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Wilson Tsoi

It was a sad day when my trusty, often travel companion, Canon PowerShot A80 passed away in a drowning accident at north end of Lake Washington in a rare, sunny day of winter '05. After the mourning was over, I've chosen an A620 as a replacement. Its first outing was a cold, short trip to a local ski slope, Stevens Pass. A week later, I brought it along on a working trip to Chicago. The following images are example of what a camera like the A620 can produce. Click "Details" tab on each image for relavent technical details. Here are my other images.

Canon A620 Images

Seven Stuartson , April 28, 2006; 12:13 A.M.


I'm sorry to learn of the family tragedy, but time and A620s heal.
You're a little modest : sure a camera like the A620 can produce images like those above, provided you're the one controlling the compositions and settings. The style is distinctly your own, the exposures are exceptional because you understand light. What you have done with a compact digicam must act as inspiration to any user.....heck I've been out at night with my A540 @ iso 80 in consequence of viewing Night Moves. Sometimes I don't even bother with a mini tripod, just plonk it down on the pavement & press the 2 second self timer, occasionally I bag a keeper. So, thanks.

And I hope the new baby can swim!

Pnina Evental , June 23, 2006; 06:23 P.M.

Wilson, sorry for your drowned camera, but you know that the camera is only a tool, and when the hands and knowledge are there, and mostly the skills ,No wonder, seeing here the sum of your competence. Beautifully done and presented.

A.K. Sircar , July 05, 2006; 10:05 A.M.

May Its Body Rest in Peace. I empathise with your obituary note.Take care of your new arrival.It will take care of you.Excellent images.

ramon castro , August 09, 2006; 04:10 A.M.


hi wilson. how do you setup your a620? thanks

Vandit Kalia , August 12, 2006; 01:23 A.M.

Good stuff!

Excellent portfolio - shows that the eye matters far more than the tool.


Tim Lookingbill , August 25, 2006; 06:03 P.M.

Looks good enough for a stock agency.

Are those straight out of the camera or did you get them to look like that post processing with an image editor?

Amanda Splawinski , October 30, 2006; 01:26 P.M.

A620 Inspiration

Wow! You are an inspiration to me and my wallet!! I bought the A620 about a year ago, and I am extremly happy with it, however, I had convinced myself that I "needed" to spend more, or my camera "needed" a larger body. Also, I have been shooting without any filters and/or lenses. But, I have decided to invest in accessories for this camera before I run out and buy a $2000 body. Any advice for purchasing my first accessories? I would really appreciate it, thanks! Keep up the good work......You're a lighting genius!

Wilson Tsoi , November 03, 2006; 09:25 P.M.

Hi Amanda,

Thanks for visit and kind words. I answered some of your questions here. If you have any other question, please feel free to ask.

Wilson Tsoi , November 03, 2006; 09:41 P.M.

Thanks for all your comments,

SEVEN: Indeed time certainly heals. Funny thing is every once in a while, I can stick 4 AAs in the old A80 and it would come back to life, but only for a few minutes! I appreciate your comments and yes, sometimes i also dish the tripod and just shoot 2-sec timer naked. Lots of fun, ain't it?!

PNINA: Thanks for your condolence and kind comment, Pnina.

A.K.: Thanks, Sircar. It r.i.p. in my office drawer now.

RAMON: The settings are all over the board depending on circumstances, the effect I'm after, the colors, multiple exposures, etc. The exposure I use most often is probably aperture priority with manual a close second. I also use the 2 second self-timer quite often. If you would click on each image's detail tab, you'll find all the setting and relevant details.

VANDIT: Thanks for your kind words, Vandit.

TIM: Thanks, Tim. I put all my A620 images through Photoshop for at the very minimum, to properly size and sharpen images for posting or printing. I also increase a bit of saturation and adjust color balance as I see fit. Sometimes I shoot multiple exposures of identical scene and merge them to obtatin a high dynamic range. Whatever to get the result I after, pretty much.

