Murray Street, Perth, Xmas 2010

My son and his mate did a bit of a drive around Perth City in the days leading up to Xmas and took a few snaps using my wife’s Canon PowerShot SX10 10 megapixel super-zoom camera. Even though this camera is basically a garden-variety point’n’shoot with a very small sensor I am constantly amazed at how well it performs. The in-camera JPEG processing is very impressive for a camera like this, as is the in-camera digital noise removal. The sx20, which, as you might expect, came out after the Sx10, is not as impressive. It is almost as though Canon decided they did way too good a job with the SX10 and made a conscious design decision to wind back the awesomeness factor in the SX20. There is an SX30 now but I have not researched this and so I can’t really comment although

Following are a few of the shots they took. There are not many people around in these pictures because this happened at about 3:00 a.m.

I have resampled these down to fit my posting width, and done 20 percent of soft-light sharpening, but no digital noise has been done. In relation to digital noise this is how the pictures were processed by the camera.

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The following picture is of my son’s car. His navigator, who seems to have a bit of passion for taking pictures (based on these), went a little bit further in taking this shot. From what I can make out here he must have got down on his belly to take this shot. Now you don’t get your average picture-snapper laying down on a concrete driveway to take a snap.

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