Cameras

The following cameras have been owned and used by Hans Sundgren.

GoPro HERO5 Session™, action camera
GoPro HERO5 Session camera

Image courtesy: GoPro

Technical data

  • Sensor: 10 MP
  • Lens: Fixed focus, 170º
  • Largest image photo: 3648×2736 px
  • Largest image video: 3840×2160 px
  • Zoom: No
  • GPS: No
  • Image stabilizer: Electronic
  • Battery: Built-in 1000mAh lithium-ion rechargeable
  • Memory: MicroSD (microSDHC) 64 GB
  • Weight: 73 g
  • Size: 38×38×36 mm

February 2017

Hans has already a GoPro Camera, bought 2013 but wants a smaller camera without plastic housing. This model was released 2016 and Hans buys the camera 2017-02-19 from XXL Västerås for SEK 2990.

The camera has voice control and can recognize the following commands:.

  • GoPro Video Mode
  • GoPro Photo Mode
  • GoPro Time Lapse Mode
  • GoPro Burst Mode
  • GoPro Start Recording
  • GoPro HiLight
  • GoPro Stop Recording
  • GoPro Take a Photo
  • GoPro Shoot Burst
  • GoPro Start Time Lapse
  • GoPro Stop Time Lapse
  • GoPro Turn Off

Good

  • Good image quality
  • Voice control

Bad

  • Xxxx
  • Xxxxx
Nikon Coolpix S9900
Nikon S9900 camera

Image courtesy: Nikon

Technical data

  • Film format: Digital 16 megapixels, 1/2.3-in. type CMOS,
  • Largest image: 4608×3456 px
  • Flash type: Internal only
  • Zoom: ×30, 25-750 mm
  • Image stabilizer: Combination of lens shift and electronic VR
  • Sensors; GPS/GLONASS, electronic compass
  • Microphone; ????
  • Battery: Lithium ion
  • Format, still: JPG
  • Format, film: MOV, H.264/MPEG-4
  • Memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Internal memory (approx. 473 MB)
  • Weight: 289 g
  • Size: 112×66×40 mm

September 2015

The current Power Shot S100 was suddenly lost. Hans has no idea were it is and needs a camera for the Swedish Championships in radio-orienteering coming up. He spends some hours investigating cameras on the web and learn that very few compact cameras has a built in GPS, which is a requirement for Hans. After some time he select the Nikon S9900 which is a quite new camera. It has got great reviews and looks nice too.

Hans buys the camera 2015-09-01 from Netonnet in Västerås for SEK 2790.

Good

  • Very good image quality from a compact camera
  • Large zoom.

Bad

  • Image transfer via USB to computer is made via program ViewNX 2 that has to be downloaded and installed.
  • ViewNX 2 cannot be installed on Windows XP that is Hans operating system on the main computer.
Bolyguard SG560K Surveillance and Game Hunting Camera
Bolyguard scouting camera

Image courtesy: Clas Ohlson

Technical data

  • Film format: Digital 5 megapixels, CMOS
  • Largest image: 3328×2496 px
  • Flash type: 40 IR diodes
  • Zoom: No, viewing angle 60°
  • Image stabilizer: No
  • Sensors: PIR sensor
  • Microphone: No
  • Battery: Eight AA/LR6
  • Format, still: JPG
  • Format, film: ???
  • Memory: SD, SDHC
  • Weight: 250 g
  • Size: 140×100×70 mm

Documents

August 2015

Hans is goint to arrange the Swedish Championships in radio-orienteering next week and he wants to try an automatic camera in the forest. After some investigation he decides to buy a camera without SMS/email function. Mainly because it is cheaper and does not need to be configured with SIM card.

Hans buys the camera 2015-08-31 from Clas Ohlson in Västerås for SEK 1499.

Good

  • Very easy to use
  • Built in monitor to view images

Bad

  • ????
  • ???
Garmin VIRB™ Elite, action camera
Garmin Virb camera

Image courtesy: Garmin

Technical data

  • Sensor: 16 MP, 1/2,3", CMOS
  • Lens: ???
  • Largest image photo: 4664×3496 px
  • Largest image video: 1920×1080 px
  • Display: LCD 1.4", 205×148
  • Zoom: No
  • Image stabilizer: Yes, digital
  • Sensors: GPS, accelerometer
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • ANT+™: Yes
  • Battery: Lithium ion 2000 mAh
  • Memory: MicroSD (microSDHC) 64 GB
  • Weight: 125 g
  • Size: 111×53×32 mm

December 2013

At last, Garmin offers a film camera with GPS and connection to heart rate monitor. This makes it possible to insert the speed and heart rate in the final film. The camera produces a film in MP4 format together with GPX and FIT files for location and fitness data from sensors. The data can later be merged in the film editing program Garmin VIRB Edit.

Hans buys the camera 2013-12-29 from Outdoorexperten Västerås for SEK 3195. The accessories shoulder strap, head strap and tripod mount were added.

The camera is paired with the Garmin heart rate monitor belt.

Unit ID 3876779953
Software Version 2.60
WLAN Version 1.20

Good

  • Robust
  • Generates all data needed.

