So Simon has gone and gotten new toys to enthuse him to regularly take photos and use on his trip. That was enough encouragement for me to finally go get a new camera.
Well some time ago I said I was going to get a new camera to take everywhere with me. My Canon G2 is still a great camera and does everything I want, unfortunately weighing in at over 500g it is not a drop in the pocket and take everywhere camera. I started looking for a small digital camera that shot RAW format (very limited options) or had aperture priority (again very few options). In the end I decided size mattered more than those features and I was going to settle on a hopefully indestructible Olympus 720, until I walked into the camera store and saw the Samsung digimax i6, it was the size I wanted (tiny), has a three times optical zoom (all I need) and some cute tricks, it records video, audio, plays MP3s and even plays back movies (after converting anything Windows Media can play into Samsungs proprietary format on a Windows machine). So I have a new toy and it does do a decent job of taking photos, the Beaucott Buildings in Mt Lawley (there is something about type).