Sunday, 7 March 2010

Canon ion 251 review, part 3 (in use)

Holding the camera in your hand is somewhat awkward, and not very ergonomic.



Sadly, the rechargeable battery did not function, so I was limited to using the wired battery eliminator, which limited my testing of the camera.

Taking pictures

The following video sequence shows the camera being turned on to "REC" mode. This triggers the camera to count through the 50 frames on the disk backwards, to find the first vacant spot. Having found this, the camera is ready for taking pictures.

When depressing the release shutter half way, the disk starts spinning, getting ready to record your image. Pressing it fully, triggers the shutter and records the image.

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The "Mode" button cycles through "Single", "Contionous", and "Self timer".

There is not autofocus at all, you'll just have to hope that the subject is reasonably in focus.

In the viewfinder, there is very little information. There is a flash ready LED indicator, and when using the macro mode, there is a small, red parallax correction tab on the right hand side of the viewfinder.

Showing pictures on a monitor

The camera has no picture display at all. To view the pictures you have taken, you need to connect the camera to a TV set, or, as in my case, to a computer monitor. The camera is connected to the Composite Video input on the monitor.

After putting the camera in "PLAY" mode, you can use the arrow buttons to flip through the 50 images on the disk. In this mode, you can also erase individual images.

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>>>Go to part 4, image quality

Go back to part 2, the camera
Go back to part 1, the contents

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