Just Posted: Canon PowerShot S100 Review

It looks like the wider zoom range of its tiny lens still has serious sharpness problems. This is disappointing, and may be a result of Canon trying to design the impossible.

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From: DPReview

Just Posted: Our review of the Canon PowerShot S100. The S100 is the latest in Canon’s range of pocketable photographer’s compacts, building on the success of the popular S90 and S95. This most recent model offers a more ambitious 24-120mm equivalent, f2.0-5.9 zoom in front of a Canon-made 12MP 1/1.7″ type CMOS sensor, marking a much bigger advance than in the last update. Is it another step towards the perfect pocket shooter or has the camera giant over-reached itself? Find out in our review.


Overall Image Quality/Specifics

Canon’s new purpose-built CMOS sensor in the S100 is capable of capturing images that are detailed, nicely saturated and very clean, especially at the lower end of the camera’s ISO scale. The new CMOS sensor gives slightly better image quality than the previous-generation 10MP CCD – an improvement that is subtle but noticeable, especially at higher ISO settings. While the 2MP increase in sensor resolution over the S95 is modest in terms of the additional detail that the camera can capture, the 20% increase in total pixel count does help to offset the effect of noise at a given display size/magnification.

Although the S100 has a broader (24mm – 120mm) zoom range than its predecessor the S95, we’ve found that the new lens is not as uniformly sharp across the frame. We’ve tried no fewer than five sample cameras for our studio testing, and in the worst cases significant decentering of the lens causes one side of the frame to be noticeably out of focus in our studio scene (shot at a subject distance of approximately 1 meter). In all cases, moderate to strong softening occurs at the edges of the frame. This is very apparent in our studio comparison tool, where it is easy to spot any visual discrepancies at a pixel level. However, this does not tell the whole story, in our real-world sample shots decentering has been much less of an issue and most of our shots are not overtly blurred by the lens (take a look at the ‘lens’ page of this review for more detail).

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Harry & Kelly | Teresa’s Shocking Revelation!

Teresa, Harry’s wife, gave me this photo of him and Kelly at the memorial get-together at his favorite hang-out, the Brown Bear Saloon on Turnagain Arm (5/21/11).

She shocked at least the bartender when she told us Harry got to know Jesus before he died — which made me deeply cry. Harry and I had many interesting times together.

I miss him — and hope to see him again!

: )

Harry & Kelly

From: courieranywhere.com/obituaries…

Harry W. Schuermeyer Jr. (3-16-11)

Harry W. Schuermeyer Jr.

Harry W. Schuermeyer Jr., 58, of Savannah, died Wednesday, March 16, in Savannah.

He was born in Louisville, Ky., the son of Helen L. Wilber Schuermeyer and the late Harry W. Schuermeyer Sr. He was united in marriage to the former Teresa Brown, who survives.

Mr. Schuermeyer worked for 37 years for Northwest Airlines in the cargo department. He lived in Anchorage, Alaska for 54 years.

A celebration of life service will be held in May 2011 in Anchorage, Alaska.

In addition to his wife, Teresa of Savannah, he is survived by one step-daughter, Kastine Black of Anchorage, Alaska and one step-son, Arlen Collini of Anchorage, Alaska; two grandchildren; his mother, Helen L. Schuermeyer of Van Couver, Wash.; four sisters, Barbara Seoul of Anchorage, Alaska, Marica Comitton of Big Lake, Alaska, Sue Costonza of Martinez, Calif. and Pamilia Williams of Van Couver, Washington.

Memorial donations can be made to Unity Hospice in Savannah.


My Tribute to Harry

Goodbye to NWA Party (2008)

[Amazing video! Watch in 1080p] PEOPLE ARE AWESOME w/ my Screenshot of the Blob Jump Guinness World Record: ‘ANTICIPATION!!’

Screenshot by Jeff Fenske

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEu42L0ufBY]PEOPLE ARE AWESOME (DON’S VERSION)

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Musik: Hans Zimmer – Final Charge (Last Samurai OST)

List of the video is used: please visit the original videos:

