I'm the one sitting on the left of this dragon boat during our first family holiday at Batu Ferringhi Beach, Penang, Malaysia. There are some fishing boats and fishermen behind us. Dad paid a photographer money to take our pictures. We then had to wait a few weeks for the photos to be developed in a dark room and then mailed to us. I wore a bright red dress and the boat was also very colourful but technology in those days could only manage a black and white.
Today I salute this year 2010's Nobel Prize for Physics winners, Mr Willard S. Boyle and Mr George E. Smith for inventing the charge-coupled device (CCD) which forms the basis of the digital camera's electronic eye and Mr Charles K. Kao for the fibre technology. With these technological advancements in digital photography and the www internet connectivity, life has become so much more colourful, brighter and global.
Reason: It is the same 12 mp with intelligence auto (iAuto) mode and stabilizer but the colours are more vibrant. The macro shots are clearer and can be taken at a nearer distance. The wide angle (28mm) is larger, zoom better (5X optical) and clearer. It has HD movie recording feature and uses Leica (German technology) lens, which My Dear has high regards for. The rechargeable Li-Ion battery can last about 200 photos. I first saw a higher end Panasonic Lumix FZ-100 camera that I like from Diana of Elephant Eye. Then I was very encourage with positive feedback by commenters of my previous post, e.g. Bom of Plant Chaser blog, my daughter and also a few anonymous blog readers who wrote to me.
My next target will be the Canon Powershot S95 or S90, a high performance compact camera. The Canon S90 price has dropped to about RM 1,200 with FOC extra battery and comes with 8G memory card, waranty 1+2 years (until 31 Oct 10) due to introduction of new model S95 at RM 1,500 but it has exceeded my current budget.