomenally up until late 2009 when some things began going wrong. There were issues with battery usage, turning off randomly, not turning on, and some other things. It was an amazing camera, and had a good run before it’s untimely death while filming an incoming squall line. A gust of wind took it out of commission.
Kodak Easyshare C533 | Years of Active Use: 2006
The Kodak Easyshare C533 was the second digital camera that I used. A 5 megapixel camera with numerous features, including but not limited to: video with sound, various scene modes for many occasions, and some customizable features for shooting things such as lightning or indoor scenes. This camera was purchased in the late summer season of 2006, and was actively used through winter 2006. A relatively short time span, but I definitely got the good out of it before upgrading to a higher end point and shoot in late December 2006. This camera could also fit in my pocket, and had a more square design. The 3x optical zoom was nice, but the 5x digital zoom was pretty grainy, so zooming was limited. Below I have included this camera’s specifications
Olympus D-425 | Years of Active Use: 2005-2006
My first ever digital camera was a 4 megapixel Olympus D-425 with 4x zoom. This camera was pocket size, and I could take it anywhere I wanted to go. It would seem a bit bulky when compared to today’s pocket size cameras. The small size was a definite advantage, as I could take it anywhere I wanted to go, and capture anything at anytime, no matter where I was, which really came in handy. This camera ran on 2 AA batteries. Below I have included this camera’s specifications from the Olympus Product Archive. This camera has been discontinued.
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