Testing My Canon PowerShot SX410 IS Camera
My husband let me order the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS Camera as a belated birthday gift. A friend of mine had reviewed it, and I’d wanted it for over a week. I was able to order it from Amazon Sunday night. I was amazed when it arrived on my front porch today. I could hardly wait for the battery to charge so I could try it out.
I still have my Nikon cameras, but my favorite of them is starting to wear out. The zoom is hard to use. It sticks and the only way to shut it is to turn off the camera. Since I am dependent on a good camera to illustrate this and all my other blogs, I knew I needed a new one. I also wanted more features. For example, this camera has a 40x optical zoom, whereas my Nikon Coolpix S8200 zoom is only 14x. I do a lot of nature photography, and I want to zoom into the critters and treetops as close as I can.
Today I just wanted to try the camera out to make sure it works. I did some normal shots, and then I tried the zoom. I also took some video of the bees on my herbs. I was happy with the video quality, but haven’t had time to edit it for YouTube yet so I can share it. I only had a few minutes and did not have time to leave my front yard.
Preliminary Test of the Canon PowerShot SX410 IS Zoom
I only took four photos today. The conditions weren’t the best. It was late afternoon before the battery was charged and by the time I got outside to shoot, the sun was in my way. I couldn’t shoot the oak tree across the street. Instead, I took the zoom and aimed at the top of the palm trees across the other street. (I live in a corner house, and this is my little corner of California.) I have put the settings of these shots in the captions. None of these shots have been cropped or edited except to reduce the size to 800 px wide. First we have the palms. I was hoping to zoom in close enough to see if they had the orange fruits I’ve see on other palms. I think I may see one.
Next let’s do a comparison. I took the first picture of the silk tree, a common tree in our area, completely on the auto setting and without using a zoom. I was standing across the street from the tree. As you can see, the tree is in bloom. From this distance you can’t tell much about the shape of the leaves.
For this next shot, I used the zoom, but did not extend it all the way. This gives me only a small part of the tree, but it focuses on the blossoms and leaves so you can learn more about their shapes.
This last photo is of my house. I took it from the street so I could get it all. I used only the auto setting, with no zoom. It shows you the unwatered brown lawn remnant I mentioned in yesterday’s post when talking about the California drought and water rationing.
I am anxious to test my camera more under different lighting conditions and in places besides my own neighborhood, but this is all I had time to do today. In the process, I’ve shown you a pretty typical neighborhood in the side of Paso Robles east of the Salinas River. Some neighborhoods have larger homes and sit on acreage, but for those of us in tracts homes, this is typical, and maybe lower end than newer tracts. Our neighborhood has many large trees. It is about thirty years old. I’m sure many of the trees have been here longer than the homes they are next to.
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In leaving, I’d like to show you one more photo. This is the oak across the street from me. I’m pretty sure it’s older than my house. This was shot with my older Nikon Coolpix S8200. I was not using its zoom. The palm trees are the same ones in the top photo. I was standing in about the same place when I shot this photo as I was when I shot the other. In the top photo, you can see a few leaves from the top of the oak, but they look much closer.