with my new camera today and I really do quite like it. Considering it wasn't massively expensive it has a mass of great functions for the novice like me to play with (connecting to wifi is fab, as is being able to log directly on to my FB and Picasa, as well as being able to connect to my phone so if I don't have wifi I can still upload my photos via my phone).
The remote function is fab and allows you to take a photo using your phone as a remote viewer; I found this worked brilliantly when I wanted to take a pic of the underneath of a flower. Had I not been able to use my phone as a remote viewer I wouldn't have been able to take the photo because of the position it was in with regards to the flower bed; for that option alone it's so worth the money.
What camera did I get? A samsung WB250F It's a neat little compact camera but with 14 mp and an 18x optical zoom it does exactly what I want it to do and more. I like to take a close up.. it lets me do that
If I want to do a panoramic; it lets me do that too
As for the zoom.. I took this photo from 9.2 miles away (The spinnaker tower is my reference point for it).. I'm more than happy with it that's for sure
I wasn't actually after a new camera, but when I had my week off I noticed mine was playing up a bit and it got worse; turns out there was a lens issue and it was cheaper to buy a new one than get mine sorted (I had a really expensive one too which is a real pain in the arse). Now I don't normally use a camera much (I'm not really one for taking photos) but I am thinking long term too and as I am off to the USA next October (sounds a long way off but the way time flies it will be here soon enough) I looked into one that will do what I want it to do over there too (I am going to have some pretty amazing photos ops when I'm there and it will be nice to know I will have a camera that will back up what I can see).
On the subject of the USA the company I am going to be using have the dates up; so far only for the tours that aren't for singles but I am guessing they will be the same date for those of us that don't have a travel companion and will be going it alone. It does really PISS ME OFF though that it will cost me £800 more to go as a singleton; for that sort of money I'd just as well put another 1k to it and pay for a mate to come along. The annoying thing is when you get a quote for a hotel you pay for the ROOM not how many people will be in there so how they can justify that extra is beyond me but my choices are very limited. I even asked an ex the other day if he fancied coming; I'd have paid the extra for him so he would have got the whole trip for 1k which is peanuts for a 17 day USA tour but he wasn't interested. Still; I have a month or 2 until I have to pay the deposit, so who knows what may happen by then. Still if any of you just happen to end up on the same trip as me, be sure to say Hello. :O)
The other thing I did today was set up an FB page for home.. hahahaha.. I went to tag a photo as being here and it wouldn't let me unless I set up an actual page, so that's what I did. I will admit to cheating; on the maps page I picked an address roughly 5 miles from home (well I don't want random weirdo's to find me) but that's close enough for what I want it for.