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Old August 1st, 2006, 04:23 AM   #1
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macro mode example with HD1

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Old August 8th, 2006, 09:05 PM   #2
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Man you have no idea do you :-) seriously its one of the things I SO LOVE about the HD1

Experiment time

Everyone who has an HD1 Follow along.

You need a peice of paper with printing on it. (regular copy paper is best for the most dramatic result)

a flashlight or led light or something like that.

Your HD1

now turn it on and aim it at the paper at about a 30-45 degree angle now move in. Keep moving in.

Yeah keep moving in. TOUCH THE PAPER with the camera.

Shine the light into the tiny space between the camera and the paper and "TAKE" a picture !!

Proceed with the drooling and go hunting for more macro shots.

now zoom in to 810% in camera and watch your drooling. makes for a messy OLED

Yeah its that good. the depth of field is squat at that range but just being able to focus on something you are TOUCHING with the camera is nothing short of amazing and insanely fun :-)

you can actually see the individual fibers in the paper !! (thats why rough coarse paper is more fun)

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Old August 18th, 2006, 03:26 AM   #3
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I finally got around to taking some pictures. This is with the camera lens RESTING on the paper.

Crappy cell phone shot of camera position (it does not have a macro capacity :-) Note the lens ring is resting ON the paper :-)

Here is the unedited original

and a cut down edited version to point out the detail potential!

Note the upper left corner is blurry. in this mode the depth of fiels is extremely shallow so careful how you frame your shot to make sure what you want in focus will be in focus.

This distance appears to be about the limit. I can tilt the camera up bringing the lens closer to the paper but even a little bit starts to get unreliable in focus but I think there is room for a tiny bit closer so I would rate its macro as capable of about a minimum of 12-15mm roughly ??

The pictures this camera takes pail in comparison to even my 5+ year old Nikon Coolpix 5000 (all 5mp I have played with do) but for random shots its MORE than good enough and a heck of a lot less finicky in shady lighting condition than the nikon and for video and MACRO shooting its KING by far resolution be damned.

I can whip this out and just press the button and more often than not i will get a VERY usable picture properly esposed.

With the nikon its lots of tweaking and playing with settings to get that sweet shot which means you miss a lot of them :-)

my HD1 is also what I keep in the car for those random ohhh got to have a picture kind of things.

For video ? hands down the best video camera I have ever owned. only the damned auto focus hunting annoys me thankfully in MOST cases I can use manual focus to avoid this.

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