by Marc Jutras
The S10 is way better than the A5 and much better than the
S100 (better image and much more features). When I shopped for a
digicam last Fall, I read everything I could on he Net. I was considerring
the Nikon CP900 and the Olympus C2000Z, the top ones
at the time. But I didn't like the price tag...
came the S10. At 300 to 400$CAN less, it was worth considerring.
After I read the reviews which stated, with proofs, that the image
was better than the Nikon and Olympus, especially in darker areas,
I decided to go for it. I also love the size and the red light to
aid focusing in darkness (I love shooting at night).
I could easilly live with the 2X zoom as I'm used to work with fixed
wide angle lenses.
6 months with my S10, I'm still extremely happy with it. I wouldn't
go with the S20 though as it seems to have problems with image quality
(as many 3MP cameras). I love the fact that I can carry it all the
time (I got a LowePro S&F pouch 20).
In fact, in my 18 years of photography, I've never had so much fun
taking pictures. And I'm taking so many! I estimate that I save
around 700.00$CAN in films and processing since January. Not bad!
to what people say, I don't have so much problems with the flash.
It's not that bad. When shooting indoors, like a party, I sometimes
push the Gain to +2 and it works well for longer shots, as long
as you keep the final image rather small (640x480).
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I shoot in Manual mode.
I tend to set the white balance manually as the auto WB is not always
right, especially in tungsten situations.
The new firmware (126.96.36.199) changed the speed from 1/15 to 1/30 and
forces the Auto WB when using the flash. This works really well.
I shot the World Cup race (see
home page), I set the camera on Image mode (fast shutter speed)
and used the flash. The speeds were between 1/500 and 1/750 (even
if the flash was forced). This is very good.
Note that the so called wimpy flash performed perfectly in that
situation (see the pics,
#4 and up). The only drawback was the shuter lag which made
me loose many shots (empty frames). I decided to press a little
bit before the shot was perfect and zoom out a bit. I cropped the
images back home.
But action shots are not my daily stuff.
shooting at a party, I use the flash all the way. GET A SECOND BATTERY
RIGHT AWAY! At last week's party, I took 75 pics (800x600 with flash
and LCD to check the resuts). People in parties like to see the
result too. I was able to shoot my 75 shots, show the pics to people,
erase about 10 shots (so I took around 85) and had enough juice
to look extensively at the pics in the car on my way back. I didn't
go completely through the second battery. The first one let me down
after around 60 shots.
BTW, I have a 48Mb card (from 31 1600x1200 max quality pics to 384
800x600 lower quality pics).
I use the flash in sunlight. It's a technique I adopted during
my pro years. It may look a bit unnatural from time to time but
it deals with the harsh shadows really well.
that sometimes, when I'm 6 feet and less and in direct sunlight,
the "wimpy" flash is just too strong ;-) and I need to underexpose
by 1/3 or 2/3. But it saves a lot of shots.
shooting at night, I use either the Manual mode or Image mode (slow
shutter speed). For each new scene, I turn on the LCD and choose
the WB I want.
Sometimes, I use Sunlight to get the the pinky cast of the street
lights (home page gallery
The tungsten WB gave a perfectly balanced white light which I didn't
like. It didn't render the pinky light like I see it.
indoors shots, if I can, I use Manual mode without flash and setting
the WB manually according to the predominant light source (lamp
or nearby window). It gives beautifull smooth images. This is when
digicams are simply great.
The magic of the CCD comes out and gives you results you wouldn't
dream of with a 35 SLR. You'd need a huge set of filters and even
then, you wouldn't know excatly how it will end up.