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My New Digital Camera


Nikon CoolPix 995

Well, I don't have it yet... but it's on order and hopefully will arrive mid June.  I've also ordered a number of accessories for it, including an IBM 1GB Microdrive.  Same physical size as a CompactFlash card, but much more storage room at a fraction of the cost per byte.  There are a few downsides:   Nikon hasn't officially acknowledged that it will work, though several independent reviews have tried it and shown that it will.   It will undoubtedly consume batteries at a faster rate than using the CF cards.  It's also a little slower storing images.  Bottom line for me is batteries are cheap ($33 ea.), but CF cards are VERY expensive.  I'd rather spend a few bucks on a couple of extra batteries than spend a fortune on memory cards.

I've also ordered a CoolPix 995 for work, along with almost all the lenses and accessories available.  Might have to borrow a lens now and then.  ;-)   We are shooting digital exclusively now.  Took a while to convince everyone, but the images spoke for themselves.  There's also a lot to be said for the speed and assurance that you did get a good picture.  How many times have you shot film only to find that a picture was out of focus, the flash washed out the subject, a thumb was in the shot, or it was too dark?  You can instantly review the images on the LCD after they are taken and zoom in to verify it's in focus.  With the Microdrive, I can store a 1000 high resolution images on the lowest compression setting.  I can take dozens of pictures of a single item from various angles & lighting situations to get the shot I want.  Take one picture, or a thousand, the price per shot is still the same!


A few of the 995 specs...

  • CCD: 1/1.8-in. high denisty CCD; 3.34 total number of pixels (non-interpolated)
  • Image Size: Full (2,048 x 1,536); UXGA (1,600 x 1,200); SXGA (1,280 x 960); XGA (1,024 x 768); VGA (640 x 480); 3:2 (2,048 x 1,360) selectable
  • Lens: 4x Zoom-Nikkor; f=8~32 [35mm (135) format equivalent to 38-152mm]/F2.6-5.1 with macro; 10 elements in 8 groups; all elements are made of environmentally friendly glass; Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) applied; glass molded aspherical lens elements included
  • Digital Zoom: 4x stepless digital zoom
  • Autofocus: Contrast-detect TTL AF; 7,123-step autofocus control including macro range; 5-Area Multi AF or Spot AF selectable
  • Focus Modes: 1) Continuous AF mode (when using LCD monitor), 2) Single AF mode (when not using LCD monitor and/or selectable from shooting menu), 3) Manual (50 steps from 0.8 in. to infinity with Focus Confirmation indication)
  • Shooting Distance: 11.8 in. to infinity; 0.8 in. to infinity in Macro mode
  • Optical Viewfinder: Real-image zoom viewfinder; magnification: 0.39~1.24x; frame coverage more than 85%; diopter adjustment:-2~+1 DP; LED indication
  • LCD Monitor: 1.8 in., 110, 000 dot, low temp polysilicon TFT LCD with LED backlighting; brightness/hue adjustment; frame coverage: approx. 97%
  • Storage System: Digitally stored (uncompressed TIFF or compressed JPEG)
  • Storage: CompactFlash(TM) (CF) Card Type I/II
  • Best-shot selector: Camera takes 10 shots automatically (within approx. 2 fps) and records the most detailed image of the 10 shots using anti-jitter logic, which is effective for telephoto shooting and macro shooting. Not available when the Speedlight is on
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 equivalent; 200, 400, 800, Auto; can be controlled in any exposure mode
  • Self-Timer: 10 sec. Or 3 sec. Duration
  • Built-in Speedlight: Pop-up type; Guide number: 33 (at ISO 100, ft.); Flash Control: Sensor flash system; Flash modes: 1) Auto Flash, 2) Flash Cancel, 3) Anytime Flash, 4) Slow Sync, 5) Red-Eye Reduction
  • Interface: USB interface.
  • Video output: NTSC or PAL (selectable)
  • I/O terminal: Power input; Video output (NTSC or PAL selectable); Digital output (USB); Sync terminal for external Speedlight
  • Power Requirements: Lithium ion EN-EL1 battery included, 2CR5/DL245 lithium battery (optional), AC Adapter (optional).
  • Battery Life: Approx. 1.5 hours when using the LCD monitor and rechargable Li-ion battery at normal temperature (68F). Approx 2 hours with 2-CR5 batteries.
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): Approx. 5.5 x 3.2 x 1.6in.
  • Weight (without battery): Approx. 13.8 oz.
  • Tripod mount: Built-in 





My Previous Digital Camera


Olympus D-600L

I've had quite a few people ask what digital camera I use on my website.  I purchased an Olympus D-600L.  It has a 3X zoom,  2/3" CCD, and takes 1280 X 1024 pixel images (1.4 Megapixel).  It has 3 levels of image compression.  All the images on my website were taken in the medium, or HQ (-vs.- SHQ or SQ modes) mode.  The images on the website have also been reduced in size and compressed even more.  The original images would be too large and take too long to download.  When left to the original size, they make true photo quality 4" X 6" prints and almost photo quality 8" X 10" prints.  Most people can't tell these 8X10s are digital unless they look either very closely or are told what to look for.  There's very little pixelization and the colors are excellent.  I've been an avid photographer for years using a Petri 35 mm initially, then moving to a Canon EOS.

This was a great camera and I kept it for a while, even though newer and better cameras were coming out every week.  The reason I didn't jump right away is they weren't that much better.  A 2 MegaPixel camera doesn't necessarily produce significantly better images than a 1.4 MP camera.  This camera didn't have many manual settings.  Fine for point -n- shoot, but the eye does a better job sometimes than the electronics.  The new Nikon, with 3.34 MP, and a plethora of other advancements, really jumps ahead of this camera.  Nothing wrong with the old camera, just I was ready to move up to a more advanced model.  Even in the medium compression mode, I was able to get shots like this of birds standing in the shade.   I sold my Olympus, and all accessories, to a coworker's mother.  Made her a great deal and I hope she has as much fun with it as I have.

Battery compartment is seen on the left side of this image.  A pop up flash can be seen on the top of the camera (in stored mode).

Very simple and easy to use menus on this camera.  The images are displayed for a couple of seconds after the picture is taken.  You can put it into the play mode and view the images individually, multiple images, or a slideshow.

The SmartMedia card plugs into a slot on the side of the camera.  Only takes a couple of seconds to insert a new card.

A SmartMedia card reader.  Plugs into a USB port for extremely fast download of the images.




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Last updated June 4th, 2001