New Toy

New Toy

I got this Powershot A550 used at Sofmap after they discounted it another 1000 yen. Its a 7 megapixel model, only 1 year old. Total damage was less than 12,000 yen after adding a 2GB SD card.

Its nice to have a digital compact with a viewfinder rather than having to deal with the extra camera shake induced by holding it at arm's length in front of me. Operating with the display off using the viewfinder is also hugely power-efficient - supposedly has a 1000 exposure battery life with the LCD turned off.

I have loaded the CHDK enhanced firmware on it, and it has some nice additional functionality like a shortcut manual focus to hyperfocal distance.