Bob's Backyard Photographic Equipment
NEW Live Cameras for 2007
  • Fourteen 3Com Homeconnect USB Model 0776

    1/4" CCD Sensor
    VGA 640x480
    Auto White Balance
    Auto Shutter
    Minimum Illumination 1 lux

    NEW Camera for 2001
  • Canon Powershot S300 Digital Elph

    3x Zoom Lens (35 mm film equivalent: 35- 105 mm)
    1600 x 1200, 2.11 million-pixel 1/2.7 in. CCD
    120,000-pixel, 1.5 in. low-temperature polycrystalline silicon TFT LCD
    CompactFlash card (Type I)
    94.8 x 62.5 x 29.9 mm (3.7 x 2.5 x 1.2 in.)
    240 g (8.5 oz.) excluding batteries and CF Card

    NEW Live Cameras for 2000

  • Four 2.4 GHz wireless XCam2 cameras

    1/3" CMOS Sensor
    Array Size NTSC - 510 x 492
    Resolution 310 TV Lines
    Scanning 2:1 Interlace
    Auto Shutter 1/60 to 1/15,000 sec.
    Minimum Illumination (f1.8)
    Operating Temperature -10C to 55C 14F to 131F
    Humidity Limits 0 - 95% Humidity
    38 Degree Range of View

    NEW Camera for 2000
  • Sony DCR-trV8 with 680,000 element 1/4" CCD

    10x Carl Zeiss Zoom Lens
    Super Steady Shot
    Mini DV format

    It replaced

  • Canon L1 Hi8 Video Camera with 410,000 element 1/2" CCD

  • Canon CL 8-120 mm f/1.4-2.1 15x Zoom Lens
  • Canon CL 2x Extender
    I am still using
  • S-Video Cable
  • ixTV NTSC PCI Video Capture Card
  • NEW OrangeLink FireWire / USB PCI Board
  • Apple G3 233 Macintosh Computer

  • The camera's tripod sits on my desk, next to the G3's monitor. Many of the photos are taken
    through a window behind the desk.

    Depending on the available light, I usually set the shutter speed up to 1/100 or 1/250.
    Most of the captures are taken near maximum lens aperture, making focus very critical.
    With the extender, the Canon's lens is the equivalent of a 1296mm lens on a 35mm camera!
    The new Sony only has a 10x zoom compared to the Canon's 15x.
    Shutter speed control of the new camera is limited, but the images are better.

    The captures start as 600k 640x480 pixel bitmaps. After adjusting their brightness
    and contrast, I resize the captures to 320x240 or 480x360. The images are finally saved
    into a progressive JPEG compressed format yielding greater than 12:1 compression.
    The resulting 32bit 72dpi pictures average 1600 colors and are some of the best
    you will find on the web.

    The back of my Apple G3 computer: