Had a piece of luck... On Wednesday night, Argos reduced the price of the Canon
camera I was thinking of buying. A further £30 off, bringing the price to
just under £150. It's a Canon Powershot A70, which they were selling for
£300 six months ago.
I ordered it online and it arrived this morning. That's when my luck ran out
again. I think 'someone' is trying to tell me not to own a digital camera...
It's wasn't long before I spotted a dead pixel on the CCD, which showed up
as a bright red spot in the same position on every picture. The pic above is an
actual size section from a 2048x1536 image. In fact there was another smaller
white spot too.
Just to rub it all in, as I packed up the camera to take it back, I received
a call from Customer Service at Jessops, apologising for the treatment I received
the other day (it still doesn't change anything. I won't be shopping there any
So, having ordered the camera online, and had it delivered, I ended up having
to go into the local branch of Argos anyway! Internet shopping is great when it
works out and a pain in the ass when it doesn't. Argos swapped the camera without
any problem. With a smile in fact (Jessops take note!).
I'm pretty excited about the features, which include full manual. As I can
set the shutter speed, aperture and reduce the power of the built-in flash, it
means I can use the camera with my studio flash system. The Canon's built-in flash
triggers the studio flash. But, as it's on reduced power, it has hardly any effect
on the image.
Sorry, but I get turned on by photo geek stuff like that :-)
Well, fingers crossed...