Landscape Volume 2 http://vimeo.com/29950141
Landscape Volume 1 http://vimeo.com/16198274
like there is no tomorrow http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqBkf5ibktU
blob jump official world record http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8BX6v9k9CU
crazy close shave pass during wingsuit jump in norway crazy close shave pass during wingsuit jump in norway
Danny MacAskill Way back home http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cj6ho1-G6tw
Epic trick shot battle dude perfect http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_2eU1ykV3k
experience zero gravity http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhPqn7MuDy0
freeskier phil meier profile http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqApF3VnzfQ
gopro hd hero – best of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgPO46D7Eow
jaxon wong 2011 sampler http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhf_QP3ARF4
just jump skydives http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTvMv2AG6wM
lassi huskainen angry birds http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVzW3OGq7kM
mike wilson 99 foot rope swing quadruple backpflips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwoI9t0e11k
pool skateboarding http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH5tpZdkAJY
pro riders in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVU0qxNSGjI
reel rock 2010 trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVRDb1CBh58
sepaktakraw vigo cup 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rq_p8_HQ9eE
snowscoot euro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RapsKMQXw0w
speed flying ultimate rush http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAq2P0tEXzA
the art of flight – snowboarding film trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kh29_SERH0Y
the hd hero2_ 2x as poweful in every way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUEZCxBcM78
the water http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-gARuGBSdw
winter x games 15 torsten hogmo triple http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJSzjCJ21CQ
worlds widest slip and slide http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF_OQuu3Ap0



[video & my screenshot] Blob Jump Guinness World Record | ‘ANTICIPATION!!’ Screenshot

Screenshot by Jeff Fenske

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8BX6v9k9CU]Blob Jump Official Guinness World Record

Uploaded by on Jul 1, 2011

World Record Blob Jump, 24.6.11 Cham, Switzerland, 17 Metres [56 feet] (Guinness Approved). Guiness World Record Blob Jumps. Highest Blob Jump ever. Blob Weltrekord in Cham.

Carl Battreall Presents: “Chugach State Park – Alaska’s Backyard Wilderness”

I thought I’d capture Carl’s insightful presentation (details below) with a few images. Carl has  been a real encouragement to me in my own photography. He is also a real gentleman and peacemaker.

[Please excuse: The piano juts into the images. I had an immoveable tripod for my little LX-5 — an empty seat back.]

Alaska State Map


Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers’ monthly meeting:
“Chugach State Park: Alaska’s Backyard Wilderness”

Photographer and author Carl Battreall will talk about his recent book “Chugach State Park: Alaska’s Backyard Wilderness”. He will share his experiences in getting the images and the creative process from concept to publication of a book.

Carl’s book:
Chugach State Park: Alaska’s Backyard Wilderness at Amazon

ADN article:
New photo book reaches deep into the Chugach

Carl’s website:
Photograph Alaska

Buyer’s Guide: Enthusiast raw-shooting compact cameras

From: DPReview

The Cameras

For the purposes of this roundup, I’m restricting my coverage to those compact cameras which offer full manual control over exposure, are capable of shooting raw files, and have flash/accessory hotshoes. There are six cameras on the market which meet these criteria, and all six are covered, but the fullest treatment is reserved for those cameras which offer optical viewfinders (and arguably the ultimate in enthusiast-friendly ergonomics) in addition to their rear LCD screens:

If you head to page five of this article, you’ll see a brief overview, including sample images and useful links, of the other three cameras in this class (all of which we’ve previously tested in full):

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First Impressions: Using the Canon PowerShot S100

The new Canon S100 is having some sharpness issues.

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First Impressions: Using the Canon PowerShot S100

Sometimes reviews get delayed. It can happen for all manner of reasons, and I’m sorry to report that our review of the Canon PowerShot S100 is taking a lot longer than I had hoped. We’re not sitting on our hands though – we’ve used three S100s, and the delay has been caused by concerns over optical issues displayed by the cameras that we’ve seen. Testing, retesting and analyzing results from multiple cameras takes time, and the worst thing we could do in my opinion is to rush a review out before we have the full picture (for a more complete explanation of the issues that we’ve encountered, turn to page 2 of this article).

This article is not meant to replace a full review, but rather to augment our detailed preview of the S100, published when the camera was first announced. Since we published our preview we’ve been able to do a lot of shooting with the S100 and although we are not yet able to pull this experience into a full review, I would like to share some of it with you as we work towards that goal.


Image Quality (tentative first impressions)

It is too early to make any definitive statements about the S100’s image quality, partly because we have a lot more testing still to do ahead of a full review, but also because the camera sitting on my desk in front of me is the third sample that I have looked at, and the third with what appears to be a slightly decentered lens. Quality control issues can affect cameras from early production batches (and inevitably, review samples tend to fall into this category) and I hope that we have simply have been unlucky with the samples that we have received so far.

Entire Article Here


Four Noteable Upcoming Compact Cameras: Canon S100 / Olympus SP-810UZ / Fuji X10 and X-S1