16 years ago
I've found my digital camera truly excellent as a note book.
Started 6 or 7 years back when I lived in the US. Saw a plethora
of engines I'd never seen before, & many which I couldn't recognise.
As digital photographs have an incremental cost of zero I got into
the habit of recording all background info for unknown or unusual
engines. For these, I always shoot the engine number plate up
close (good way to engage owners in conversation & learning
more, as u may need to go round 'tother side...), & also any
My camera focusses down to 0.8 inches for that minute detail
you might want, and most digitals focus very close. Fill-in flash
can be very useful when shooting into the sun, to illuminate
detail hidden in dark shadow. Not normally helpful with anything
behind glass or cellophane -- reflections can be too distracting.
This info record has proved invaluable a hundred times over for
research, & to ensure I didn't need to try to remember too much
in any one day....
Also hepful to others when looking at your pix on the web -- saves
u time on labelling, & they can see the data for themselves.
I suspect the only reason we don't see everyone using the camera
as a virtual notebook is that we have an emotional throwback to
"film + processing costs money". Almost any digital, right down
to the =A335 Tesco's specials, will do the job well.