My Digital Camera
All of the pictures shown on this website were taken from a Canon
PowerShot A40 Digital Camera. I just picked it up a few days before I
got started on the Layout phase. With today's 10 megapixel cameras, its nothing now, but
back in the day when 2 megapixel cameras
were the top of the line, it was quite an amazing little
camera. I'm definitely not a photographer. I'm not into
messing with f-stops and aperture settings and exposure timing, etc. I
just like to be able to point and shoot. My main reason for getting the
camera was so I could quickly turn around pictures and get them onto the website
within hours of completing a phase.
I'm not quite there yet (more because
of laziness rather than the camera), but the camera has served me quite well.
One nice little feature that comes with most digital cameras in
the 2M pixel range and up now is a movie/video mode. I'm quite amazed how
many seconds of video you can actually take with even 64MB of compact
flash. Granted, its only 320x240 or 160x120 resolution, but its effective
when I want to take quick and dirty little doo-dahs and don't want to haul out
the klunky video camera. I used the movie/mode during shotcrete and I took
10 second snippets in both resolutions. If you go to the
you will find the files there to download. With the 320x240 resolution,
the size of the resulting AVI file is less than 2MB. Thats pretty
reasonable even by today's standards.
I got it for $299. I could have gotten
it over the Internet for about $250, but with shipping costs and the cost of
waiting, it wasn't worth it. The day before the Layout guy came, I found
the camera at an Office Max close to my house. The thing that sold me was
that they were giving a 64MB Compact Flash stick along FREE if you purchased the
camera. At that point, it was a no-brainer. I didn't want to order
it over the Internet and risk missing a whole phase of the pool building.