So I was lucky enough to win this gorgeous little point and shoot over the recent Christmas holidays thanks to Camera House! I was very stoked and have to give a big shout out and thanks to them. Check them out on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/camerahouseaust
It arrived last Friday after much anticipation from myself and I was eager to go out and give it a shoot, and I thought why not give it a little review while I am at it. After charging the battery I flicked through the menu and had a quick play with settings. It is rather basic but I found by setting it to P mode I could at least set the ISO I wanted myself, rather than rely on the camera. I was also happy to see that in the colour settings other than Fuji Color and Black and white, they had a FujiChrome emulator which I look forward to playing with, this is supposed to emulate their famed slide film colours, I stuck with standard Fuji colour for this test. I also set the camera to center point focus as I find this beneficial to nailing the shots I want. The camera was setup and I was off to run it through it’s paces.
Before I go through my thoughts and shots, I suppose I best list it’s specs:
Size 1/2.3″ 6.2×4.6mm
Megapixels 13.8 MP
Light sensitivity 1,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (boost) 3,200 ISO
True resolution 9.7 MP
Native resolution 4288 x 3216
Pixel size 2 µm²
Resolution 230k dots
Touch screen No
Flips out No
Wide angle 25 mm
Telephoto 200 mm
Aperture (wide angle) f/2.9
Aperture (telephoto) f/5.9
Macro focus 5 cm
Size 100x56x24 mm
Weight 129 g
Interchangeable lenses No
Viewfinder Type None
Format 720p @ 30fps
Supports 24p No
High-speed framerate None
External mic jack No
Autofocus Contrast detection
Continuous focus Unknown
All formats 720p @ 30fps
480p @ 30fps
320 x 240 @ 30fps
Image stabilization Lens
Supports RAW No
Autofocus Contrast detection
Focus points Unknown
Cross type focus points Unknown
Built-in flash Yes
External connection No
Storage slots 1
Supported formats SD
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I went straight to the backyard and snapped this shot of this orange/red flower. Now I know this is not the best shot, however it is a good test of how the camera handles reds and oranges as I find many cameras/lenses struggle with these colours, often over saturating. I found it performed rather well in this department. However it is very touch and go, and could be prone to over saturation.
The next thing I wanted to test was focus speed. So I grabbed my youngest dog baby doll and got a quick snap of her. The focus seemed fine and snappy. The B&W setting seemed quite nice too.
The center point focus also seemed like the focus point was fine enough to pick up fine objects as the desired point of focus. I did however note that being used to my sony nex’s that it would greatly benefit from a tilt screen, however at around $100 retail. This camera is still quite a steal.
The zoom does seem quite adequate and is rather quick to zoom to the longer end. It doesn’t seem to lose too much sharpness at the long end either. I was able to snap this shot sitting in a cafe quite a way away from this couple with a dog. The 25-200mm zoom is quite handy and rather good for a camera in this class.
The close focusing distance of 5cm is also very good for a camera in the class and price range and the lens still remains sharp. I feel this could be very good for those that love to play with a little macro work, getting those shots of those little bugs. haha
I did however note that there is some slight barrel distortion. Which will only really be noticed when shooting horizons… or brick walls. But again, quite adequate for a camera in this class.
One thing that did strike me upon editing these pics from the camera (basic contrast and re-size) is how ‘filmic’ the images look due to that great little CCD sensor. This is something you will not find in a CMOS sensor camera as they definitely have more of a digital look too them. I must admit I was looking forward to the possibility of this as I am also an avid film shooter and was definitely not disappointed.
I enjoyed the look so much from this nifty little light point and shoot here are a few more images from my little test walk I took it for:
So after basically putting it through it’s paces, I have to say I am thoroughly impressed with this nifty little point and shoot and can see it accompanying me in my car often when I choose not to bother taking my DSLR’s. About the only thing I could have asked for more out of it was the ability to shoot raw…but then I did not pay for it, I won it thanks to Camera House. haha
All in all this is a very good performing, simple little camera, more than capable of taking some great shots if desired and definitely worth grabbing around the $100 mark if you are looking for a new point and shoot, or like me just a carry around camera when the Mrs tells you to leave the cameras at home. haha
I hope you have enjoyed this little review, till next time, Happy Snapping guys! 🙂
I recently had a mate approach me to help him with a performance project for a Western Australian Performing Arts Academy assessment.