Bad

  • The editing program Garmin VIRB Edit requires operating system Windows 7, which Hans don't have.
  • The FIT-file is not readable XML

2014 January: Memory

Hans buys a Sandisk 32 GB memory for recording storage.

2014 January: Software upgrade

Web updater screen image

Hans uses the camera December 31 during a run in the forest, but after checking the result he discovers that the camera is locked and no film is created. The software delivered with the camera is old so Hans makes an upgrade from 2.60 to 3.10 (released 2013-12-17) a few days after the purchase.

Software Version 3.10
WLAN Version 1.20

Software change history from version 2.80 to 3.10:

  • Enables support for smartphone app - available now on the App Store and Google Play Store
  • Fixes potential lock up during video playback
  • Fixes potential crash when inserting HDMI cable
  • Fixes potential lock up when powering off
  • Elite Only: Adds support for more ANT cadence sensors
  • Elite Only: Fixes bug in accelerometer recordings when set to 'This Side Down'

Changes made from version 2.50 to 2.80:

  • Improved software reliability
  • Improved photo capture performance
  • Fixed intermittent issue with entering mass storage
  • Elite Only: Improved ANT sensor stability
  • Elite Only: Fixed issue with Daylight Savings Time
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition, action camera
GoPro HD Hero camera

Image courtesy: GoPro

Technical data

  • Sensor: 12 MP
  • Lens: Fixed focus, 170º, f2.8
  • Largest image photo: 4000×3000 px
  • Largest image video: 4096×2160 px
  • Zoom: No
  • Image stabilizer: No
  • Battery: Lithium ion 1100 mA
  • Memory: MicroSD (microSDHC) 64 GB
  • Weight: 77 g
  • Size: 40 ×58×24 mm

February 2013

Hans buys the camera 2013-xx-xx from Media Markt Västerås for SEK 3xxx.

Packaging

Good

  • Very good image quality, also in low light
  • Very durable with enclosure, water resistant

Bad

  • High battery consumption
  • Film saved in MP4 format only
Camera with cover

2013 May: Firmware upgrade

A new firmware is released and Hans downloads it. After the firmware upgrade, the unit did not freeze as often as before

2013 August: Firmware upgrade

A new firmware is released 2013-07-29 and Hans installs it 2013-08-08. The release note stated;

  • Enables compatibility with new GoPro App features
  • Corrects HDMI TV preview from low res to high res
  • Fixes forced exposure lock on 0.5 and 1 second time-lapse intervals
  • Optimizes compatibility with select microSD cards by reducing data stream rate to 35Mb/sec while recording in 4K, 2.7K and Protune™ modes (HERO3: Black Edition only).
firmware version":"HD3.03.03.00"
wifi version":"3.4.2.18"
wifi bootloader version":"0.2.2"
wifi mac":"d89685270cfd"
camera type":"Hero3-Black Edition"
Canon Power Shot S100
Canon Ixus 950 IS camera

Image courtesy: Canon

Technical data

  • Film format: Digital 12 megapixels, CMOS sensor
  • Largest image: 4000×3000 px
  • Flash type: Internal only
  • Zoom: ×5, 24-120 mm
  • Image stabilizer: Yes
  • Sensors; GPS, orientation
  • Microphone; Stereo
  • Battery: Lithium ion
  • Format, still: JPG fine, JPG normal, RAW
  • Format, film: H.264
  • Memory: SD card
  • Weight: 198 g
  • Size: 99×60×28 mm

February 2012

The current Canon Ixus camera works will but Hans sees an ad for a special price on the Canon S100. He is very happy with the current Canon camera and knows that the S-series of cameras would suite his requirements. This new camera adds improvements in picture quality, low light conditions and the ability to store GSP location information in the photos.

Hans buys the camera 2012-02-21 from Rajala Pro Shop for SEK 1995.

Good

  • Very good image quality from a compact camera
  • Many settings.

Bad

  • No time lap function
  • ???
Canon Ixus 950 IS camera

2015 August: End of life

Hans cannot find the camera. He do not know where it is lost.

GoPro HD HERO, action camera
GoPro HD Hero camera

Technical data

  • Sensor: 5 MP, 1/2.5″CMOS, 2.2µm-sized pixels
  • Lens: Fixed focus, 170º, f2.8
  • Largest image: 1920×1080 px
  • Zoom: No
  • Image stabilizer: No
  • Battery: Lithium ion 1100 mAh
  • Memory: SD card (SDHC) 32 GB
  • Weight: 94 g
  • Size: 42 ×60×30 mm

Documents

April 2011

Hans has never owned a video camera and has not missed one either. Nevertheless, since some years there is a durable video camera that could be used during running. The camera is intended to be used when running radio-orienteering events.