Wilson ^_^

AmirAli Sharifi , December 04, 2006; 04:17 A.M.

hi first i want to thank you for you answers to my question in forum :) the i wanted to tell you that your photos are really nice and i love them very much :)

steve timson , December 11, 2006; 02:34 P.M.

Great stuff

Your pictures are great anyway, and of course that is your natural talent, but to think that they are taken with an A620 is inspiration indeed and shows that you don't always need the biggest most expensive piece of kit to do the job. I shall be taking my A620 out more often.

Paddy Alava , March 07, 2007; 01:41 P.M.

Thank you!

Wilson, I found your gallery via a random google search and I'm glad I did! Your pictures are nothing short of inspirational. I'm especially pleased to find out that some (if not most) of them are unmanipulated pictures taken with an A620, which is what I have (and will stay with for a couple of years until I finish school, and save up for a second camera). Can I ask you which books you would recommend to arrive at an understanding of photography theory that would let me get to a point at which I could start taking pictures like these? Thanks again for the inspiration, Patrick

Albert Smith , July 12, 2007; 11:34 A.M.


I found your portfolio when responding to a question on the Nikon forum about a good P&S to supliment an SLR. I posted my reply about my experience with the A620 / A630, and made that recomendation all before seeing your work here. I said that the Canon could produce nice work, but your images here make me feel so small. I use Nikons and Leicas for "serious" stuff, and was totally happy with the snaps from the Canon A series.

You prove it... it is the photographer! We use the same gear, and I never would have thought to use it for "real" photography. Thanks for the kick in the butt that I needed to get out and really use my camera.

Frank Eleveld , July 30, 2007; 05:01 A.M.


... work! Every image is a wonderful work of art. Beautiful.

Best regards, Frank

Marco Di Gianvito , August 01, 2007; 12:18 P.M.

Seen a link to this on kenrockwell.com: great visualizations, great colors, great compositions! A lesson for me: thank you!

William Kazak , August 02, 2007; 03:23 A.M.

Great pics!

Even Ken Rockwell is recommending that we visit your site to see your pics. Very nice stuff, here. A simple approach with great results. You are an artist, with a camera, for sure. William Kazak

Paul De Zan , August 20, 2007; 04:58 P.M.


What a wakeup call for me. I've been using the A620 for over a year and have made a lot of memorable images...but NOTHING like these.

Cameras don't matter! Cameras don't matter! Cameras don't matter! Cameras don't matter! Cameras don't matter!

Ross Campbell , January 23, 2008; 10:20 A.M.

Superb !!

Every now and then a talent comes along that takes us by surprise and we think how can he do that. Wilson your photography skills are nothing short of spectacular. You truly are an inspiration ... just wonderful, fantastic, creative, superb photos.

Dirk van der Duim , April 07, 2008; 09:06 P.M.

Great Photos

Hi, Wilson, I was referred to your page by Ken Rockwell's site, where he lifted you up as an example of someone who does amazing things with "humble" equipment. (http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/notcamera.htm) I have to say that I'm really impressed with your vision of the world. Your photos have balance, movement, and imagination that really strike me. You're tapped into something good here. Keep it up, and thanks for sharing!

Yannik Hay , May 09, 2009; 03:26 P.M.

Too bad for the oldie but good news with the newbie! These are superb photos done by an expert photographer! :) Thx for sharing.

avas tuser , October 31, 2009; 05:51 A.M.

Great photos!


Hi, just wondering how you achieve these great shots using just a point and shoot camera....I believe there is no photoshop work done on these photos, and am trying to figure out how to get those brilliant colors. I set my 3MP Konica-Minolta Z1 to "high contrast" and "vivid color", took some night scenes on tripod, but still didn't get the result anything closed to your night photos. Thanks for any pointer.......

Harry Zweier , November 09, 2010; 12:38 P.M.


Beautiful composition and exposures.  A shining example of doing more with less.

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