Camera Specifications

Camera 1: FujiFilm FinePix A101

First used: October 2002 (gift) -- served me well for many years, despite an abundance of orbs in flash photos. The on-off switch started getting stuck in late 2014, so I was forced to move on (see Camera #3 below).

Camera Overview


"The A101 has a fixed-focal-length lens, equivalent to a 36mm lens on a 35mm film camera. (Moderate wide angle coverage.) Focus is also fixed, covering a range of approximately 2.6 feet (80cm) to infinity in normal shooting mode. (A Macro switch next to the lens allows you to focus on subjects as close as 3 inches / 80mm.)"

Basic Features

Special Features

Camera 2: Olympus Camedia C720 Ultra Zoom

First used: Spring 2013 (eBay purchase) -- I didn't care for it, but Gordy still uses it on a tri-pod

Camera Overview

Other specifications (from PDF User's Manual)

Product type Digital camera (for shooting and displaying)
Recording system
Still Digital recording, JPEG (in accordance with Design rule for Camera File system (DCF)), TIFF
(non-compression), Digital Print Order Format (DPOF)
Movie QuickTime Motion JPEG support
Memory 3V (3.3V) SmartMedia, 4 MB - 128 MB (all cards except 2 MB)
No. of storable pictures 1 frame (TIFF: 1984x1488)
(When a 16 MB Approx. 7 frames (SHQ: 1984x1488)
card is used) Approx. 21 frames (HQ: 1984x1488)
Approx. 24 frames (SQ1: 1600x1200)
Approx. 99 frames (SQ2: 640x480)
No. of effective pixels 3,000,000 pixels
Image pickup device 1/2.5" CCD solid-state image pickup
3,340,000 (gross)
Recording image 1984 x 1488 pixels (TIFF/SHQ/HQ)
resolutions 1600 x 1200 pixels (SQ1)
1280 x 960 pixels (SQ2)
1024 x 768 pixels (SQ2)
640 x 480 pixels (SQ2)
Lens Olympus lens 6.4 mm to 51.2 mm, f2.8 to f3.4,
10 elements in 7 groups (equivalent to 40 mm to 320 mm lens on 35 mm camera)
Photometric system Digital ESP metering, Spot metering system
Aperture W : f2.8 to f7.1
T : f3.4 to f7.1
Shutter speed Used with mechanical shutter
Still 1/2 to 1/1000 sec. (M mode: 8 to 1/1000 sec.;
when Night Scene flash mode is used: 2 to 1/1000 sec.)
Movie 1/30 to 1/8000 sec.
Viewfinder 0.5" TFT color LCD display
Approx. 114,000 pixels
Monitor 1.5" TFT color LCD display
Approx. 114,000 pixels

Battery charging time Approx. 7 sec. (at normal temperature with new for flash batteries)
Autofocus TTL system autofocus,
Contrast detection system,
Focusing range: W : 0.1 m to 8 (0.3 ft to 8)
T : 1.0 m to 8 (3.2 ft to 8)
Outer connector DC-IN jack, USB connector (mini-B),
Automatic calendar Up to 2099
Power supply For batteries, use 2 CR-V3 lithium battery packs,
or 4 AA (R6) NiMH batteries, NiCd batteries, alkaline batteries or lithium batteries.
AC adapter (optional)
Manganese (zinc-carbon) batteries cannot be used.
Dimensions 107.5 mm x 76 mm x 77.5 mm (W) X (H) X (D) (4.2" x 3.0" x 3.1")
Weight 315 g (0.7 lb) (without batteries/card)

Camera 3: Nikon COOLPIX S9700

First used: January 2015 (purchased new on eBay)

Camera Overview

Camera details from eBay listing
Nikon 16.0-Megapixels COOLPIX S9700 with Built-In WiFi Digital Camera Gives You Huge Zoom Power in a Pocket Size Get amazing zoom that will fit comfortably in your pocket with the WiFi and GPS enabled Nikon16.0-Megapixels COOLPIX S9700 Digital Camera. Its outstanding 30x optical zoom NIKKOR glass lens packs more reach than many bulky super telephoto lenses, yet it retracts safely into an ultra-slim camera when not in use. The COOLPIX S9700 features Lens-shift Vibration Reduction, which helps combat the blurring effect of camera shake, crucial when shooting at far distances. Also, Nikon's free mobile app lets you use a compatible smartphone or tablet to see what the COOLPIX S9700 sees, take photos and instantly share them by text message, email or uploading to your favorite social networking sites complete with GPS coordinates! Just slip the COOLPIX S9700 into a pocket, and share amazing views of your adventures.

Key Features
Camera Type Point & Shoot
Optical Zoom 30x
Sensor Resolution 16.0 MP
Screen Size 3"

Weight 8.2 Oz.

Lens For SD EFL: 4.5-135 mm

Other Features
Additional Features 1080i Full HD Movie Recording with sound, Built-In GPS, Color Control, Digital Zoom, Image Stabilization, Red eye Fix, USB 2.0, USB Charging, USB Compatibility, Wi-Fi