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And I now have a point-and-shoot camera…

June 6, 2011, 11:56 PM

So I now have four active cameras in my arsenal. I have my real camera, a Canon Powershot SX10 IS. Then I have my waterproof camera, Duckie, a Vivitar ViviCam 6200W. Then I have my cell phone, a Motorola Droid. And now I have a fourth: a point-and-shoot, a Canon Powershot A800. It’s there for when I want to take pictures of stuff in instances when my main camera is unavailable or impractical, like when I’m commuting to and from work, etc. This is something that I can put in my work bag or my pocket, and won’t need its own bag like the Canon. This is the kind of stuff that I would otherwise use my cell phone camera for (making this more of an upgrade over the cell phone camera), but I want to do better quality and have a little more control. This new camera is 10 megapixel, which is the same as my real camera. Thus this one slots between my real camera and Duckie.

And the acceptance testing went as well as one might expect. I’ve used Canon point-and-shoot cameras before, and so this was simply a matter of testing the camera to verify that everything was indeed as I thought it would be, and then declaring the camera ready for operational use.

For the acceptance testing, I shot photos of my apartment:

My Skeletoes walking shoes, waiting to be packed up again for Tuesday.
My Skeletoes walking shoes, waiting to be packed up again for Tuesday.

My Sharp Carousel microwave, which replaced a malfunctioning Emerson microwave a few weeks ago.
My Sharp Carousel microwave, which replaced a malfunctioning Emerson microwave a few weeks ago.

My computer workstation. This is where it all happens, folks. And my chair, almost eight years old now, looks every minute of it. The camera on top of the monitor is what I use to record Video Journals.
My computer workstation. This is where it all happens, folks. And my chair, almost eight years old now, looks every minute of it. The camera on top of the monitor is what I use to record Video Journals.

Exercise bike. We're not presently on speaking terms, but I suppose I should occasionally give it a spin, as I can imagine an occasion when both walking and the pool are infeasible.
Exercise bike. We’re not presently on speaking terms, but I suppose I should occasionally give it a spin, as I can imagine an occasion when both walking and the pool are infeasible.

My freezer. Notice the large stash of vegetables. Compare to this photo from Duckie's acceptance testing, and this photo from the Kodak's acceptance testing. I am taking my doctor's advice seriously! No more bagged chicken, and no more frozen pizzas! I don't eat that junk anymore.
My freezer. Notice the large stash of vegetables. Compare to this photo from Duckie’s acceptance testing, and this photo from the Kodak’s acceptance testing. I am taking my doctor’s advice seriously! No more bagged chicken, and no more frozen pizzas! I don’t eat that junk anymore.

And if you’re wondering how the video works, here you go:

Around here, it’s a tradition dating back to Big Mavica to test the video function of a new digital camera with a song from Today’s Special. I tested Big Mavica, Duckie, and the Kodak (twice!) with “Yo He Ho”. Then I tested the Canon twice: once with “Chef Beyond Compare” from Food and then again with “When Night Is Done” from Bedtime. And now I can add “What Do You Hear With Your Ears” to the list for the point-and-shoot Canon. I should do a Video Journal where I sing these songs again, this time in front of the camera. I could certainly have fun with “Yo He Ho”.

But all in all, I believe that the new camera has passed its acceptance testing. Look for stuff from it on the Web site in the days to come.

Web site: Review of the Canon A800

Song: Take your pick of acceptance testing songs, I suppose.

Quote: And meanwhile, at least for now, the new camera is getting carried around in the yellow neoprene case intended for Duckie. I never used it for Duckie (since Duckie lives in Big Mavica's old bag with the Canon), but it certainly holds the new camera quite well!

Categories: Cameras