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Syd the Cockatoo Pics

By: GardenGrrl, 8:25 AM GMT on June 18, 2011

Okay, so I have this great new camera, a Fuji HS20 bridge camera and it is too bleeping hot to go outside and take pictures.

This is June and already we have had multiple days over 100f. Except for the grinding call of the cicadas, nothing is moving outside to shoot pictures of any ways.

Roxie Hollywood my Corgi doesn't even want to go outside. She is usually the star of my photo shoots so today Syd gets top billing just to even things out a bit.

Here is Syd after his shower.

Now he inspects the towel. Hmmmm, that's not a used one is it!?? he communicates via raised crest.

Of course not Syd, now get in...Bwaahahaha
Time to make a birdie burrito.

Good bird, now just burrow in a bit farther so we can dry you off.

Okay that may be a bit too far, but an animated pile of towel on the bathroom floor sure is funny.

Are you finished burrowing? Guess it's time for the air dry next.

Spread the wings for take-off. Be sure to fling water on the the mirrors while you flap.

Updated: 8:29 AM GMT on June 18, 2011


HS20 Camera Review pt 2 PIC's

By: GardenGrrl, 9:20 AM GMT on June 03, 2011

The new Fujifilm HS20 30x zoom bridge camera

Rather than starting a new blog I'll just continue part 2 of the review here. I've had more time to play with the camera and learn how it works.

If you were wondering if you can use manual settings with this camera, YES. This seems the way to go for the best pictures.

It has modes for shutter priority, aperture priority and manual to name a few. This week I played with shutter priority.

This camera likes to shoot with fast shutter speeds. My best pictures are between speeds 1/150 to 1/250.
It can go to much higher speeds but one needs a lot of light to keep the picture from getting dark.

The f-stop should compensate for this but for some reason it won't go lower than f4 in manual or shutter priority. On "Auto" settings I have seen it go to f2. I'm sure there is a work around I haven't figured out yet. This camera has a lot of settings and sub menus.

Instead, this camera likes to compensate for high shutter speeds by raising the ISO. This works well until up in the 800's where the noise starts to come in. It can actually go to 12000ish which made my pictures look seriously over exposed at a 1/500 shutter in day lit shade.

These are my first tries at using these types of settings so I have been experimenting a lot. Thank goodness for digital cards.

For my first pics go to comment 5.
For some great advice about white balance and to see a neat photo touch up, go to comments 6,7 and 11 by MNtornado.

My new learning curve pictures are posted in comment 22.

For Fans of point and shoot cameras, the new Fuji HS20 with 30x optical zoom is something you might be considering.

The HS20 is The Bridge Camera between point-n-shoots and DSLR's.

Having played with it for two weeks now I can tell you this, you will either love this camera or hate it because it is not a typical point-n-shoot.

Most P&S's, even the super zoom's will fit in a purse. The only thing you need to know to use one is; put it in Auto, the camera will do the rest.

The HS20 is large. About the size of a DSLR with 3" lense attached. Auto works okay, but you have to Think to get this camera to perform at it's best.
It has lot's of fiddly settings, you can customize the heck out of how it operates. The zoom is manual and you can use a manual focus ring too if you want.

Basically it is a budget DSLR. I'm having lot's of fun with it even though the thing is huge. Here are three ways this camera will appeal to people.

1.) If you want a DSLR but can't afford all the trimmings, for around $425 you essentially get a slightly slower DSLR with three lense types already built into it. You will get some great photos occasionally, but most will just fall into the catagory of "OK". As you learn how to use the camera your photos will get better. (You may need to take an on-line photography class to learn about ISO, F stops, white balance and other stuff I have no idea about.)(note, I will be taking class soon.)

2.) If you are a pro and need a "sacrificial" camera in situations where there is a high probability of your camera being stolen or damaged, this is the one you want.

3.) Bridge camera or gateway drug? This is for people who are undecided about investing $$$ into a DSLR and all the trimmings. If you find you like using this and all the nifty fiddly settings......

Accessories; The HS20 has a threaded lense. You can add filters. You can use a Raynox 2.2x Super Telephoto conversion lense and double your 30x zoom.

It takes "AA" batteries. I bought the Sanyo Eneloop Ni-MH rechargables to go with it. If you get nothing else from this, do get these batteries. They come ready to use because they can hold a charge for almost three years. I bought the pack from Amazon that has eight "AA"s (4 are dark blue, 4 are light blue) and four "AAA" with charger. I love these batteries.

Also, get a high speed SD card to go with it. Spend the money, get a brand name (like SanDisk)class 10 high speed card.

The HS20 comes with a huge learning curve for me. My other cameras just need to be put in auto. If you don't want to think a whole lot but want nice pictures, get a Panasonic Lumix or one of the Fujifilm 18x cameras and they will do a great job for you

For technical specifications
Here's the link to the Fuji HS20 on Amazon because it also has some good reviews and info.

Updated: 9:23 AM GMT on June 11, 2011


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