When I bought my first digital camera in 2001, I never realized how good the specs were. I just bought it based on reviews people gave at the time. The Canon PowerShot S110 could go down to a ƒ/2.8 with an ISO of 69.
I just uploaded a photo from my S110 to Flickr. In the specs box, I noticed some of the impressive numbers:
For those who don’t know camera specs
- ƒ/2.8 is a pretty decent aperture—especially for an entry-level camera. This allows your camera capture more light with lower shutter speeds.
- 69 ISO is nice! The lower the ISO, the lower the noise and grain in your images. Many entry-level cameras only offer 100 at the lowest. Going below 100 ISO is a nice feature.
Here’s an example, the specs in the screenshot are for this photo captured in 2002:
This camera is extra special to me, because it was my first digital camera. It granted me freedom without film. This shiny silver beauty was part of some my first public art projects. I’ll write more about that and the connection to September 11th, 2001 sometime soon.
As for the actual camera today. I think it’s in storage. The images of the camera in this blog post is from an eBay auction selling the camera for $37 with shipping.