Fujifilm FinePix F550 EXR


A compact, travellers’ digicam with built-in GPS, raw file support, some useful shooting modes and Full HD video recording.Fujifilm’s FinePix F550 EXR steps into the competitive ‘travellers’ zoom’ sector of the digicam market, providing a few advantages over its main rivals. For photo enthusiasts, its most critical benefits are P, A, S and M shooting modes plus support for raw file capture. Add in a 15x zoom lens plus support for Full HD movie recording and you have a feature-rich, all-in-one imaging device with a very competitive price tag.

Margaret’s Antarctica Post 3: El Calafate


February 8, 2006: Patagonia at last! The Nikon D200 and Sony camcorder got their first real workout today as we have now embarked on the “real” part of our trip. Our arrival in El Calafate yesterday evening coincided with the arrival of another plane full of tourists and the town is absolutely packed with visitors. It’s difficult to find accommodation – and seating in restaurants – unless you pre-book. One of the benefits of joining an organised tour is having all this taken care of, leaving you free to enjoy as much as possible.

Margaret’s Antarctica Post 10: Wrap-up


March 3, 2006: At the end of a trip like this you inevitably ask yourself: would I do the same things again or are there some things I would change? This is particularly important when you’ve spent a substantial amount of time and money and visited environments as challenging as Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula. In fact, I can confidently say that the majority of our choices were good ones – and, where things were less than totally satisfactory, the fault lay more with the fact that better alternatives were simply not available.