He was to produce the audio and he was to collaborate with a local visual artist of some kind to create the visuals to go with it.
He asked me if I would help him out.
He gave me some basic criteria of what he desired and off I went.
It is a layering of a couple of pieces of video I shot on my Sony Nex5 with my Asahi Takumar 50mm f1.4 manual focus lens and my Pentax KX with my Pentax SMC F 35-135 macro zoom lens. As well as stills shot on my Minolta X700 with my Minolta 50mm F1.4 manual lens and 50mm F2 lens on both Fuji pro 160s and Ilford XP2 400 B&W film along with B&W stills from the Nex5 with my Asahi Takumar 50mm f1.4. I also incorporated some simple effects I made in after effects and some transitions from my basic director compiling program.
The theme/story I was going for was nature overrunning urban decay and our retrospect from our future technological selves. I was trying to stick to the guidelines given to me…but the audio just kept giving me this alien kind of vibe. So I like to look at this as though you are viewing the decay of mankind and the reclamation of nature through some futuristic alien looking device. But that is just the feelings I got from this fun little project.
I am quite happy with the results as I am mainly a still shooter and only really dabble in playing with making video.
I like to see how other people perceive it too, so please give me your comments. Isn’t that the magic of art, perception?
I hope you enjoy. 😀
So I signed up for this new 1 day, 1 roll event on Manual lens forum last week. The basic idea is to promote the use of 35mm film again via the method of capturing a day in the life of the world through the eyes of different photographers from all over the globe. Our mission was to dust off our favourite old manual film camera and go shoot a whole roll on Saturday May the 5th. Then within the next 15 days we were to have the roll developed, then share that roll, relatively unprocessed (of course allowing for basic levels etc.) in whole somewhere then post a link back to the whole gallery along with our favourite 3.I enjoyed this challenge on the weekend and found it a great idea. I got my roll back from processing on Monday and was very happy with the results.
I thought I would use this day by taking the opportunity to kill a few birds with one stone, so to speak. I started by grabbing out my trusty old Minolta X700 and mounting my Minolta 50mm f1.4 manual lens as I had been wanting to test it on film, and I was afraid some of the places I might go today might call for the extra f-stops over my Minolta 50mm f2 manual lens.
I then grabbed out 2 rolls of Fuji Pro 160s expired in 2010 that I had been just itching to test, and set out on my day of film photography. I started off by driving down to Fremantle as I like to get away from my local area, and headed out to the old abandoned Power station down there. I have a project that I am helping a friend with that requires some urban decay shots, so this seemed an appropriate place to start, and like I said, kill them birds. It was fantastic at the old power station, so stark and industrial and bleak, yet intensely colorful from all the graffiti art. Not wanting an entire roll on dilapidated buildings, I decided to head into the Fremantle city center to shoot some street around the markets there. I thought a bit of contrast to my urban decay for the roll. As the day started to round into evening I turned up to Reabold Hill before the light faded to shoot some last shots of nature and the view to end the roll on a nice serene vibe.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to the next one in a month. I thought I might just take the time to share with you all my roll here. I hope you enjoy!
Till next time, keep well and happy snapping! 😀
A couple of weeks ago we decided to drive down to the South Perth Foreshore of the Swan River to take some photos since it was such a nice sunny day. Lisa and I shot multiple cameras both film and digital, this gallery is just the pics from my Minolta 700si using my Minolta 35-80mm auto zoom lens on Fuji Superia Xtra 400iso film. This lot of photos is actually from after we left the foreshore and went into town for coffee.
