Alright, I finally made it to the third bridge camera in my recent collection, the Canon Photura. Brought in at a $2.99 bid with $8 shipping, it’s a 1990s funky looking tube design with a 35-105mm zoom lens (with a fairly fast f/2.8-6.6) and a built-in flash. Unlike the last two bridge cameras I’ve reviewed, this camera really does a decent job with only one hand controlling everything.
I liked the ease and simplicity of the camera. It’s really a point and shoot with just a few things you can shut off or use (like fill in flash, etc.). The weight is pretty light since it’s plastic and lens so carrying around in one hand is a breeze. And it takes a good picture which is the primary function of a camera as I understand it.
Downside, the camera has no capacity for using standard screw in filters and the zoom is really under powered since you would likely need at least 135mm zoom for indoor sports or other similar events (the later version of the camera went to 135mm). Plus, the focus is not perfect but usable.
Unfortunately, my developing did not do justice to this batch of TMAX100. You can see the images straight to the scanner are underdeveloped. But you can still see some of the capabilities of the lens and autofocus. I have to admit, the more I used the camera, the better I liked it. Had my developing skills been better, I believe some decent contrast and shadows would be in the image.
Overall, the camera seems to do a good job with the lighting and the focus for long shots.
In the end, I think the Canon Photura will be my one keeper from the bridge cameras on this review cycle. I think the lens are sharper and faster than the Chinon and the Olympus. Plus, it’s just cool to see the expressions from others trying to figure out it’s a video camera or a couple of beer cans put together.