Cameras’ and gear, My Rants, Photography

Prosumer Digital Camera User Interface Mis-Designs

This article I will only discuss Digital (still) Cameras targeted to the prosumer market segment. Although, I must note that many later professional models are showing the same short-sighted design flaws. The flaw is the lack of a workable view finder. I will discuss as follows.

I happened to buy a Canon G7X for reason’s I will not describe here. The G7X is a nice prosumer/enthusiast Compact Digital, without a view-finder. It has a nice, on paper, LED screen to view and review images. I found that to be the major issue with the camera. If you are shooting in daylight, especially with the sun behind your back, you can’t see the screen. Even if you are not shooting in bright light, there is a lag between what the lens sees, and what the screen displays. I tried to follow a squirrel, and a few planes coming at, and across me for a landing. No good; the display was not fast enough to allow me to frame the shot.

As should mention, I bought my wife an SX-620, with no view-finder, but a big zoom; What does she use? Her iPhone.

So it seems to me that camera vendors should take a queue from my experience. Keep the display, but bring back the view-finder.

Floral, MyPhotos, Photography

Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC

I’ve been to the blossoms this past Tuesday, and last Saturday. Tuesday we went around the Tidal Basin, and I must say that the crowds were sparse, the trees in full bloom and beautiful.

I went to East Potomac Park yesterday, April 14th in order to see the Kwanzan cherry blossoms, which appear as small pink carnation, in pictures. I had an awesome (and tiring time) walking around most of East Potomac Park, but didn’t see any Kwanzan’s which are supposed to bloom about nine to twelve days behind the Yoshino’s. Yesterday, would have been about fourteen days after Yoshino Peak bloom. Unfortunately I did not find any Kwanzan’s. I did see three Kwanzan blossoms on the ground, which someone had thrown away, as I was walking to the Mandarin-Oriental, which I had parked my car. In hindsight, I should have taken a picture, but the were trodden on. Next year.

But if anyone wants to have a good time, drive and picnic at East Potomac Park. You can also fish, they tell me in high tide, and take your grill along, but I did not see any charcoal disposal stations.