New camera

After much procrastination, I got a new camera. It’s a Canon IXUS 115, to replace the old Canon A70 I got way back in 2003. The old one still just about works (with minor problems), so I figured Canon was deserving of my loyalty. (My 4-ish year old Canon MP610 printer/scanner is going strong too.)

At the time I bought it, I thought the A70 was small. This is much smaller — about as small as I’d want. I did consider getting an SLR (the EOS1100 with lens is only about $500 now through Kogan), but decided I wanted portability over super-dooper features. And the IXUS 115 has quite a few features anyway, including slow-motion movie recording, which already the kids and I have been having fun with.

Back when I bought the A70, it was at JB Hifi through a friend of a friend who worked there. Coincidentally I did this again — at a different JB Hifi, through different friends. Said friend of friend admitted that Canon’s build quality isn’t as good as it once was — the race to cost-cut makes this inevitable I suppose — but at a third of the price of the old camera, and demonstrably better photos (well, eight years later, it’d have to be, wouldn’t it) I’m still happy with it so far. Will be interesting to see if it lasts as long.

Here’s a selection of photos taken at lunchtime yesterday, all using the Auto setting — haven’t figured out all the controls yet.

Bourke Street
(Zoom) — This one was at maximum optical zoom, cropped, sharpened and darkened a tad.

Southern Cross Station
(Zoom) — Just a crop and slight sharpen on this one.

RACV building, Bourke Street
(Zoom) — Just cropped.

By the way, what a shame Flickr isn’t a bit more flexible with its embedding. The 640 pixels across size is great for me using this blog template, but it has problems with it if the photo is taller than it is wide (as two of these are) — then it gives you the choice by height instead, so you only get 640 pixels across if the photo height is 1.6 times the width (eg you’re choosing 1024 pixels high).

Time to go shopping

Both my digital camera and my electric shaver are on their last legs, in need of replacement.

I don’t think either has done too badly.

The Canon A70 camera was bought in April 2003, and from memory cost me about $600 at the time. The technology has got better and cheaper, and I expect a replacement (hell yes I’ll get another Canon) will cost about a third of that amount, and certainly won’t require 4 AA batteries to run.

The Philishave 6867 shaver was, as I recall, bought in 2002. From memory it cost a bit under $200. It too has gone the distance, though a couple of years ago the battery started misbehaving, making it necessary to shave while plugged into the mains. Now however one of the heads has broken, so it’s at two-thirds capacity.

Sadly Choice magazine hasn’t reviewed men’s shavers since 2004, but I’d happily buy Philips again.

Also in the land of consumerism, I invested in two bananas yesterday. At $11.98/kg, the two of them cost $4.65. Ouch. Tasty though.

Oh yeah, I also have to buy new shoes. I hate buying shoes.