Need compact digital camera

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Romulan, Oct 2, 2004.

  1. Romulan macrumors member

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    Hello all,

    I'm hoping you guys can help me find a digital camera to fit my needs. Im looking for a compact camera that I can fit in my pocket. I'll be doing the normal family pictures, lots o goof pics with my friends, and some amateur photography. I'm not a control freak, so I'm alright with the camera doing most of the things for me. I looked at the Canon SD10. It was nice, but the fact that it doesn't have a viewfinder bugs me a bit. I'm not sure if that would work so well. Does anyone have any experience with this camera? Any suggestions would be great. Thanks!

    Romulan
     
  2. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    For little cameras, viewfinders don't do anything. SLR cameras and things like that have a viewfinder that looks through the lens, but it doesn't in smaller, lower-end cameras. Therefore, if you have a camera comparable to an SD10 it is disadvantageous to use the viewfinder anyway. The only real drawback of the SD10 is that it lacks optical zoom, otherwise it is a very nice tiny little camera.

    One of my friends here at MacRumors, edesignuk, got an SD10 recently and was very pleased with it.
     
  3. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    The SD10 (also called the "IXUS i") is a great little camera - take a look at this thread. The only thing it lacks is an optical zoom, but as I said (over and over in that thread!) it wasn't important to me.
     
  4. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Some test shots for you...(hope you're not 56k!)

    These were taken with my IXUS i/SD10 within the last couple of weeks...

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    Not bad for a camera that is this big :eek: :cool: :D

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  5. Joeytpg macrumors 6502

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    i got the Minolta Dimage x20, great cam.......it works perfectly! :D

    plus a great quality
     
  6. BeoVir macrumors member

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    The Canon SD110 is also a great camera. It is small and light. I have found it easy to use and very reliable.
     
  7. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    pics look great... but I could never live without an optical zoom! How about another of the small canon cameras?
     
  8. advocate macrumors regular

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    I just picked up a Pentax Optio S30 last week. I love it. It's tiny. I stick it in my jacket pocket and hardly know it's there. And it was an absolute steal for $279 Canadian from a reputable brick-and-mortar store in the neighbourhood.

    I still have my PowerShot G3 for when I need to take "real" photographs so the fact that this one isn't as full-featured doesn't bother me. (Of course, it's no less of a camera than any other in its price/size class. I'm just used to something better. But the thing is, if I suddenly feel like taking a picture, I'll actually have this one on me.) It doesn't have too many controls (it's a point-and-shoot) and it doesn't come with a remote control, for example. Otherwise, there are only two things I don't like about it. First, the flash takes about seven seconds to recharge between shots. That's not great, but I rarely use the flash anyway. Second, depressing the shutter fully (without waiting for autofocus at the first stop point) causes nothing to happen. Other cameras I've owned interpret that to mean "just take a shot as soon as you can" but this one takes it to mean the operator pressed the button by mistake.

    One big advantage of this camera is that it uses AA batteries. That means in a pinch I can find AAs from just about anywhere and keep taking pictures; if my G3 runs out of juice in its proprietary LiIon pack, I'm screwed.

    When I was researching this camera, I rejected the cameras without optical viewfinders. The viewfinder absolutely is not useless. No, it's not going to show you a TTL view, obviously, but after using a camera for a while you get a pretty good sense of how what you see relates to what you shoot. And how else are you going to see what you're shooting when the camera is braced against your face? Without a viewfinder, the only way to see what you're shooting is to hold the camera in front of you, leading to a shaky shot. Well, I suppose you could brace the camera against your nose, or mouth, or forehead, instead..
     
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    i got a sony w1 a few weeks ago and i'm really pleased with it, though i'm still learning how to use it better...! i tend to use both viewfinder and lcd screen, depending on the circumstances, though the 2.5" lcd is very useful!

    http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/W1/W1A.HTM

    even though it's supposed to be AUS$799 i got it off ebay for AUS$550, so i'm very pleased :)
     
  11. brap macrumors 68000

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    Westminster Catherdral RULES.
    Wish I could spend a little more time in London, the classical architecture there is amazing. Didn't have you down as a fan, mr. edesign... I may take a visit to Canterbury Catherdral today.

    ...PS, I still prefer my S400 ;)
     
  12. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    heh, I'm not really, just went up there a couple of weeks back because the houses of parliament were open to the public, a chance to see inside where all the big stuff goes down!
     
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  14. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Take a look at the Pentax Optio S series or the Minolta X series. I have played with the S40 for some time now, and it is a very capable camera. I like the fact that it will take AA batteries. In the finest resolution the S40 can take 99 shots with a 256mb card.
     
  15. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Should have read further :)

    The Optio's are great cameras for portability for sure.
     
  16. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    The Canon A70, 80, 90 series is another one that I really like. AA battery compatibly, can take accessory lenses.

    I also like the S30, 40, 50, 60, and 70 series. Good battery life on the rechargeable battery. About 200 to 300 shots on my S30. A thicker, but still small. And the S60 and 70 have 28m wide-angle zoom lenses. I prefer a wider zoom.
     
  17. Romulan thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks!

    Thanks everyone for the great ideas. I'm going to go to compUSA and some other stores to check out the cameras you all mentioned. Right now I'm leaning towards the SD10. I appreciate all the links and suggestions Wish me luck! :)
     
  18. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Good luck and remember that the SD10 is being replaced by the 5mp SD20.
     
  19. Montserrat macrumors regular

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    Firewire support

    Following this thread with interest - was personally leaning towards an A85/A95. Does anyone know if they have firewire connectivity?
     
  20. Romulan thread starter macrumors member

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    Yikes! :eek: When's that gonna happen? I don't wanna spend close to $400 if it's gonna be replaced soon... :confused:. Better do some more research.
     
  21. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    $400!?!? The SD10 only cost me £160 ($287), and we pay more for everything anyway, how on earth could it set you back $400 :confused:
     
  22. cluthz macrumors 68040

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    I have a Minolta DiMage Xt, which is great.
    It has 3x Optical :D (37-117mm) and its 3.2 Mpix.
    Its light, small and takes great pictures.
    It also has some manual functions and "continous drive mode" (You can take series of pix).
    The blitz isn't the best, but I haven't seen small cameras with a great blitz.

    The camera is ofcourse 100% compatible wih iPhoto, and it also supports USB- masstorage (you can use it as a usb drive on your computer)

    Anyway, take a look at www.steves-digicams.com for reviews of almost every digital camera made..

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    (the dimage xt compared to a cd)
     
  23. Romulan thread starter macrumors member

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    oops...

    LOL, the price I read was from the original release date :p. It's still $310 at Amazon though. But if I hunt around I'm sure I could get it for around $287. I might wait around for the SD20. Thanks edesignuk for all the good info about the SD10 ;). It and all the other suggestions helped alot.
     

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