Sunday, April 20, 2008

BeachHunter's New Camera: Sample Photos




After using my $1,000 Nikon Coolpix 5000 for 5 years to take all the Florida beach photos for BeachHunter.net, I decided to "upgrade" to a $300 Canon Powershot S5 IS camera.

It is amazing how many improvements have been made in the last 5 years and how far the prices have dropped. Now I'm shooting at 8 megapixels instead of 5, and I have a 12X zoom instead of 4X (BIG DIFFERENCE, as you will see).

I thought about getting a Canon Rebel, but considering the necessary dollar investment in lenses and with the thought of lugging around a big camera weighing in on the decision, I decided to go with the Powershot.

I've used the camera on two occasions, both at Fort Desoto Park. So far I've just used it straight out of the box--haven't read the users manual and haven't monkeyed around with any features--just point & shoot on automatic. I am completely thrilled by the 12X zoom, which is going to contribute immensely toward making my photographs much more interesting.

Both photos above were shot at full zoom. Neither of them would have been possible with the Coolpix 5000's 4X zoom.

The lifeguard tower in front of the setting sun was taken at North Beach, and the American Egret photo was taken on the Bay Pier. A tripod was not used. The optical image stabilization feature of the S5 works wonderfully.

After reading all the reviews of the Powershot, many of which complained about "noise" in the pictures at high ISO settings, I was concerned a bit, but so far I'm very happy with the results. After a few weeks of using the camera I'll post a more detailed review, and more photos of course.

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