talkin bout camerasa blog by Branden Frederick

canon powershot s200

Published 19 Dec 2014 – Updated 26 Jan 2017

my first digital camera

This was the first digital camera I ever owned. It's convenience and portability made it my gateway into the hobby of photography. It came with an 8mb CF card.

It has a zoom lens the equivalent of 35-70mm at f/2.8 to f/4. It has an ISO range of 50 to 400. The pictures look decent at ISO 50, but here's what they look like at ISO 400:

PowerShot S200 sample image at ISO 400

For comparison, here is a much more modern digital camera sample photo at ISO 3200, which is three stops more sensitive.

Fujifilm X-T1 sample image at ISO 3200

The camera was slow to respond, had a small screen, had zero low-light capability, and was very primitive by modern standards.

I used it daily from September 2002 to November 2004, when I outgrew it. Two years to outgrow such a limited camera seems like a long time to me now.

The camera still works (as of December 2014) but the battery doesn't hold much charge any more. Anyway, here's the best three photos I took with this camera, back when it was modern.

Sacramento, January 2003, 1/80 at f4, equiv 70mm Highway 1, August 2003, 1/1000 at f7.1, equiv 35mm Wall Street, August 2003, 1/500 at f2.8, equiv 35mm

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".