But man alive, before I discuss the gadget itself, I have to say that Amazon's delivery service is total pants.
Firstly, there is no reason in this day and age, for it to take a whole week (Amazon call it '5 working days' to try and make it sound better) to deliver a pocket-sized product. Secondly, the useless bastards just abandoned the parcel outside my front door. The Postman didn't knock, or get my signature, or anything. So my £300 camera was just sat outside my house in full view of every passer-by, for god knows how long. It's just lucky that Forest Hill isn't populated by thieving gits, because Amazon don't insure 'digital products', irrespective of how negligent they have been during the delivery process. So if someone had nicked it, I would have been £300 out of pocket.
Not only that, it was a bloody good job it wasn't raining otherwise the camera would have been ruined because it didn't have any waterproof bag around it.
So, Amazon's poor delivery service aside, what about the gadget itself?
It's bloody brilliant! Far too sophisticated for my talent. It's like dating someone who is much better looking than you. And I couldn't take a picture of the gadget itself because it is the only camera I own. Bummer.
When I got it out of the box though, I was immediately impressed. The case was made from steel, giving it a really solid feel. And it had loads of dial-settings that clunked satisfyingly into place. I didn't know what any of them did though, so I selected 'AUTO' and then looked for things to photograph.
Pic.No.1. This is an ancient antique Buddha that I picked up when I was in Cambodia. His ear fell off last week but I glued it back on. The picture looks quite sharp I think
Pic.No.2. This is a picture of my dining room. Yes, that is Naughty George at the bottom of the picture, honking as usual. The original picture is actually very sharp, it is just that the composition is rubbish. Which is my fault.
Pic.No.3. This is my dinner this evening. It was taken at really low light levels and looks a bit shit and grainy [note to self: need to check settings because S95 is notorious for its ability to perform in low lighting]
Pic.No.4. This is a gratuitous picture of my guest bedroom. I wanted to see how 'wide angle' the camera could be, and it performed perfectly. Huzzar!
Pic.No.5. This is me attempting to take a picture of my new camera
Pic.No.6. And then I ventured outside. And took a picture of a random pile of logs, and some orange trees in the background. It was twilight when the picture was taken, so the camera did really well
Pic.No.7 The sun setting over Oxford in the distance. This picture looks fab in high resolution
So all in all, I have to concur with the online reviews of the Canon PowerShot S95 digital camera. It is bloody brilliant. Tomorrow I am going to play with all the other different settings that it has.
I am so excited that I bet I won't sleep properly.
P.S. What is your favourite gadget?
P.P.S. Robert was right. This camera would not work until I bought an SD card. It has no memory at all and won't work until the SD card is inserted.