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10/30/2005 03:37:04 AM · #1
I want to buy a very compact, high quality "pocketable" camera that has around 8mp.

Right now, the ones that are looking promising are Sony Cybershot DSCP200, Canon Powershot S80, and Canon PowerShot SD550. I've also looked at a similar Casio (the image quality doesn't seem as good). There's also a 8mp Panasonic out there that doesn't seem like it's for me. Finally, Olympus Stylus 800 has some bad reviews, and Olympus SP-350 seems too big (though it got good reviews and everything).

My main question is - what are my other options? I want at least 7MP, and 8 is better. I can probably find more info about them by myself (and make a fair judgement), but there's just so many digital cameras out there that's it's hard to find models with the stuff I'm looking for. Thank you for your help! :)
10/30/2005 08:06:17 AM · #2
imho 8mp is just overkill for any ultracompact, and is a gimmicky marketing feature. There's no way you will get glass good enough in such a small and inexpensive package to justify the true 8mp, not to mention the shoddy autofocus on these things.
10/30/2005 08:18:20 AM · #3
Stylus 800

This camera is probably what you are looking for, but I have to agree with riot, that 8mp in a ultracompact is a bit of a gimmick. You will get better photos (IMHO) with something that has more optical zoom (10x) and 4mp, for example. Just my 2 cents:)
10/30/2005 08:20:56 AM · #4
Both Steve's Digicams and DPReview have buying guides that let you select cameras based on criteria you select. They could be helpful in this situation.

However, I do agree with riot on this one...8mp on a compact might give you some mixed results, especially in the noise department. If you do go to DPReview, read up on the sensor sizes there (they will have a link out of the reviews to this information). Look how small the sensors are. For example, I have a Canon S50 (the 5mp version of the S80) and it has noise issues, but it has 3 million less pixels on its sensor than the S80, and the sensors are the same size dimesnionally. Granted, my camera is older and they have made improvements over the years.

Note that a good lense and a good low megapixel sensor will yield better results than a mediocre lense and a medicore high megapixel sensor. Even if you plan to blow your prints up to monster sizes, having a good starting point in the form of a good quality image will provide good results. Normally, you view large prints from a greater distance, anyway, so the lack of resolution becomes less of an issue.

One last thing...you will need big pockets for an S80...it's a small camera in the grand scheme of things, just not that small.
10/30/2005 09:26:05 AM · #5
Remember, more megapixels on a tiny sensor = more noise.
10/30/2005 10:31:34 AM · #6
Not sure if it is "pocket" enough for you, but I'm looking at the Fuji Finepix E900. 9MP, 4X optical, full manual controls, shoots in raw, "near-instantaneous" shutter response and it's black. And Fuji's Real Photo Technology, especially the "Natural Light" shooting mode, looks like it could be a great camera to take out on the town, parties, family get-togethers, etc.

It just started shipping a couple weeks ago so I haven't had a chance to play with one in the store yet.

Message edited by author 2005-10-30 10:32:26.
10/30/2005 04:02:06 PM · #7
Thanks for all the information, everyone :)

EddyG, the E900 does look interesting, but it has no reviews yet, and Fuji is a company I don't necessarily trust. I noticed that there are some cameras that are coming out for the holidayy season, like this Sony.
It looks very pocketable, though I can't speak for the image quality just yet. I think I'll actually wait a little while, since I don't need the camera right away.

For now, does anyone know of any other newly released, or soon to be released, high quality ultra compact cameras?
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