I've got a new toy!
You may have noticed a definite lack of photos from me in recent months/years. That was mainly due to my latest camera – the Canon EOS 400D. It was too big and clunky, and as such it was never on me. When I look at my gallery, I count 11 photos that I took with this camera (not counting some devIDs or community projects). And I've had this camera for over 4 years now! (Compare this to the countless of photos that I took with my previous one, the Minolta Z1 that I've also had for roughly 4 years.) I took way more photos with my iPhone 4, but almost none of those ended up here on dA – picture quality never was up to my standards. In fact, I got frustrating just by looking at all the photos I took with it. Nope, something had to change – and here it is: The Sony RX100:
I got this camera a couple of days ago, and I already love it. And man, is it tiny! Here, compare it to my 400D. Yes, definitely pocketable.
Here are some shots that I took with it, minutes after I got it: I walked out of the shop and started shooting, with practically no prior knowledge of how to use the little devil. So what you see here is just a preview. You can click on any of them and view them bigger. Not full-size though, as I had no intentions of uploading over 100MB of photos. (In case you don't know, the RX100 shoots at 20 megapixels – pretty impressive for such a small camera. Also, other than resizing them down to 1600px, no further edits were made; no sharpening, no colour corrections, no noise reductions, no nothing.)
As you can see, it got night-time pretty quickly, but the camera had no problems with that. And I didn't even use a tripod!
Some more examples of the greatness that is this camera. This is a shot against my window:
And here a 100% crop. Looks like I've got fractals in my window!
And later at night, same window:
Take a look at this shot (again, a 100% crop) that I took of my monitor:
(This was on this page, in case you're wondering.)
The next day:
To sum up, oh yes, this camera is a keeper! I wasn't sure if it was worth the money when I bought it, but now I'm convinced. And most importantly, shooting pictures is fun again!
Yes, I couldn't help it. I moved from Plurk to Twitter. Why? Because you are there! And because there is an iPhone app that works really well, and because it integrates better with Facebook. Now, can anyone suggest me a nice desktop app (Windows) or Firefox extension? That'd be good. Oh, but not Twitterfox please, I hate it for stealing focus all the time -- or do you know a way around it?
Anyway, who else of you is on Twitter that I haven't added already?