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03/01/2006 09:59:02 PM · #1
hey guys, I'm looking for a compact camera to supplement my dslr.

Basically I'd like it to be

-small enough to take with me essentially 24/7 and sneak into some places that don't allow cameras

-at least some manual controls like iso/shutter

-reasonable quality photos when taken in not perfect conditions with no flash

preferebly I'd like to have a viewfinder, but from what I'm seeing the viewfinder is being removed on most of the newer compact cameras for a larger lcd.

I'm liking the previews on the olympus stylus 720 sw, but they're not released yet so I don't know if they fixed any of the stuff that was wrong with the last series.

any suggestions?
03/01/2006 10:13:59 PM · #2
the canon A or S series cameras are pretty nice small P&S's.
03/01/2006 10:20:18 PM · #3
I really like the Canon S's. I have the S50. It isn't the smallest compact camera but has full manual control. If it hadn't been for a desire to try other lenses, it would be the only camera that I would own. Images from it have done very well at the County Fair.
03/01/2006 10:29:40 PM · #4
I would tend to agree to keep it in the family if nothing more than the menu system. I went PowerShot S50 then to the PowerShot Pro1 to the 20D...all menus were (basically) the same... Same three tabs, Same Jump function etc...no learning curve what-so-ever, same has to be true going the other way.

My wife had an Oly C5000 zoom, they got a 750 at work, I hate them both because of the menu system and lack of control (buttons) on the cameras themselves. I want to take pictures not do the menu dance to set it up to shoot.
03/01/2006 10:42:31 PM · #5
wont go wrong with the Canon iXUS family.
Those SD series are pretty good, like the SD550 :)
03/01/2006 11:06:57 PM · #6
I've been wanting the new Fuji e900...it has no shutter lag like most point-and-shoot. Just need to save up some money.
03/01/2006 11:52:38 PM · #7
Originally posted by nick800:

and sneak into some places that don't allow cameras


Careful with that. You could concievably get beat up and banned from the place if the security guards are having a bad day.

The Canon SD series are pretty good. Not the best sensors or the best lenses and they don't really have any manual controls. But decent little cameras to throw in your pocket and pull out to snap a couple photos. Durable too.
03/02/2006 03:22:45 AM · #8
Originally posted by nick800:

and sneak into some places that don't allow cameras
any suggestions?


Gigs? If so, this really narrows down your options. I've always recommended a Panasonic FZ5 and people have got amazing results with this camera when shooting bands.
03/02/2006 03:25:15 AM · #9
I say, the Fuji F11 is also a fine camera
03/02/2006 04:35:14 AM · #10
I would exercise a little patience and go for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1 which is due out later this month. It looks to be the ultimate compact from what has been said about it.

//panasonic.co.jp/pavc/global/lumix/
03/02/2006 08:42:10 PM · #11
Nobody's mentioned the Casio EX-Z750. Hard to get much smaller and less obtrusive and still deliver excellent results and a full (for a compact) set of manual controls.
03/02/2006 09:01:17 PM · #12
If you want 24/7 portability, Sony Erricsson came out with a 3MP cellphone/cam in the US (other parts of the world get better resolution).

DP Review seems to like the few new P&Ses (note that the Canon 700 has ISO 800 and IS) //www.dpreview.com/articles/pma2006/
03/02/2006 09:19:37 PM · #13
Originally posted by crayon:

I say, the Fuji F11 is also a fine camera


I second that wholeheartedly. Only the Fuji Finepix F10 model is available in the U.S., but it's tiny, inexpensive, 6.3mp, and actually usable at ISO800! A newer F30 model is due in May, which will add ISO3200, full manual controls and some fancy flash tricks.
03/03/2006 08:21:01 AM · #14
Get the new Canon PowerShot SD700 IS Digital ELPH / Canon Digital IXUS 800 IS when it comes out in April time.

I've used it and it's very small, has a really good 3-stop IS advantage (6x when combined with the high ISO800) plus 4x optical zoom and optical viewfinder with 2.5" screen.

It also feels great - really solid and satisfying.

R
03/03/2006 08:26:53 AM · #15
can't your XT pretty much fit in your pocket? How much smaller do they get?
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