Saturday, 11 May 2013

Over The Road And Far Away

Last weekend we managed to have a short holiday in the Lake District (we stayed in Grasmere and there will likely be more post covering the actual holiday) which as well as being an excellent break from work meant we got to test out the new camera I talked about in the previous post.

After three days of heavy use we are both extremely happy with the camera, although there are still a bunch of features we haven't played with yet. The photo I picked to illustrate this post shows off the x30 optical zoom quite well. We heard the woodpecker well before I managed to spot him on the other side of the road a few yards into a small woodland. Not only did the zoom allow me to get a decent shot but the auto-focus didn't get too confused by all the overlapping branches either. And the GPS co-ordinates embedded in the photo are as accurate as you could hope for (within the 30m accuracy figure often quoted for commercial GPS systems).

All in all I'm happy enough with the camera that I'd certainly recommend it to other people.
11 May 2013 at 11:14 , ADRIAN said...

It looks pretty good Mark. I can only go to 16x magnification with an 2xteleconverter. The gear weighs about twenty kilos with the tripod. I sometimes think you have the right idea.

11 May 2013 at 11:35 , Mark said...

I guess the difference is that with the size of lens you use there is an awful lot more glass which means more light which means shorter exposure times and sharper images. Having said that I'll stick with what I have if the alternative is twenty kilos of stuff to cart around!

19 June 2013 at 20:20 , GB said...

I never thought I'd hear Adrian say that! I have little choice given my wanderings by air and, frankly, I've been well pleased with my bridge camera results and their flexibility.

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