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Sunday, November 05, 2006

Retiring the Canon PowerShot S410 Digital Elph

Well, after 3 years it has become time to upgrade the trusty Canon PowerShot S410 Digital Elph camera and that Ashley and I have put some serious miles on. There are quite a number of places it has been, including all the way around the world. In fact, in just the past 12 months it has been to:

  1. Hawaii (Oahu, Waikiki)
  2. Germany (Munich, Berlin, & Heidelberg)
  3. India (Bombay - Mumbai, Pune, & New Delhi)
  4. Walt Disney World (Orlando, Florida) as well as Disneyland.
  5. Yosemite

Overall, it has been an excellent camera -- although we have often been disappointed with low-light photos and dark shooting. For example, photos of the castle in Heidelberg, Germany and the fireworks at Disney had poor focus and quality, even when using with tripod. Otherwise, the general pictures have always come out wonderful and even took some breath taking photos in Yosemite. Despite it's trustworthiness and dependability that it has become known for in our household, we're "upgrading" to the new Canon PowerShot G7 digital camera. It's due to arrive in the next week after getting an excellent deal from Dell, thanks to my preferred account status and some discounts I was able to get it for ~$50 below MSRP including shipping & tax.

On another note, I also decided to get rid of my Canon Digital Video Camcorder - MiniDV ZR50-MC. I am not sure why, but Ashley and I are not big video people. Perhaps that is because we do not have kids or maybe even because as small and compact as this particular video camera is - it is a burden to carry around given the numerous recent trips that we have been on. It is currently listed on eBay for any of those who may be interested. I am hoping for at least $175 for it - which would definitely help defer some of the cost of the G7 that is in transit from Dell.