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    New Camera

    If it ain't one thing, it's another! My six year old digital camera (Sony) gave up the ghost lately and I won't bore you with how. It was only a 4 megapixel model and one of my complaints with it has always been the required delay between shots. I decided to buy one that's a little faster (sometimes called "instant shoot" I guess) and that uses standard batteries as well since I'm tired of buying expensive batteries when I'm such an occasional photog. I settled on this one which arrived today: Canon PowerShot A1000 IS 10 Megapixel Digital Camera. Since, as with most, it only comes with a 32 meg memory stick, I bought a couple of 4 gig Kingston cards, one for the camera and one for my "pocket spare" just in case.

    Out of the box initial "test" is OK and I have made a few pix onto one of the 4 gig cards, only to discover that my existing external USB card reader DOES NOT support SDHC cards! It's always something, isn't it? I guess I'll visit my ol' buddies at Cyberguys and buy one of these: Cyberguys.com - Epraizer UP-850 62 in 1 SIM Card Reader Black. 62-in-1 oughta get it, do ya think, especially since SDHC is in the list! Just another routine day in the world of technology, huh?

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    Re: New Camera

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by DaveA on 13-Nov-08 14:27. )</P>Have you tried just plugging the camera and using Windows Explore see the camera?

    I just checked you link and it says
    "Computer Interface: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (mini-B jack) "
    so just using the USB cable should allow you to use Windows Explorer.

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    Re: New Camera

    Good point, Dave, and I haven't got that far yet but I will in just a few minutes. Yeah, the camera does have a USB "port" and Canon provided a cable, so I'll give it a try. But, I just like to have a card reader for the "convenience" and ease of pulling out the memory stick and reading it in to the computer. I've also on occasion helped someone with other card formats to put pix on CDs and so on, so it's nice to have a reader attached to the PC. Thanks.

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    Re: New Camera

    Works like a charm, Dave, thanks again. Just as a test, I connected the Canon provided cable with the camera powered off. As soon as I turned the camera ON, Windows Explorer "saw" it immediately as in this attachment. I copied my first few test pix to the hard drive in about one or two seconds and they're pretty large images with this camera (3,648 x 2,736 pixels). I think I'll lower that default to something a little more (or less!) in line with my modest needs. The 4 gig cards should MORE than take care of my amateur shooting.

    Now, on to learning more about how to work the darn thing...
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    Re: New Camera

    Hi Al,

    I came across the same thing when I updated recently from my Canon A30 to a Panasonic Lumix. The 32Mb card included in the purchase was not going to do for me for very long, so I went the whole hog and bought an 8Gb card.

    And then had to buy the new card reader. I did this willingly, because I carry both the camera and reader with me at all times. I use the camera frequently for all manner of work things (serious and fun) and like the ability to read directly to the computer without having to install camera drivers on each.

    Best of fun learning to play with the new camera. But just remember when you send your images to your loved ones that you reduce the size of them first. Even with broadband connections, many people don't like their bandwidth taken up with large image downloads in emails.

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    Re: New Camera

    Good points. Yes, I DO always resize any images I send to people to something small enough to "fit on screen" like 1,024 x 768 or so. The only reason I even keep the higher resolution copies is that it makes for cleaner resizing to smaller sizes for hard copies, etc. Cameras are fun, aren't they? I don't know how we got by before digital came along!

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    Re: New Camera

    I u/l a "camera" utility a few weeks back, because my new camera didn't come with software.
    <post:=738,286>post 738,286</post:>
    I have a slightly newer version ...

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    Re: New Camera

    Thanks for the offer, Chris, but "software" isn't necessary. See <post:=742,499>post 742,499</post:> above to Dave. Maybe someone else needs it.

    Besides which, I'm in the minority who no longer use MS Word and Open Office Writer won't deal with MS's macros in its native form.

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    Re: New Camera

    >I don't know how we got by before digital came along!
    Just like we get along now without the implanted telephones that are on their way (hooray!).

    You're right about DigCams.
    I found my self yesterday taking a photo of my pencil-and-paper notes of preparation for an application, solely to put an image in the notes that accompany a video training course. How geeky can you get?
    I wanted to show whoever was watching the (Camtasia screen) video that I really, really do sketch out my ideas with paper and pencil before committing them to computer-ese.

    But it seemed so natural to take a photo and paste it straight into the course notes .....

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    Re: New Camera

    You'll want to purchase a graphics tablet next Chris... that way you can sketch your ideas on a piece of 'virtual paper', and have it in the computer right away.
    Christopher Baldrey

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    Re: New Camera

    >You'll want to purchase a graphics tablet

    $2?

    Where's Jezza when I need him .....

    ... also who has some spare dog-tags. I don't need a dog.
    or a hand-towel.
    I've got a cat .....

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    Re: New Camera

    Scanners work well for this type of thing, and you get a better image.

    Sorry,Al, for keeping up the "HiJacking" <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: New Camera

    Make sure that you check this out on BOTH XP and Vista?

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    Re: New Camera

    >you get a better image.
    I agree, but in this case I wanted to emphasize that "this is how I work, at my desk, like this".
    Clarity of what was written wasn't as important as the "'atmosphere" or scene.

    I do like the idea of screwing around with the touch pad, though. (<post:=742,645>post 742,645</post:>)
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    Re: New Camera

    > Sorry,Al, for keeping up the "HiJacking"

    No sweat!
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