Island Images - Digital Cameras
Some details & pictures of cameras used in production of this website
(Pictures are not to scale!)
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Current Cameras
The cameras fitted to most smartphones these days are more than capable of taking pictures of high quality, on a typical website sized picture it would be difficult to
tell the difference between a phone camera picture and one from a high end digital DSLR.  Some of the pictures in Island Images are taken with my phone, at the moment a Samsung Galaxy A71.
DJI Osmo Pocket 3
November 2023 - 
3840 x 2160 Pixels (16:9)
4K Video
A fixed aperture (f/2.0) & focal length (20mm equivalent). Very good in low light situations.  Has a super wireless mic with wind muff.  Great ability to switch the camera around from forward to self facing with just 3 clicks.
Insta360 Ace Pro
December 2023 - 
8064 x 4536 Pixels (16:9)
8K video
Fixed aperture (f/2.6) & focal length (16mm equivalent)  Bought as a replacement for the GoPro 9, but proving itself to be a very capable still and video camera, exceptionally good in very low light. Much better menu system than the GoPro. Hinged screen.
Panasonic Lumix FZ72 - FZ82
16.1 Mp
FZ72 4608 x 2592 Pixels (16:9)
November 2013 - Sep 2022
FZ82 4896 x 2752 pixels (16:9)
November 2022 - 
 Follow on from the FZ150 with amazing 60x optical zoom, (20mm - 1200mm 35mm equivalent). The FZ82 is very similar to the FZ72, which was just getting a little tired and internally dusty from use.
Nikon D7100
24.1 Mp
6000 x 4000 Pixels
September 2014 -
Replacement for the D80 - great all round camera with reliable metering.  18 - 105mm, 70 - 300mm Nikon AF-S,  105mm Sigma macro & 150 - 500mm Sigma DG lenses.
Panasonic Lumix TZ60
18.1 Mp
4896 x 2752 Pixels
April 2015 - 
Improved version of the TZ10 compact I'd had for a while, 30x optical zoom and an electronic viewfinder.  Can shoot very good panoramas.  Although to a large degree replaced by the TZ200, still in use from time to time.
Panasonic Lumix TZ200
20 Mp
5478x3080 Pixels (wide format)
September 2018 - 
Replacement for the TZ60, not quite as much zoom (24 - 360mm 35mm equivalent) but a larger 1" sensor and other updated features. This is my 'take everywhere' camera and a lot of the website pictures come from it.
GoPro Hero 9
20 Mp
5184 x 3888 Pixels
September 2021 - 
A new camera bought mainly for taking on kayak trips as it'scompletely waterproof.  I don't really like how the menu system works and it seems to switch all to readily into a time lapse sequence when I'm just trying to switch it off!
Cameras on Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUAs)
Currently in Use
DJI Mini 2
12 Mp
4000 x 2250 Pixels (wide format)
December 2020 - 
Maximun Take-Off Mass (MTOM) <250g
Bought as a replacement for the Spark.  Main advantage is that it is fitted with the DJI OcuSync 2 data transmission system so should have a much more reliable control link to and from the aircraft.  Can shoot 4K video and RAW still images.  My first Mini 2 developed a harware fault but was replaced under warrenty.
Hours flown: 80:10 (January 2023)
DJI Air 2S
20 Mp
5472 x 3078 Pixel (16:9 format)
February 2022 - 
Maximum Take-Off Mass (MTOM) 595g
Bought as a more up to date and lighter replacement for the Phantom 4 Pro with a virtually identical camera, although no mechanical shutter.  Fitted with the very reliable OcuSync 2 data link system.  Also has ADS-B detection fitted for warning of suitably equipped aircraft operating in the vicinity.
Hours flown: 23:35 (January 2023)
Retrired or in Reserve
DJI Phantom 2 Vision+
14 Mp
4384 x 2466 Pixels
November 2014 - January 2017
Maximum Take-Off Mass (MTOM) 1242g
My first remote Aerial camera platform, I found it amazing to be able to get aerial pictures with it.  Used for shooting all the photos in my 'Man With Altitude' book. Used an 'Enhanced Wi-Fi' for data connections that wasn't 100% reliable.
Hours Flown:  46:35
DJI Spark
12 Mp
3968 x 2976 Pixels
August 2017 - Currently in reserve
Maximum Take-Off Mass (MTOM) 300g
Bought as a 'go anywhere' mini drone that I could pack up in a rucksack and take to more remote places.  Has also been to Lanzarote twice (as in pic above).  Let down by often unreliable 'Enhanced Wi-Fi' used for the data link system, but apart from that proved to be very capable.
Hours Flown: 70:55 (January 2023)
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
20 Mp
5472 x 3078Pixels (wide format)
January 2017 - Currently in reserve
Maximum Take-Off Mass (MTOM) 1388g
Standby Aerial camera platform, can also shoot video.  All round improvements on the Phantom 2 with a 1" camera sensor and using the DJI OcuSync 2.0 data transmission system which gives a rock solid control link to and from the aircraft.
Hours Flown: 80:30 (January 2023)
Older Digital Cameras
Fuji DS7
0.31 Mp
640 x 480 pixels
Pre 2000
My (and Fuji's) first digital camera. Originally retailing at £599 (mine was discounted!)
I still have it and it still worked on last time I tried to use it!
Fuji MX-1700
1.5 Mp
1280 x 1024 pixels
Jan 2000 - Mar 2001
My first camera capable of 'reasonable' website pictures.
3x Optical Zoom
Now broken - lens jammed
Fuji 4900
2.4 Mp
1600 x 1200 pixels
Mar 2001 - May 2003
Replacement for the 1700, bought in Dubai on Australia trip.
6x Optical Zoom
Sold on.
Fuji S602
3.1 Mp
2048 x 1536 pixels
May 2003 - Oct 2004
Replacement for the 4900
6x Optical zoom
    Fuji F700 
    3.1 Mp
2048 x 1536 pixels
Aug 2004 -
Bought mainly for use with Fuji underwater housing, but also used on its own
3x Optical Zoom
Fuji S7000
6.3 Mp
2848 x 2136 pixels
Oct 2004 -
Replacement for the S602
6x Optical Zoom
Nikon D70
6.1 Mp
3008 x 2000 pixels
Jun 2005 - 2007
My first digital SLR!
Lenses are: Nikon 18-70 zoom, Nikon 70-300 Zoom, Sigma 105 Macro
'Tchibo' - 
10.1 Mp
(Picture is almost identical Minox DC1011) 
3648 x 2736 pixels
Jul 2007 - 2010
Compact camera
3x Optical Zoom
A good camera at bargain pricebut let down by poor battery performance. Replaced by TZ10.
Nikon P100
10 Mp
3648 x 2736 pixels
March 2011 - March 2012
Great 26x optical zoom and good manual features, not convinced about the sensor quality though, loosing fine details. Replaced by Panasonic FZ150
 Nikon D80
10 Mp
3872 x 2592 pixels
Nov 2007 -  2014
Another Nikon SLR - improved version of the D70 using the same lenses. Very variable metering though and replaced by Nikon D7100
Panasonic TZ10
12.1 Mp
4320 x 2432 Pixels (in wide format)
April 2010 - 2015
Replacement compact for the Tchibo
12x optical zoom - an excellent camera and I was really pleased with results.
Panasonic FZ150
12 Mp
4000 x 2248 Pixels (wide format)
March 2012 - 2013
Replacement for the Nikon P100, easy to carry around and with a host of features.
24x optical zoom, 25mm - 600mm 35mm equivalent.