This Canon Ex-Auto is Lisa’s parents camera that they bought back in 1972 for their trip through Europe and the Middle east. Just before Christmas they brought it down out of the closet after many years of just living hidden away on a shelve. So I cleaned it off and had it serviced by my good friend Max, and Lisa and I threw a fresh roll of Fuji Superia Xtra 400iso through it, with outstanding results.
I believe this is what is known as a “wind” on, at the start of a roll of film.
The next few are from in and around Joondalup.
After leaving Joondalup we noticed a great sunset, so we raced to the coast to get some shots.
This is my best mate ‘Dengis’.
These are some crazy sculptures in a suburb up north of us.
This series is the first test roll of Fuji Superia Xtra 400iso I put through my Minolta 500si using my Minolta 35-70 F3.5-4.5 zoom.
Just taken round the house and down the local park.
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The rest of these were taken on a walk down the local park. In the end there were these huge flocks of these Pink & Grey Galahs, I was so drawn to shooting them.
This is one of my favourite shots the I have ever captured.
After having GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) in my many other hobbies, namely music and fish keeping, my newly found love of acquiring old manual lenses to go in front of my Nex5 quickly led to my newly re-found love of shooting film on my growing collection of film cameras. At first just wanting to get out and shoot and not really too fussed about the results, I just bought general purpose 400iso film. Being the junky for comparisons that I am, I bought 10 rolls each of fuji superia, kodak ultramax& agfa vist. Haha
Wanting to shoot some b&w, I also procured some kentmere 400 b&w.
This is 7 shots taken on my Minolta 700si using the 35-70mm auto zoom lens on Kodak Ultramax 400iso film, then stitched together. (click image for larger size)
Now, I had the cameras and I had some film all I needed now was somewhere to get my film processed. I did the ring-a-round and found a local place that would develop my c-41 (standard 35mm neg. colour developer) film for me. Unfortunately I realised too late the kentmere was not c-41, so I ordered some ilford xp2.
I have now shot a few rolls of my diff. 400iso colour films, with some great coloured sunsets in the evening low-light, but they were rather washed out in broad daylight. The fuji had the finest grain, but is a little colder in palette. The kodak is warmer with chunkier grain and the agfa is down the middle if not a little burnt looking.
Examples can be found in previous posts:
A day of shooting: Kings Park on film cameras, digital cameras, even our phones!
Minolta X700: Unexpected great old performer.
Canon Ex-1 Auto: First test roll
Film: Roll 2 comes back… Fuji vs Kodak
Film: A return to a long lost love!
So, I ordered some slide film, a couple of rolls of Fuji provia, a couple of Fuji velvia, a few of Kodak elite chrome and a few Agfa precisia, I look forward to their results. However, knowing my local developer only processes c-41, I knew I needed to sort out somewhere that would do slide and b&w as well. So on the weekend I went out and shots some more 400iso colour, which confirmed my suspicions about it washing out in full sun, but I also shot a roll of the kentmere to force myself to find somewhere that could process it, so I could test it. After looking around I found somewhere, they are however a fair distance away and charge $31 for developing and scan to disc, compared to the $12 I pay at my local for c-41 developing and scan to disc. I will still use my kentmere and slide films…just sparingly as the development is over twice what c-41 costs me.
I then remembered I had seen examples of kadak ektar which was very sharp, vibrant and had fine grain. So I started looking into higher grade c-41 films for shooting and getting better results…in the end I ordered 17 rolls of Kodak ektar 100, 10 of Fuji pro160s, 15 of kodak prophotoxl 100 and 10 rolls of Kodak portra and of course some more xp2!!
Now, hopefully I should get much nicer results in daylight…however I am also going to have half a fridge full of film! Haha
Is anyone else as bad as me? If so what is your favourite of these more professional grade c-41 films?
I will keep you all posted on my results.
Here are some of the shots I took on various 400iso colour film down on the river fore shore and in Perth on the w/e:
This is the second stitch I took on this day:
This is 7 shots taken on my Minolta 700si using the 35-70mm auto zoom lens on Agfa Vista Plus 400iso film, then stitched together. (click image for larger size)
This is the first roll of Kodak ultramax 400 I shot. The last pic is from at home after loading the film, the rest are from the southern foreshore of the Swan River. This roll was shot on my Minolta 700si with the 35-70mm auto zoom lens.
