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I ordered a Fuji FinePix camera off Amazon the other day, and it hasn't been dispatched yet, and I want it NOW, dammit.

Oops, pic is bigger than I expected.

I needed* a new camera because the one on my phone is annoyingly inconsistent. Though last night I was looking at photos one of my friends had taken on an old FinePix 1MP camera recently, of a Celtic music gig at Eilean Donan castle, and they were awesome, so I suspect it's mainly me not knowing how to use the one on my phone properly. But hey, new camera. Eventually.

We were looking through my 7" singles, too, because of that list of indie bands yesterday, and I have a most bizarre variety, as well as a bunch I'd forgotten all about. My collection is basically in two parts, you see - crap pop from the late '80s, when I only had a record player and you could get singles in the knock-off bin in Woolies for 20p, and obscure indie from the mid to late '90s. I think I'm going to catalogue them on the computer today, so I might post the list up here. Does anyone know if there's a decent music cataloguing website, actually, the equivalent of LibraryThing?

Oh, speaking of which, I bought a Cuecat the other day after caitirin and dakegra (I think) linked to them; it's a barcode scanner so I can put the rest of my books into LibraryThing more easily. In the shape of a cat, obviously.

* For certain values of "needed", as usual.

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blue_condition
Sep. 9th, 2007 06:18 pm (UTC)
Phone cameras vary from unacceptably awful (the one on my old XDA) through awful but usable (my "work" Blackberry Pearl) through tolerable (my Nokia N73) to actually quite good (Nokia N95). The N95 is about as good as cheap compacts of 2-3 years ago... (the Zeiss lens on it is far better than the piddly sensor).

In good light, with a steady hand, decent composition and more than a touch of Photoshop I've had pics out of the Nokia N73 that aren't awful. But that's about as much as I can say for it - that and the BB are always around so they do give more chance of opportunity shots...
pickwick
Sep. 9th, 2007 07:20 pm (UTC)
It's a Nokia N80 I've got just now - it's pretty decent for things that are in broad daylight and completely stationary, but otherwise, slightly dodgy.
rintheamazing
Sep. 9th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
I also "needed" a new camera recently. I had 2 old ones (3 if you count the teeny one on the keychain, which I don't) but they both had issues. The one with fewer issues was actually an older Fuji Finepix, which took absolutely lovely pictures, but was kind of clunky and was absolute hell on batteries. No more AA batteries in cameras for me.

My new Kodak one is cute and shiny and fits nicely in my purse, so I have the "always handy" thing and the "takes decent pictures" thing. It's very exciting.
pickwick
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
Oh, yes, must remember to make sure I have batteries.

I was a bit worried about the size of this one, since I want to lug it about randomly too, but I think it should fit in my bag OK as long as I don't get the official manufacturer's case, which is a bit like a medium-sized brown leather handbag :S
donbert
Sep. 10th, 2007 07:42 am (UTC)
I was looking at that one recently - my last two compacts have been Fuji and have been great, though enlarging landscapes tend to get a bit noisy, so I wanted to upgrade a bit.

In the end, I decided to go all the way to a digital SLR. After dithering for the past week, your post has finally (and thankfully) pushed me over the edge into this morning ordering the Canon EOS 400, which looks not unlike the Fuji above.
pickwick
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
Hurray! The Canon EOS 400 looks great - at least, it has lots of features I don't understand :D
dakegra
Sep. 10th, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
phone cameras can be ok, if you have decent conditions (well lit, stationary subject etc). I've had some decent shots out of the Sony Ericsson I've got - some of the Greenbelt photos were taken with that, some with the 2Mp Nikon coolpix I've had for years, and I reckon you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.

The fuji looks nice though, and it's one I was considering before I got my Nikon D50, which I lovelovelove.
pickwick
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:17 am (UTC)
It'll be nice to be able to take pictures of moving things occasionally without having to judge their speed and click three seconds in advance! I think there'll still be a little bit of a delay, but not nearly so much.
dakegra
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:19 am (UTC)
that's the main difference with the SLR - you press the button, and the photo is taken virtually instantaneously.
pickwick
Sep. 10th, 2007 11:20 am (UTC)
Meh. SLRs are still just a bit expensive for the amount and type of photography I'll be doing...
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pickwick
Sep. 12th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Oooh, excellent. It turned up today, so I'll have to test it :)
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