[hemmerling] Photo Cameras

My Photo Cameras

My Analog Photo Camera "Kodak Retina I B"

My Digital Photo Cameras

Logitech Fotoman ( Summer 1993 to Autumn 1994 )

HP Photosmart C5340A ( since 1998 )

Olympus C-500 Zoom ( since 2007-09 )

The Camera
Tips
Reviews

My Criteria for buying a Digital Photo Camera ( 2007-08 )

What to buy ?

# Feature Pentax K100D Super Olympus SP-350 ( SP-500 ) Olympus SP-550 Fujifilm Finepix S5600 Fujifilm Finepix S9600 Fujifilm Finepix S5800 ( S5700 ) Fujifilm Finepix S8000fd
1 AA batteries, no proprietary accumulator yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
2 Additional “RAW” picture format, time to take a photo in this format yes yes, 10 seconds yes, 10 seconds yes, 8 seconds yes, 8 seconds no no
3 Viewfinder, monitor displays preview, depth-of-field (DOF) preview button, focus adjustment optical, no, yes, fine optical ( electronic ), yes, no, very weak as the viewfinder does not help ( weak ) electronic, yes, no, weak electronic, yes, no, weak electronic, yes, no, weak electronic, yes, no, weak electronic, yes, no, weak
4 Optical / digital CCD-shift / just-software image stabilisator no / yes / yes no / no / yes no / yes / yes no / no / yes no / no / yes no / no / yes, also in video mode ( yes ) no / yes / yes
5 Program mode selector dial yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
6 Major failure reasons: Pollution, movable mechanical parts CCD pollution at each change of the objective is a serious problem, manual zoom objective motor-driven movement of the objective, especially at each startup motor-driven movement of the objective, especially at each startup manual zoom objective manual zoom objective no motor-driven movement of the objective, especially at each startup
7 Memory card: CF ( best ), SDHC, SD, xD ( just a bad compromise ) 4GB SDHC ( 8GB SDHC not yet supported ), 2GB SD 2GB xD 2GB xD 2GB xD 8GB CF, 2GB xD 8GB SDHC, 2GB SD, 2GB xD 8GB SDHC, 2GB SD, 2GB xD
8 Interface for external flash yes yes ( no ) no no no no no
9 DC input for external power supply yes, power supply is not included yes, power supply is not included yes, power supply is not included yes, power supply is not included yes, power supply is not included yes, power supply ( AC-5VX ) is not included yes, power supply is not included
10 Analog video output ( PAL / NTSC ) yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
11 Lense screen, worm, lenses and telephoto lens / wide angle lens adapters optional, 52mm, yes no, 52mm with adapter tube which makes the cam then bulky, yes no, 52mm with adapter tube which makes the cam then bulky, yes no, 55mm, yes yes, 55mm, yes no, 46 mm, yes no, ?, ?
12 lens cap lense cover built-in lens cover ( lens cap ) lens cap lens cap lens cap lens cap lens cap
13 Aperture F3.5 - F5.6 F2.8 - F4.5 F2.8 - F4.5 F3.2 - F8 F2.8 - F.5 F3.5- F13.6 F2.8- F8
14 Comfort with handling, playing back and erasing > 200 still pictures ( with 2 GB memory cards ) not yet experienced not yet experienced not yet experienced not yet experienced not yet experienced not yet experienced not yet experienced
15 Size, weight bulky, (560g+225g) .. (655g+225g) small ( acceptable ), 365g..473g acceptable, 302g .. 410g bulky, 410g .. 560g bulky, 650g .. 800g acceptable, 307g .. 457g acceptable, 410g .. 560g
16 Remote control IR remote control yes, supported by Olympus SDK V3.4. Current (newer) SDKs don't support the SP-350 and SP-500 anymore no. The firmware does not allow remote control of the cam, in opposite of that for SP-350 and SP-500 no no no no
- Do you want to buy ? ok ok ok not my choice not my choice ok not my choice

When to buy ?

In Germany, a good time for bargain buying is in late August and early September, shortly before or after the IFA Internationale Funkaustellung and Photokina exhibitions :-).

Digital Photo Cameras

Surveillance Cams / Webcams

Digital Photo Cameras with "RAW" Format ( "Photo Raw" )

  1. Canon PowerShot G5, G6, G9 - Storage of “RAW” pictures ( in opposite to G7 ). The cams use proprietary Lithium-Ion accumulators :-(.
  2. Fujifilm “FinePix S9100” - AA batteries, lense screen. But no picture stabilisator.
  3. “Leica D-LUX 3” - The cam uses proprietary Lithium-Ion accumulators :-(.
  4. Nikon Coolpix - The cams use proprietary Lithium-Ion accumulators :-(, but there is an optional battery pack :-).
  5. Olympus - AA batteries, no lense screen. But the use of the slow xD-Picture Card is a weak point.
  6. Panasonic Lumix - The cam uses proprietary Lithium-Ion accumulators :-(.
  7. “Pentax K100D Super” - AA batteries, image stabilisation, DOF preview, RAW images.
  8. “Casio Exilim Pro EX-FH20” ( Casio Exilim ) - AA batteries, Adobe DNG “Raw” format.
  9. “Sigma DP1” - The cam uses proprietary Lithium-Ion accumulators :-(.
  10. “Sony Cyber-shot DSC-R1” - The cam uses proprietary Lithium-Ion accumulators :-(.

Digital Photo Cameras without "RAW" Format

High-Speed Digital Photography up to 1000 fps

Resources

  • A “Pre Record Modus” ( or “Trigger” ) is a great feature for high-speed digital photography :-).

High-Speed Digital Photo Cameras

Software Development Kits for Remote Control of Digital Cameras by a Windows/Linux Computer

The "RAW" Digital Media File Format

Resources

Free Software and free Giveaways for Commercial Software

Commercial Software

RAW Sample Files

A4 / A3 Scanners

Calling Card Scanners

  • The calling card scanner and online service EU3C "Contact Pool".
    • “Quickly and easily scan, transcribe and connect your business cards on social networks, email services and CRM systems.
    • The calling card scanner might be ordered in bulk masses as ( expensive ) presentation gift.
    • The calling card scanner is shipped with a Windows driver, but not with OCR software, to make it less expensive.

Fairs

Education

Resources

Forums, Newsgroups

Appropriate OpenDirectory Directory Pages

 
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