This is the second roll of Kodak ultramax 400 I shot. The last 6 pics are from at home after loading the film, the rest are from the southern foreshore of the Swan River. This roll was shot on my Minolta 500si with the 35-80mm auto zoom lens.
This is the 3rd roll I shot. It is Agfa Vista Plus 400. This film is impressing me more and more, the longer I review the images. It’s colour is excellent, as is it’s grain profile for 400 speed consumer grade film. This roll was shot on my Minolta 700si with the 35-70mm auto zoom lens.
This is the 3rd roll I shot. It is Fuji Superia Xtra 400. This film is quite impressive too for 400 speed consumer film. However, I find it’s palette to be much cooler. This roll was shot on my Minolta 500si with the 35-80mm auto zoom lens.
I also shot a roll on Kentmere B&W film in my 700si about town, but until I can find a good non c-41 film developer. Those images will have to be shown another day.
I feel from these you can see what I was talking about by the colours being ever so slightly washed out and the highlights are blown in many of these shots taken under our harsh Aussie sun. I am hoping by trying a few of the nice lower iso films I will correct these two issues and create even better images. Though the 400iso did perform well in the lower light scenarios. It makes me beg the question as to whether I should also have a camera loaded with 400iso as well as another loaded with a lower iso, just so I cover all my bases.
I will share my results with you guys and I welcome any thoughts on films to try.
A few weeks ago Lisa and I were stuck for something to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Feeling like getting out of the house, and Lisa wanting to participate in the Panorama challenge on her Tadaa iPhone app, we decided to go to Kings park for a morning of shooting.
This shot was taken on my Minolta 700si using Fuji Superia 35mm film
I hadn’t been to Kings Park in a few years. I instantly fell in love with the place all over again after only moments of starting to walk around the beautiful gardens. I had to try taking some nice stitches with the Nex5, the setting was just too beautiful, even if the day was a tad overcast.
Of course half the point of coming was so Lisa could shoot some stitches on her iPhone using the Auto Stitch app. So we took turns in snapping a few off.
I could not leave my little Motorola Defy out of the party. The battery was dying (surprise, surprise) So I only took one using my Photaf image stitching app. for Android.
Always keeping my Minolta 500si and 700si loaded for just such occasions I could not help myself but to snap of a roll or 2 of Fuji Superia 35mm film in both.
Minolta 500si on Fuji Superia
Minolta 700si on Fuji Superia
I could not leave out the good old Nex5 could I? Of course not so I also shot some with my Minolta 45mm F2 manual lens and my Kenlock 135mm F2.8 manual lens. With some great results.
Minolta 45mm f2 manual lens
Kenlock 135mm F2.8 manual lens
All in all it was a very good day out for us and great day of shooting… it’s was made even that bit better as I picked up my Pentax KX when we dropped in the films for developing after this.
Some of you may remember my post a few weeks ago talking about my re-found love of shooting film again and how I looked forward to shooting the Canon Ex-auto as one of those cameras. Well Lisa and I finally finished the roll of film last Saturday and I finally have the first test roll of Fuji Superior back. I was just hoping the shots worked at first and was not expecting anything special. But having a quick peruse now I am pleasantly surprised. The colour rendition seems quite good for a 1972 camera and it still shoots and focus’ great. It does seem to have a little trouble with anything a significant distance away and also things that are reasonably close. I would not say this camera is exceedingly sharp, but I would not say it is soft either. However it does seem a tad slow for a 50mm 1.8 lens, which it has mounted. The battery I also believe was dead, which is no big deal except that all these shots then were taken wide open. I look forward to shooting another test roll in the future with the battery replaced and compare the outcome when I can stop it down a little.
These shots were taken around Joondalup and the last few from up past Butler. I think this camera would be excellent for portraits.