[Gllug] digital camera
abower at thebowery.co.uk
Thu Jul 11 21:34:18 UTC 2002
On Thu, Jul 11, 2002 at 10:04:04PM +0100, Alain Williams wrote:
Ok, I just got a Canon powershot A40 from amazon where it is on offer for 200
quid atm (rrp 260). Takes AA batteries which is a + but you will most likely
want to get a NiMH charger which will be around 20 quid including batteries.
The camera is about the same size as a medium sized 35mm compact but quite
heavy as it has 4AAs in it. Oh also the A40 allows you to add a wide angle
lens adaptor (24mm equiv) and also a telephoto adaptor (300mm i think) which
are about 80 quid each so it is nice and flexible.
Main problem at the moment is to make it work under Linux I will need to modify
part of the source for gphoto but then it is the case of adding the USB id so I
guess support will be coming soon in gphoto. Of course you could always get a
USB compact flash reader and do it that way.
The camera also does exposure compensation and lets you set shutter manually
and apeture but this is fixed at either f2.8-45 and f8-14 at 35mm and 105mm
respectively, oh and it has a macro mode.
> * What is the 'speed' of a digital camera, in terms that I can understand -- ie an ASA rating ?
the canon A40 does ISO 50 - 100 - 200 and 400.
> * What is the equivalent of focal length (ie zoom/wide_angle) for these things ?
35 - 105 mm equivalent
> * What format do these things tend deliver pictures (gif/jpg/...) ?
jpg on mine.
> * They seem to have memory cards that you plug in, what standards are there ?
smart media or compact flash, i just bought 128Mb of compact flash that will do
about 128 1600x1200 pictures on it for about 35 quid as the supplied 8Mb is a
> * Suggestions for where to get one - say Dixons & I will come & thump you.
Amazon for the A40 at the moment as i havn't seen it cheaper than 200 quid.
> * Any other questions ?
ummmm, i sound like a Canon advert atm....
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