New camera, and walk from Beckton to Woolwich

I needed a new camera, and because portability is very important I decided to get the smallest 10 megapixel digital compact I could find which took the best photos. Initially I was attracted to the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX500 because it’s nice and small, it got pretty good reviews, and it has an excellent zoom lens with 25mm wide angle. Eventually, though, I decided to go for the lovely little Canon Digital IXUS 870 IS because the reviews suggested that the image quality was even better than the Panasonic. Its wide angle isn’t quite as impressive as the Panasonic, but it still does a very respectable 28mm.

So far I’m extremely happy with the Canon due to its excellent zoom, its lovely big 3″ screen, its intuitive interface, and its small size and good looks. The only annoyance is its failure to stay in spot metering mode after that’s been selected, which means that if I take several photos in a row which require spot metering I have to keep manually choosing that setting each time. I’m not sure if this is a bug or a feature.

Here are some photos I took on a walk through Docklands from Beckton District Park to Woolwich. This was Walk 15 on the Capital Ring, a green walking route which circles London. I’ve now done 10 of the 15 sections of the Capital Ring and enjoyed them extremely much, and I’m looking forward to completing the remaining five.