That flower is tiny. Like, maybe, an inch across. And there was a wind. And I was using the macro feature, and I think my hands were shaking, and there might have been someone screaming something in my ear about wanting my wallet… and, if my notes are right, I’m pretty sure my 2.5-year old son was repeatedly bashing my genitals with his dump truck.
But, in the end, the photo came out in focus. How? Dual image stabilizers that work. Which is completely opposite from the DIS in the Fuji BlAh240, which I experimented with a few weeks ago, and was designed by people who hate people.
The Canon has all of the regular features that come standard with every camera today — portrait, face recognition, macro, blah, blah, blah. But it also comes with so many more incredible little weird settings, a couple of which I’ll probably use frequently, but most of which I’ll never use again.
Some of the results from testing are below (left to right, top to bottom): toy car (top third, bottom third out of focus), vivid colour, colour desaturation (focus on one colour, everything else is b/w), toy camera (burnt out edges), slow synchro flash (my favourite) and fish eye.
I don’t like using software to modify an image, unless I’m specifically making a design or art of some kind, so I doubt I’ll ever scar an image with the fish eye. But they are fun ways to keep the kids interested in the camera, and taking photos.
…the weirdest setting is “underwater”, which modifies the aperture and adds a special filter which (apparently) makes it possible to get a clear image while shooting underwater. Which is great, except the camera isn’t even water resistant to the depth of a sweaty shirt.