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I bought a new camera today - Journal of Omnifarious

Mar. 21st, 2005

11:40 pm - I bought a new camera today

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I bought a new camera today. I've been wanting a digital SLR for awhile, and it doesn't look like the other technology I'm really interested in is going to happen soon.

The other technology is a new sensor chip that's layered with a layer for each color. Current chips have a little pattern on their surface where each spot only senses one color. This can lead to interesting little (though barely noticeable most of the time) artifacts because it's guessing colors from the color of the surrounding pixels.

Anyway, this new camera is the Nikon D70. It's a 6 megapixel camera, and several review sites rank it more highly than the new 8 megapixel Canon Digital Rebel XT.

I took some test shots out my window today, and thought I'd share them all with you.

Each picture here links to the much larger picture that I originally downloaded from the camera. I also use Coral, so the pictures may load slowly, or may not load the first time.


















Current Mood: [mood icon] enthralled
Current Music: In the Absence of Sun - Duncan Sheik (The Saint)

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From:mysticalforest
Date:March 22nd, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
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Ha! We bought a new camera just Sunday! Details (such as they are) on my blog....
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From:eqe
Date:March 22nd, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the pics... I think I want one of those (was strongly considering the Rebel), so keep me posted. Er, so to speak.
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From:omnifarious
Date:March 22nd, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
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I can't give you any firsthand account of how it stacks up against the Rebel, since I don't own a Rebel now. But I assume you've been able to find some of the same reviews I have.

It seems to be working well so far, and reading through the manual tells me that the features and settings are (for the most part) easier to get at than they were on my old Olympus C-3040. I can also tell that the quality of the autofocus engine, the various other pieces of electronics and software, and the optics are all much better than that camera too.

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From:eqe
Date:March 23rd, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
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Well, I'm mostly just looking at this as a way of watching you use your new toy, seeing if I want one too. :) So keep posting!
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From:omnifarious
Date:March 23rd, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
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I'll have to post the pictures I took that have big aliasing problems. I should try taking the same picture with my C-3040 and see what I get. The aliasing problem is something that exists with all digital cameras, and it gets covered up by the image processing software.

The Nikon can also take pictures in 'raw' mode. In that mode, it basically stores the direct 12 bit reading from each sensor. It has no color information at all. The has to be inferred from the location of the sensor. It's interesting to play with, but I'm not sure if the state of the art of Linux image processing software is up to deal with it well yet or not. That, in fact, may be the source of the aliasing problems I see with these recent pictures.

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From:lunasoleil
Date:March 22nd, 2005 06:56 am (UTC)
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Nice pics :) The buildings outside your window need a good scrubbing tho ;)
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From:omnifarious
Date:March 22nd, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)
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I should take pictures of the really ugly church right outside my window.

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From:ladon13
Date:March 22nd, 2005 09:46 am (UTC)
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Is it just me or do the olympics look like they got some powder this week?
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From:0xx_diana_xx0
Date:March 22nd, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
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nice pictures. how much did the cam cost? oh, and what does SLR stand for anyways?
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From:omnifarious
Date:March 22nd, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
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With a camera case, a 1G compact flash card, and an extra battery, it came to $1675. I will hopefully be getting a $200 rebate.

SLR
Single-lens reflex
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From:0xx_diana_xx0
Date:March 22nd, 2005 10:02 pm (UTC)
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ooo...expensive. photography is so much fun.
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From:omnifarious
Date:March 22nd, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
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*chuckle* And expensive!

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