8 November 2012

Uganda: Gadgets - Kiggundu Treasures His Acer Camera

Julius Kiggundu is a second-year university student at Makerere who loves to document major occasions in his life.

He does this with the help of his Acer digital camera, taking photographs of his travels, weddings and parties.

"I am not a professional photographer; so, I find it (the camera) helpful enough. However, I know that there are much better cameras on the market," he said. He added that he got it as a gift from a friend in the United States, and has had it for three years.

Kiggundu says the Acer captures a clear exceptional shot, just like a camera with a high resolution of about fivemegapixel, and it is pretty detailed. "I like the fact that the LCD screen is nice and big (2.0 inches)," he added.

He delightfully mentions that it does not limit him to any particular length of time per clip. "I switch it off to conserve battery life and, with an extra external SD card, I can record with the video option as long as there is space on the card," said Kiggundu.

It comes with a carry pouch, essential for protecting the LCD screen, and a battery charger. Kiggundu is, however, quick to mention the camera's downsides. "Photos, particularly those taken indoors or in low light conditions, appear fuzzy. I did not find the manual helpful," said Kiggundu.

Generally, landscape shots taken outside in good weather conditions do turn out well but there does appear to be an issue with the focus not being quite set right when taking photos of the house or other shots inside.

The other problems relate to the battery life/battery indicator. Kiggundu said the battery life lasts about three hours if constantly used.

"A couple of times, it has shown via the battery indicator that the batteries are only half used but then suddenly it flashes red and shuts down with no warning," he said.

Kiggundu said besides the battery issues, it has never failed him. He wishes to save up and buy a respectable Digital Single Lens Reflex camera, preferably a Nikon.

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