Posted by: virtualnothingness | July 6, 2008

Trying out my new camera

I finally decided that it was time to upgrade my camera equipment. I have been coping along with my compact camera for a year and a half, and soon going to scenic western Norway, I just felt that it wouldn’t be good enough to catch the scenery.

I was actually planning to buy a SLR, but after lots of thoughts I went for a super zoom. This was much because it is a bit smaller an lighter, and I had this nagging feeling that I probably wouldn’t buy additional optics to the SLR anyway.

So, after reading lots and lots of reviews and trying to weigh pros and cons, I ended up with staying loyal to the brand of my compact. I went and bought a Sony DSC-H50 (here is a good review in PhotographyBLOG). Maybe this will bring some improvement to the pics I publish in this blog, at least I can’t blaim the equipment any more.

I didn’t have much time to try it out during the weekend, but here are some of my first shots:

Sea Cloud II in Helsinki Harbour

The beautiful Sea Cloud II in Helsinki Harbour.

 

Sunset seen from Kruunuhaka towards Hakaniemi

Sunset seen from Kruunuhaka towards Hakaniemi. This pic would probably have been impossible with the little compact camera.

 

Gooslings close to Töölönlahti, with much zoom.

Gooslings close to Töölönlahti, with much zoom.

 

Rabbit babies with full (15x) zoom. They are shy, you have to be really careful to get closer.

Rabbit babies with full (15x) zoom. They are shy, you have to be really careful to get closer.

Finnlady in Sörnäinen Harbour

Finnlady in Sörnäinen Harbour

Katajanokka from Merihaka without zoom.

Zoom test 1: Katajanokka from Merihaka without zoom.

Uspenski cathedral from same location as pic above. Full zoom.

Zoom test 2: Uspenski cathedral from same location as pic above. Full zoom.

This is the zoom level I actually would choose for this view.

Zoom test 3: This is the zoom level I actually would choose for this view.

I am very satisfied based on the first experiences. The zoom works well also in lower light, and the menus are logical at least for someone who has had a Sony CyberShot before. My compact will now retire into being a party, cycling and easy to carry -camera.
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