Sunday, June 12, 2011

This week in Reno / ViviCam 7022

Ants, Andrew D. Barron©6/5/11
Flowers, Andrew D. Barron©6/7/11
The flowers image here is shot at the top of six wooden stairs at left. It was all a bit overexposed. The photo has an unusual viewing angle with the P6000 on a monopod, tilted down and forward towards my feet.

I’ve been busy lately, but managed to shoot some this week.
Ray's Tire exchange, Andrew D. Barron©6/8/11
The infrared d5000 shoots the skies above Sparks. . .
Infrared clouds: no contrails, Andrew D. Barron©6/9/11
Jim called as he left his house, “There’s cool things happening with the clouds you should check out.” I would have missed this sunset otherwise.
Sunset, Andrew D. Barron©6/9/11
I tend to shoot up in suburban environments.
Moon, Andrew D. Barron©6/9/11
A nice long lunch with my old buddy Shawn.

What should I call the [iphone 3G + owle bubo + hipstamatic] camera? Seriously, it is getting cumbersome (and why is cumbersome such a cumbersome word?). How about Phil?
Phil: iphone 3G + owle bubo + hipstamatic, Andrew D. Barron©6/12/11
Phil takes a shot in very bad light with no filters; the polarizer would have helped.
Desert Research Institute, Andrew D. Barron©6/10/11

The next day. Thanks for the haircut, R. Infrared, hand held, red for blue channel swap.
Active contrails, Andrew D. Barron©6/11/11
The basement project was a success, as far as basement projects go.

Long exposure, infrared moon; 11:00 p.m. The clouds have been capturing my attention here in Reno. What started off as a familiar warm summer day turned weirdly cold and cloud-covered by mid afternoon. As I finished in the basment, there was a beautiful 3D cloud/moon thing. I set up super fast. Higher iso settings on the the D5000 are noisy, especially now as infrared. I don’t like it above iso400, as below. The 3 second exposure time was a little long for the speed the clouds were moving to the east.
Long exposure, infrared moon, Andrew D. Barron©6/11/11
It was a happy surprise to find the new FPP episode available early. There was a featured photograph from an Olympus trip 35. See it in Matt Marrash’s picks, a photograph titled End of a Long Day by T-Terror. It was also great to see a film photography themed program on DigitalRevTV, too. Mostly, the reviews are entertainment for photography dorks. In this new episode the hosts try their hand with inexpensive film cameras that look similar to the Olympus Trip 35. A quick search turned up this site dedicated to that camera. The Trip 35 was discussed on the FPP months ago. What stuck was that it takes no batteries; it is solar powered.

Crappy camera postscript

Crappy Vivitar Vivicam 7022, Andrew D. Barron©6/12/11
My friend’s 12 year old went on a field trip to Point Bonita and came back frustrated for not having a camera. They went to WalMart and got the only digicam in her price range. The Vivitar ViviCam 7022.

It is a 7megapixel camera, but ships with the resolution set to 3mp. Very strange. The lens is fixed at f/2.8 and a 5.1mm focal length. It appears that the W/T zoom lever is all digital zoom. Who knows what the 35mm equivalent is; probably about 24mm. The power comes from three AAA batteries, which is another drawback; two AAs could surely have been made to fit. Three batteries is a drag for charging and dealing with.
Crappy Vivitar Vivicam 7022, Andrew D. Barron©6/12/11
The first day with the ViviCam 7022 was shot with an annoying date stamp on the images. To have this be the default is unusual. In the SET menu, go to Date/Time and choose OFF. Ugh. The flash range is short, about 3 feet or less. Here’s an indoor shot, while we had some amazing Nutella, blueberry and strawberry crepes.
Crappy Vivitar Vivicam 7022, Andrew D. Barron©6/12/11
Overall, the white balance seems off and the camera always seems to expose towards blue. I did the best I could bringing the JPG into Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) to adjust the exposure.
Crappy Vivitar Vivicam 7022, Andrew D. Barron©6/11/11

I hadn’t considered this camera challenge before: what is the best camera you can get for less than $50? The Vivitar Vivicam 7022 probably shouldn’t be on the list of contenders. The challenge of using a camera like this is finding a particular weaknesses that make for interesting photographs. There may be too many on this camera. 7 megapixel sensor maybe, but nearly every camera phone I have used takes equivalent or better photos. A disappointing reality is that there are probably zillions of people shooting with this camera. An open question remains: for less that $50, what can you get with a new digital camera?

1 comment:

  1. im glad im not the only one who had issues with this camera.


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