Saturday, June 25, 2016

Camera Day and a Review of a Canon PowerShot Digital Camera

June 29 is National Camera Day

Source: Pixabay

National Camera Day is an unofficial holiday with no known creator.  We observe this day each June 29 to celebrate this irreplaceable tool we all use to record and save memories of events, people and places.  Before the invention of the camera, recording such memories could only be done on a painting.


Brief review of the camera


From 1825 to today, we've come a long way in how we take photos.

  • French inventor, Joseph Niépce invented the heliograph, which was a technique used to produce the world’s first known photograph in 1825, the view from the window at Le Gras the families estate.
  • In 1839, Louis Jacques Daguerre took the first fixed image that didn’t fade, inventing the daguerreotype process of photography
  • George Eastman invented flexible and unbreakable film that could be rolled. This led to the first Kodak that was offered for sale in 1888.
  • In 1948, Edwin Land invented the Polaroid, the world’s first instant-picture camera with no development needed.  This camera was able to produce finished positive prints from the exposed negatives in under a minute.
  • Japan produced the first digital camera commercially sold in December of 1989.
  • By 2010, nearly all mobile phones featured a built-in camera.


My New Camera - Canon PowerShot SX410 IS 

 

Canon PowerShot SX410 IS

I've gone from a Kodak Brownie to slide cameras to a simple Kodak digital camera.  Recently, my Kodak digital camera wore out and I replaced it with the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS.  My new camera has so many more features that, in the 3 months I've had it, I've only learned a very few of them. 

Amazon says this camera has:


  • 20.0 Megapixel sensor and Canon DIGIC 4+ Image Processor
  • Powerful 40x Optical Zoom (24-960mm) and 24mm Wide-Angle lens
  • 720p HD video at up to 25 frames per second with clear sound
  • 3.0-inch LCD screen with a great resolution of approximately 230,000 dots 

(c) Wednesday Elf

I don't (yet) understand 'megapixels' or resolutions, but I do LOVE the 40x zoom and wide angle lens.  This picture was the first 'zoom' image I captured on Day one of owning my new camera. I took this picture outside my apartment looking up at the clouds through the trees.

As time goes by, I hope to learn all the features this camera offers and try out the other shooting modes available.  For instance, there are ways to shoot under low light and specific ways to shoot portraits.  I can also apply special effects, such as shooting in monochrome, with long exposures, in vivid colors, and with a self-timer. Next month I am taking my new camera with me on a trip to visit my grandchildren.  You KNOW what I will be shooting then! 


Say Cheese!

Grandson Ryan at age 7

 

So on Camera Day and every day, celebrate with snapping photos of all the memories you want to preserve.



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8 comments:

  1. What a wonderful day to celebrate and a wonderful suggestion for the way to celebrate it! I love my cameras. You are absolutely right, they provide a way to capture memories. Years ago, I never would have believed I would forget who attended certain major events, but I find when I look back over photos, I now note people I had forgotten were there and feel pleased to see their lovely faces.

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  2. I have this camera too and don't know all of the intricacies of it either....there is so much that you can do with it though...I like bracketing my pictures so that I can pick the best of three.....or more. Great review.

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  3. I'd like to move up from my tiny Canon PowerShot A495 and your SX410 IS sounds like a good, and affordable, option. Appreciate the review!

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  4. I really want to get this. Is the printing resolution high enough to create some of the larger product on POD sites? Shower curtains, blankets, etc? My Nikon Coolpix has not been able to print large enough for many products I'd like to make. This seems reasonably priced. I've bookmarked this to come back to. I'm really hoping I can afford it soon.

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  5. I really want to get this. Is the printing resolution high enough to create some of the larger product on POD sites? Shower curtains, blankets, etc? My Nikon Coolpix has not been able to print large enough for many products I'd like to make. This seems reasonably priced. I've bookmarked this to come back to. I'm really hoping I can afford it soon.

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  6. You have a nice camera. I need to replace mine. As mine got drenched in oil. (Please don't ask how.) I have left it set out and drain as much oil as I could. It now heats up and I can not use it very long before it shuts down on me.

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  7. The good thing is being able to take great photos without having to worry about all of the extra features. I find that we learn each feature as we need it. Enjoy all those photo moments with your grandchildren.

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