[oclug]Digital camera advice needed
bjohnson at jecinc.on.ca
Fri Nov 22 11:49:27 EST 2002
Where do you get the photo lithium batteries?
Brad Barnett (bb at L8R.net) wrote*:
>On Wed, 13 Nov 2002 20:00:19 +0000
>"Brian Johnson" <bjohnson at jecinc.on.ca> wrote:
>> Would anyone have some opinions on digital cameras or where I could get
>> some online advice?
>> We're working on the third camera that I have to return because the guys
>> (that will be using it) don't like it
>> We're looking for something that is > 1Mp, has flash, has some form of
>> expandable memory, and takes good, focused pictures (most of our pics
>> will be indoors at factories)
>> The guys hate the LCD screens since they "suck up the battery power" so
>> if it has one, it has to be able to be turned off (not just able to be
>> turned off - turned off has to be the default mode)
>> Also, it's best if it uses 4 AA batteries (not fewer) so that it can
>> take more pics without being replaced
>I have an Olympus Brio D-150 Zoom. 1.3 MP, takes expansion cards, LCD of
>course defaults to off. It's very good in default modes, but also fully
>supports different flash modes, different white balances, lens speeds,
>etc. It has a 3x optical zoom backed by a digital zoom. Macro and all
>the features are supported.
>As for the batteries, there is a better solution. For $10, you can buy
>two Energizer "Photo Lithium" batteries. These tend to last for 200
>pictures. They definitely last 4 times as long as standard batteries (and
>are priced that way too, of course ;).
>They are also significantly lighter than two AAs, so you get 4 times the
>life with 1/2 the weight. A great tradeoff.
>There is a problem with the USB support for this camera.. I have to hack
>the kernel before compiling it, if I want to connect it to Linux. This is
>their fault, not Linux's. I paid $140 used for the camera 7 months ago,
>and even with the USB mistakes that they made, I'm now a complete and
>total Olympus fan. My understanding is that they've rectified their USB
>issues (the identifier for mass storage device was incorrect) with newer
>You can see a collection of pictures that this camera has taken at:
>A few specifics:
>A sunset -> http://www.l8r.net/thing/aliens/5/P5290018.JPG
>Victoria Harbour -> http://www.l8r.net/thing/aliens/4/P5110004.JPG
>Every picture there was taken by this camera. For some indoor shots, look
>You can see that in _rare_ circumstances the white balance is a little off
>with this camera. Again, my understanding is that with even slightly
>newer models in the same class, this has been fixed.
>I honestly couldn't say good enough things about this camera, based on its
>release date and price. Hope this has been helpful.
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