|my Fujifilm F50fd, bought January 2008, taking a picture of itself in a mirror|
So, you are asking, how can I put up with it? The answer is that I know it so well that I can take a half-decent photo (all right, tenth-decent) within two or three seconds of the photo-op presenting itself. I have been reluctant to replace it because I know that it will take time and effort with, no doubt, a fair amount of frustration, to get to know a new camera.
At John Lewis, then, I bought a new camera. Call it delayed gratification or apprehensiveness, but - two days since I bought the thing - I haven't got it out of its box yet. I'm now even wondering whether I should have bought the next model up, or a cheaper compact more like my old Fujifilm.
What did I buy? I thought you'd ask that. It was ... (drum roll) ... a Panasonic TZ60.
Martin of Erin Mae has just bought - and likes - a Panasonic TZ70, which is this year's model with certain improvements but without other features. The TZ60 was about £30 less than the TZ70 but has GPS tagging of photos. The TZ60's eyepiece is not quite so high resolution as the TZ70's and it is about 18 megapixel compared with the TZ70's 12 M pixel.
Writing all this down has helped me realise that the TZ70 might be better for me. I don't need GPS, especially as it drains the battery. I don't need more than 12 Mp. If I am to use the eyepiece viewfinder the higher resolution of the TZ70 would be better. Or should I revert to a simpler, cheaper compact camera?
What I do need to find out is whether either the TZ60 or the TZ70 does a 10 second self-timed photo. I'll ask Martin.
Meanwhile ... the camera stays in its box!
Back to boating news.
Today we moved from outside King's Orchard Marina to The Taft, just past Bridge 69 on the T&M. The cruise was notable for being stuck behind an extremely slow
Six boats in a line made it interesting for boats coming towards us. Fortunately this motor and butty didn't meet us in a bridge hole.
We chatted to the man from the boat which had been behind us when we stopped at Rugeley; they were Linda and Alan on Lindalan (naturally).