PowerShot dinner? Sounds like I had my fill of whiskey or something. No, I had a quick meal at Taco Bell then headed to the Bay Village / Westlake border where there are some interesting buildings and railroad tracks. I thought that might be a nice spot to shoot a few more test images to get familiar with the little Canon PowerShot A650 and check out the results.
The settings selected by the camera appear very, very strange to me but here's what the camera displays for each image: For the building (above) we have an ISO of 80, 1/1250 sec., f/4.5. Huh? I'll verify in the EXIF when I get a chance. For the weathered paint in the photo below, it's the same! The images seem well exposed but I'd have selected for a slower shutter speed and a higher f-stop in this case. I'll be making adjustments soon.
Crazy sounding settings or not, the pictures are very sharp at full size and have good color with and without minor adjustments in The GIMP. Exposures are very good as well, showing excellent tonal range and shadow detail.
So, once I get the A650 dialed in to my preferences, I think it will probably travel with me quite often.
I love my Power Shot. I have the SD850. I sometimes have problems with the digital macro – but that is more user error than the camera.
The A650 seems to be a very good little camera and I even like the way it feels in my hand –many small cameras don't feel right to me– though it doesn't like to talk to my computer. Haven't tried the macro function yet and I don't usually use or like composing with the LCD panel instead of viewfinder. Old-fashioned, I guess. — JG
Thanks for the compliment! I found myself getting into it just looking for test subjects. The backlit building with flag really surprised me! Looking at the full-size image you can even see puckering in the seams between the stripes of the US flag. I've put that camera up for sale, though, and will buy something else if it sells… and if it doesn't sell then, hey, I've got a very good tiny camera! — JG