Andrew Mitchell

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Three megapixels was a turning point for digital cameras. Admittedly tiny today, but this number provided sufficient detail for photographers ready to leave the analogue world behind.

Announced in January 2000 the Canon Powershot S20 is essentially it’s a 3.34 …


Back in the late 80’s you had your pick of two satellite TV networks in the UK; Sky and the British Satelitte Broadcasting service. The main difference between the two was the design of the BSB satellite dish; the Squarial. They seemed to be counting on the form factor of…


The River Tyne shot on Lumia 1020

As the annual Black Friday slew of phone deals kick off again, so begins my nostalgia pang for WindowsPhone. The Microsoft OS married to Nokia hardware never made much of a dent in the marketplace and disappeared with a whimper several years ago.

Despite its shortcomings, I loved it. The…


Keyboards, calculators and watches; that’s what I associated Casio with. Whether it’s their bulky but brilliant G-Shock rage, the Cos, Sin and Tan keys of their scientific calculators or the ubiquitous Orchestra Hit; the go-to button to mash whenever you’re in a musical instrument store.

Casio also produced a huge…


Olympus point and shoot cameras come with a tremendous pedigree. The production run for the Olympus Trip 35 ran from 1967 to 1984 with over 10 million units sold. The wonderful XA was one of the smallest rangefinder cameras ever produced.

Working in a supermarket photo-lab we carried a small…


Photography has long been part of my life. During my A-Levels in 1998, I completed a night course in 35mm Photography, much to the annoyance of my teachers who thought my time would be better spent on schoolwork. …

Andrew Mitchell

Digicam Dilettante; Gateshead, UK

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