My Devices

Devices All Three

Some of you have wondered what cameras I use for my photos.

I have three, but mostly use my little point and click Canon.

Canon Digital IXUS  95 IS

With a resolution of 10 Megapixels and a 3.0 optical zoom lens.

Devices Canon 1

Although it is quite old now, it is extremely forgiving and takes decent pictures no matter what I ask of it. You can see that the poor thing has been dropped a few times, resulting in the dents in the zoom.

Devices Canon 2

It somehow manages to take a shot in focus even if the subject is moving, or more usually, I am moving! It automatically adjusts for light and speed.

And it fits nicely in my pocket!

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I also have a better quality Nikon camera.

NIKON D3100  

With a resolution of 14.2 Megapixels and a 3.0 optical zoom lens (the same zoom as the Canon.)

Devices Nikon 1

It takes much better photos, but even on Auto (which I mostly use!) is not very forgiving. I have to have a very steady hand, make sure I am not too close to the subject and that the subject does not move.

Devices Nikon 2

I’ve played around with the settings on semi-auto, to get better close ups with more bokeh. I select the aperture (f stop) and the Nikon selects the shutter speed (ISO).

Yes I can hear you laughing at me! Never mind, I have fun taking my photos.

You can see a selection of Nikon photos, from when I was learning to use the camera, in my Nikon-ography series.

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Then there is my Samsung Galaxy Smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy J3 2016

The camera has a resolution of 8 Megapixels. Zooming in does not improve the quality of the photo.

Devices Galaxy 1

However, there is the Selfie option, with the added bonus of a “Beauty” setting. If you set this to the maximum, you won’t have any wrinkles at all!

Devices Galaxy 2

I really like the colour in these photos and the camera is also fairly forgiving.

But – and this is a very big but – you have to have a very steady hand! I have taken countless blurred photos because the technique I use with my Canon simply does not work with my Galaxy. You cannot point and click and walk away with a decent photo. You have to point, click and hold while the camera phone focuses, then either wait for it to finally take the shot, or click again.

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So there you have it. Three ways I take my amazing (ahem!) photos. Each has its strengths and weaknesses and I choose the device according to the shot I’m trying to achieve.


26 thoughts on “My Devices

  1. Bertie and Croc's adventures

    I love my Samsung galaxy phone camera, although mines an s4 I think so slightly quicker on the focus 😉 it’s a bit old now though and does take some time to wake up, bit like me. I’ve also got my lovely canon DSLR. Have you considered upgrading the lens on your nikon? Most people think it’s about the camera but it’s actually all about the lenses 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you for your input. 😀
      Yes, I do need to invest in a zoom lens for my Nikon, but wanted to get more comfortable with the camera first. Basically I’m just lazy and it is easier to grab my point and click Canon off the table, than dig my Nikon out of the cupboard, where I store/hide it, and put the battery in! 😀


  2. A Curious Introvert

    Thanks for sharing the equipment behind your amazing photos and I still get mad when I spend so much time on my camera settings and quickly switch over to auto to discover a much better photo!!


    1. scifihammy Post author

      I can’t speak for others, but for myself, I often don’t fully understand your post and rather than not comment time and again, I do admire your lovely photos. 🙂

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Nice – and Yes I have to remember to turn up the screen brightness on my phone or else I can’t see a thing! 😀
      My devices were gifts too – lucky me! 😀

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  3. long4h2o

    If you hear laughter, it’s because we are laughing with you and at ourselves. I know what you mean regarding the DSLR’s as I spend more time tinkering with the gear than focusing on the subject. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. pgraysurvival

    Number two looks like ours (whoop’s) I mean SWMBO’s.
    The Nikon I can only dream about.
    My tiny little STK PAYG phone took pictures until I bought SWMBO the next size up and my dinky sized memory card was transferred to her phone. Ho hum.

    But there is a little good news!
    I got a new pencil sharpener to add to my Pencil and Pad so I can still sketch things.
    But only in glorious shades of grey. 🙂

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  5. oldmainer

    An interesting tour. I am barely photo literate. Often have my thumb in the picture. Just found out my phone camera allows me to “zoom” so to speak. Every day I wake up in a new world:)

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  6. Murphy's Law

    I just sit here enjoying the wonderful photos you share with us. Now I will consider how you came to the decision to use one particular camera over the other two. And I’ll wonder how many actual shots you took until you got it just right. I will enjoy and appreciate your photos even more now that I have an insight to what takes place “behind the scenes” !
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Aw Thank you very much. 😀
      I think my record number of shots was trying to capture swallows flying over head – it was in the hundreds! 😀
      Mostly I just use my Canon as it is easier, but sometimes I’m out with only my phone, so the choice is already made! 😀


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