Good

  • Good image quality due to wide angle lens
  • Very durable with enclosure, water resistant

Bad

  • Only 2 hours continuous recording time due to battery
  • Film saved in MP4 format only
Canon Ixus 950 IS
Canon Ixus 950 IS camera

Image courtesy: Canon

Technical data

  • Film format: Digital 8 megapixels
  • Largest image: 3264×2448 px
  • Flash type: Internal only
  • Zoom: ×4
  • Image stabilizer: Yes
  • Battery: Lithium ion
  • Memory: SD card

July 2007

Just before going on holiday, Hans notices that his Minolta camera is not reliable. He had also seen that the image quality was not so good compared to his friends cameras. Therefore, the day before leaving Sweden, he rushes into Elgiganten and buys the Canon. The image quality is much better and the camera works great as a video recorder. SEK XXX at

The computer magazine Datormagazin tests the camera and writes in Edition 7, 2007: "Sammantaget gör det här Ixus 950 IS till en av de absolut bästa ultrakompakta digitalkameror vi har sett."

Good

  • Good image quality with image stabilizer.
  • High quality video recording, with time laps

Bad

  • Can not use standard batteries
  • Not possible to set exposure time or aperture
Minolta Dimage X20
Minolta Dimage X20 camera

Image courtesy: Minolta

Technical data

  • Film format: Digital 2 Megapixels
  • Largest image: 1600×1200 px
  • Movie recording: 320 x 240 px
  • Flash type: Internal only
  • Zoom: ×3 (internal, folded)
  • Image stabilizer: No
  • Battery: Standard AA, 2
  • Memory card: SD
  • 115 g + batteries, 86 ×67×24 mm

August 2003

Hans' first digital camera. He wants a robust camera without protruding things, like a zoom lens. When Minolta released this camera 2003, it is just the right thing for SEK 2695 at Expert.

Good

  • Small size
  • No protruding lenses, reliable

Bad

  • Not too good image quality
  • No optical viewfinder
Konica Revio Z2 APS
Konica Revio APS camera

Technical data

  • Film format: APS (16.7×30.2 mm)
  • Zoom: ×2
  • Flash type: Internal only
  • Battery: Lithium CR2:3V
  • 144 g + batteries, 95×57×26 mm

May 1998

The current 135 Pentax camera is OK but a new film format is released at this time. The new APS format looks promising and this camera has a self timer and auto-focus. Besides date and time, each image can also be assigned a title of type "Happy Birthday" or "Thank you", but Hans will never use that feature.

Hans buys the camera 1998-05-25 from Expert for SEK 1995. A 3-pack of films costs SEK 150.

Good

  • Time and date is stored on each image.
  • Easy to load the APS cassettes

Bad

  • The APS format used too small negative format
  • The panorama setting used only a small part of the negative

Pentax Espio Mini
Pentax Espio Mini camera

Technical data

  • Film format: 135
  • Zoom: None
  • Flash type: Internal only
  • Battery: Xxxxx

Xxxx 199x

After loosing the FG-20 Hans needs a new camera. An SLR camera is not necessary, the most important feature is the size. Hans wants a small size camera, but with a lot of functions.

Hans buys the camera 1997-02-08 from Expert for SEK 1995 as part of the compensation from the insurance company.

Good

  • Good image quality
  • Lens was protected by cover

Bad

  • No connection for external flash
  • No mechanical shutter (compared to the FG-20).
Nikon FG-20
Nikon FG-20 camera

Technical data

  • Film format: 135
  • Zoom: 35-70 mm
  • Flash type: External only
  • Battery: Xxxxx

Documents

Xxxx 1985

Hans realizes that the Pocket camera is a dead end, and that he needs to take good quality pictures in his work. Therefore, an SLR camera is the natural choice. Nikon has a quite small size camera with both electronic and mechanical shutter. Hans wants to have the fall back of taking pictures even with a dead battery.

Hans uses the camera both in his work and in private. Unfortunately the camera is stolen during a vacation in Portugal 199x.

Accessories used with the camera:

  • Polarizer filter
  • Star-glor effect lens
  • Multiple effect lens
  • Macro lenses
  • Flash

Good

  • Fail safe mechanical shutter, in case of battery failure
  • Small

Bad

  • No indication if film has been loaded correctly
  • ???
Agfamatic 2000
Agfamatic 2000 camera

Technical data

  • Film format: 110
  • Zoom: None, but adapter lens giving y x magnification
  • Flash type: Mechanically triggered square cubes, 4-in-one
  • Battery: None

Documents

July 1974

Hans buys the camera after thorough investigation. No batteries are required because the flash is fired mechanically/chemical without any use of electricity. Unfortunately, this is not a good camera when in come to picture quality due to the small negative size. On the other hand, the camera is small enough to be brought everywhere. About XXX negatives and XXXX positives are shot by Hans using this camera.

Good

  • Very compact, easy to hide
  • No batteries are required

Bad

  • The 110 film is too small size resulting in grainy images
  • Viewing the slides requires a special projector or adaptor frames
Kodak Brownie Starmite
Kodak Brownie Starmite camera

Technical data

  • Film format: 120
  • Zoom: None, fixed focus
  • Flash type: Small single-shot bulbs

Documents

December 1967

At the age of 10 years, Hans gets his first camera as a Christmas gift from his parents. This American camera is a little bit old at this time it is probably sold with a special price in Sweden.

Good

  • Easy to use, only 2 settings (b/w or color).
  • Never failed

Bad

  • The film had to be loaded in darkness
  • Expensive flash-bulbs

Kodak Brownie Starmite camera