Saturday, September 5, 2009


...Cathy and I both have digital cameras. Mine is a 6.1 megapixel Samsung and her's is a 3.2 megapixel Fuji. Both of them take very nice pictures, but batteries are a problem. They both use standard AA batteries, so we can use rechargeable batteries, but they don't really seem to work very well. Her camera isn't quite as bad...but mine sometimes literally only gets three or four pictures before it dies.

So before we go to Vegas, we decided to go and look to see if we could get a good deal on any nice digital camera. Preferably one that uses a Li-Ion battery so that it can be recharged and get a good bunch of pictures on it.

As luck would have it, we got a 10% off coupon in the mail today to Best Buy, so we swung over there to check it out. Good thing we did!!! We found a pretty cool camera that was already on sale, so we grabbed it and the coupon still worked!! The camera was $150 but on sale for $130, so the coupon dropped it to $117.

It's a Fuji Z30. 10 megapixel, really small, rechargeable battery, pretty stylish. We got the limited edition Best Buy color of "Whirl White" which is white and has a nice design on the front of it. This is the camera here:
On the camera only has a 3.4 star rating out of 5...but on Amazon it's a solid 4 out of 5, and would be higher if it weren't for a couple of bonehead reviews.

When we got it home, I took a couple of pictures with it. When I transfered them to the PC, I noticed what some of the negative reviews had mentioned. The pictures look grainy in their default view on a PC. HOWEVER...and this is a HUGE the native resolution that the pictures open up at on my PC, let's just say that they are a little bit large. When I say large, let's just say that it would take about 6 of my 22" monitors to display the entire thing. So of course it's going to be grainy...the default view mode is looking at them probably about 10 times larger than what any normal person would actually want to look at.

When you cut them down to a size that is normal and useable, the camera takes fantastic pictures!! It's got some really nifty features, like a face sensor, red eye sensor, blink sensor...all kinds of stuff. It also does video, but I have to admit the video isn't the greatest...but then again, it's a still camera that DOES video. I didn't expect it to do great video. Kind of like my digital camcorder does stills, but it doesn't do them very well.

Here's just a quick example of a picture I took of Cooper and Dillon with it, to show the quality of the images...
So, just in time for Vegas we have a nice digital hopefully we'll get some awesome shots while we're there!!

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