Little knew that I bought William‘s old Nikon Coolpix 2200 camera to modify, into an auto-focus infrared-enabled camera!
From left to right, top to bottom:
- The Nikon Coolpix 2200, with 3x zoom and a variety of scene modes e.g. Landscape which would be the closest thing to focus at infinity and a dark aperture.
- It is also the same size as my Canon Powershot A520. Minus the manual controls, sadly, or even an adjustable ISO sensitivity! I detest Nikon for discarding manual controls on entry-level cameras, when it used to have it.
- I opened it up, and touched the flash capacitor at least three times, getting a nice numbing zap each time.
- Spot the SD card slot!
- The auto-focus gears.
- The cursed item – the infrared-blocking filter!
- Upon reassembling, I found it very challenging to reinsert the circuit combs.
- The optical viewfinder is dusty.
- The infrared-blocking filter, removed.
- The tripod mount, plastic, but at least it is not part of the camera. Fazri would appreciate this!
So what happened to it? Why don’t you see me carrying it around?
I killed it. I popped in batteries and a SD card, and it didn’t turn on.
Upon reassembling it, I found two extra pieces that I could not figure where it belonged to/dropped out from. I also had three extra screws!
For some reason, Nikon and I just don’t get along well. I’ve held a Nikon D70s which randomly refused to focus despite having a bright f1.8 lens, and not too dark conditions. I’ve also touched Paul‘s new D80, which had some weird inability to autofocus until he reset something. Not to mention that I am not a fan of the D50’s noise levels, or Nikon’s mellower colors, or the fact that Nikon is not playing catch up or bothering to include newer features the same way Canon did when they came out with the 400D.
At the moment, I guess my manual focus infrared-modded Fujifilm Digital Q1 will have to do.