Digital Cameras

    Digital Cameras

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    Digital Cameras

    What would these pages be without pictures? The

    would lack spice, and you’d never see my

    in their glory!

    I purchased an

    about a year after it was released, just in time for my 1995 trip to . It used a serial cable to transfer photos to a host computer. Its pictures were 640 by 480 pixels.

    In the late 1990s I moved up to a second-generation digital camera, the . Its pictures were 756 by 504 pixels. For the first time I was able to untether the camera from the computer. I went out and purchased the largest Kingston PCMCIA flash RAM card available, which allowed me to store around 120 images on the card. It was amazingly liberating to walk around

    for an entire day and only in the evenings pull my

    from its dusty bag to hold my daily catch of pictures.

    The , with a 2.1 MB CCD, gives me a 1600 by 1200 pixel

    (UXGA) picture. Bigger, and much clearer. The camera died, however, after only a short time.

    So came the

    digital video recorder, which happened to have a still digital camera within. Its images, 1152 by 864 pixels, aren’t nearly as good as the Nikon, but the damn thing is working. I took it to .

    In late 2003 I acquired a , a 4 megapixel credit-card-sized camera; pictures are 2304 by 1728 pixels. The photos printed at our local photofinisher surpass 35mm film cameras. Very shortly thereafter, due to a sandstorm, I acquire a

    (the non-US version, with the ability to take video clips as well).

    In the summer of 2005 I acquire a , a 7.2 megapixel camera only a bit larger than the EX-Z4; pictures are 3072 by 2304 pixels. The most remarkable thing about this camera is the huge 2.5-inch LCD, which takes up most of the rear.

    WARNING: Do not buy any Casio Exilim cameras! While their fit and finish are superb, and the pictures are excellent, they don’t hold up to even the dust within pockets, making it useless for its intended purpose. Furthermore, I’ve heard terrible things about Casio support in dealing with this issue; I’m not encouraged about the reception my cameras will receive. An update will be posted. This saddens me a great deal, as I’ve grown to love these cameras. I have, instead, purchased a dustproof and waterproof .

    After both of my Casio Exilim cameras sucumb to the dust in my pockets – not so good for a pocket camera – I purchase a dustproof and waterproof

    in the springtime of 2006.

    For comparison sake, here are the image sizes taken by each of my cameras:

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