Digicam History

During my travels to France my third year at Stanford University, I had brought along my family’s film-based camera.

The first camera that I could call my own was digital, an Agfa ePhoto 1680 (pictured below). The 1680 is a 1.3 megapixel camera with a very handy swivel lens design that makes it a snap to compose great over-the-head shots and self-portraits. This camera design does have one drawback—it’s too big and bulky to tote around on a daily basis. Overall, though, the 1680 has served me well for over a year and a half, from October 1998 to June, 2000.

In the middle of 2000, I purchased my second digital camera, a Canon PowerShot S100 Digital Elph (pictured above), currently the smallest megapixel digicam on the market today! This is an amazingly small and eminently pocketable camera that I take with me everywhere I go.

To help position my camera better, I purchased a Q-Pod mini mini, a multipurpose tripod made by Giotto Industrial. It’s a handy little tripod that makes positioning my pictures a cinch!

On October 30, 2000, I received a brand-new Canon D30. Now this is one beautiful camera. With this purchase, I’ve reached a new level of commitment to digital photography. The point and shoot days are going the way of the dodo with the D30, though I’ll still take the S100 to places where the D30 just doesn’t make sense.

On November 7, 2000, I won a raffle at the Stanford Palm Users Group meeting for a new Kodak PalmPix digital camera. This little camera attaches to the end of a Palm III or VII series organizer and takes pictures with a resolution of 640×480. All that being said, I think that I’m going to continue using my D30 as my main digital camera.

On December 17, 2001, I received the new Canon EOS-1D, which has become my new main photographic tool. I have since given away the Agfa ePhoto 1680 and the Canon PowerShot S100. I also sold the D30, leaving me with only the 1D, the Leica M2, and the Kodak PalmPix.

On October 22, 2002, I gave the Kodak PalmPix to Stanford Newton User Group member, Dave Strom. Dave is using a HandEra 330 and the Kodak PalmPix purportedly works with that handheld.

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