ISO 320; f2.8; 1/20 – taken with the Canon 950 IS
ISO 80; f/2.8; 1/60 with FLASH – to show image in the monitor.
This is very cool! My new (used) camera… It is the Canon Powershot SX10. The UPS man did not let me down.. I have so much to learn before I can really use it!
No, it is not a DSLR nor is it the most up-to-date model in the line. (That would be SX20. It is an affordable solution that will let me do things that my Canon 950IS (which I still love) can’t do. I can now play with the “big kids!”
So this camera is going to let me experiment with the following —
Manual mode (select own aperture, shutter and iso)
Manual focus (plus some other cool focus features)
It has a 20X zoom (the main feature we were after).
Attach a flash
Use a lens hood (came with the camera)
Frame picture with a viewfinder or the flip out screen…
See live histogram info
We chose the SX10 over the SX20 for technical reasons… the sensor is the same size in both cameras, but the newer model (SX20) has more pixels.. which actually would not make for a better picture because the pixels need to be smaller to fit in the same sensor space.
The only other difference with the SX20 is improved video, which I’m not looking to use. At first it looked like the SX10 was going to cost us a lot more money than the SX20 — but eBay saved the day. In the end, it cost less than the my Canon 950IS. Though that camera has a larger sensor (and more pixels)… so I’m prepared for a bit of difference in clarity.
And of course, there are still many limitations compared to a DSLR — but what’s the point of belaboring what one can’t have?