Friday, 13 April 2012

Only 8.1 Megapixels...

Nikon Coolpix P50: F4.8 ~ 1/306
ISO-64 ~ 13mm
...and doesn't it show?

Grabbed a friend's old (ish) Coolpix P50 with 'only' 8.1 megapixels, vibration reduction, ISO 2000 and a 'wide' 3.6x zoom going from 28 to 102mm. Only 8.1? Hah! I remember being so excited when I got my hands on a ONE megapixel camera - SUCH an advance on my first 300,000 one - an old Kodak I think it was. So excited. Then we moved up to three megapixels and then it really took off, as we slowly but surely approached the threshold of SLR-like quality.

Now I think we can safely say we're there to all intents and purposes, for a fairly affordable sum.

So, 8.1 megapixels to play with, and what is the first thing I see? A film of grease and grime over the little lens that would make a Scottish deep-fried Mars Bar vendor laugh...

Taken with an iPhone 3GS
I love these people who seem to think that a good clean of the lens involved licking their thumb and rubbing it across the lens a few times then rubbing it off with an old tissue found at the bottom of some grimy pocket.

And they can't understand why all their pictures are blurred.

Anyway, here's a couple of pics of my dog, Dasco, straight out of the camera more or less, with no post processing, not even a blip of sharpening, and he's looking pretty good.

I had a more blurred one of my little son which was vetoed by the executive committee, but it was much softer.

Nikon Coolpix P50: F4.8 ~ 1/243
ISO-166 ~ 13mm
This might have been due to him moving though (and oh boy does he move!) and also the sun behind him causing flare but it's actually quite nice!

Taken with an iPhone 3GS
Here, I'll give you a censored version, to get the idea of what I'm on about. Obviously the face wasn't as blurred as it is here, I'll give Nikon that ;~S

Checking out the latest Coolpix models I see that the norm is about 16 megapixels, so the times have moved on a bit since this model came out.

Nikon Coolpix P50: F4.8 ~ 1/127
ISO-139 ~ 13mm
Do we really need all these little light spots? Well that's something I'll certainly be talking about, but not here. In a future article: the pros and cons of mega mega-pixels.

In the mean time let me leave you with another picture of this nice little camera, and Dasco, with a promise to cover all the settings on all the buttons and dials before the year's out. Maybe! That would be a good start anyway.

And maybe I'll try out a few instalments of my new street photography course on you guys too - any takers?

And why not...

* Sab Will runs Photo and Curios Tours in Paris, and also manages a variety of Paris and photography-themed sites and blogs. He writes an illustrated Paris Chronicle every day, runs a Meetup group for Paris lovers, interviews Paris personalities and reviews Paris books (on this blog), and even contributes to the city's street art (shh), so feel free to browse some of the links below and in the right-hand column to find out more about what he gets up to out there...

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