Thursday, May 15, 2014
This is a handheld shot of the moon taken with a point-and-shoot camera. I have reconsidered the need to always carry around 45 pounds of camera equipment and decided to try one of the newer cameras. In this case, the camera is a Nikon Coolpix L830. The camera has an effective optical zoom level of 34x, making its lens the equivalent of a lens with a focal length of from 22.5 mm to 765 mm. With digital zooming added, the camera lens becomes the equivalent of over a 1700 mm lens. Now, the challenge is keeping the camera steady enough to take a photograph at such extremes. I do notice a small amount of lens aberration at this point in a ring of red around the image of the moon. All in all, this opens up some interesting issues about the future of digital cameras and expensive lenses. I am not ready to trade in my Canon D5 Mark II yet however.