When I first saw the Canon PowerShot S2 IS digital camera I felt like it had so many more features than I really needed in a digital camera. This camera appeared to have all features required for photography as well as the ability to order carryout service for pizza. While I have had some experience with digital photography, I had never had a camera with as many bells and whistles as the Canon PowerShot S2 IS.
This digital camera boasts a viewfinder and an LCD display window. When shooting in outside conditions, with high intensity sunlight it is best to use the viewfinder as the LCD screen will barely be visible in bright sunlight. My first venture out with the camera, that is, the first digital photographs I took with it, revealed very high quality results. Downloading the photos to the computer was a very simple process, one that is virtually the same for all digital media.
I have never had a camera that had video recording capabilities other than very short 30 second clips. I was frankly surprised when I discovered that this Canon PowerShot camera, depending upon resolution and frame speed settings, is capable of continuous videotaping of up to 20 minutes or more worth of video time. I thought to myself that it will be worth some time experimenting with these digital video features.
My wife and I headed out the next day to a place we had read about previously. This place was dubbed by the local residents as a haunted and very spooky area. We thought this would be a good place to test the video capabilities of our new camera. Once we found the location, affectionately known as Werewolf Hollow, we decided to try out the video features. I was driving, and my wife was handling the camera, in fact hanging the camera outside the window of the car. I drove slowly, and she narrated as we drove along. Realizing that the 1GB memory chip in the camera had sufficient space left, even after recording the video, I also took several still pictures of a stop sign at the end of the road that allegedly dripped blood at night!
Downloading the video to my computer turned out to be just as easy as downloading digital pictures. Since this was my first video download, I guess I was not prepared for the ease of download. I thought to myself, this is really fun, and the opportunities for creativity are quite extensive. Once I had downloaded the video, it was time to view by our video creation. It was with some trepidation that I clicked on the play button for the first time. Lo and behold, the video actually came out quite well. I was amazed at quality of sound that had been recorded. You could actually hear the crunching of the gravel as our car drove over the road. Plus, my wife’s voice was crystal clear in the recording of the audio. Much to my surprise, our little experiment produced a video that was actually a little creepy!
My hat is off to Canon for producing such a high quality camera. I look forward to increasing my knowledge of the use of this camera, especially the video functions available. I will probably now spend as much time with the video features as the still photography. I guess it’s time to open a YouTube account.