Small Digital Camera

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by airkarol, Nov 13, 2005.

  1. airkarol macrumors 6502

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    I was looking into buying a small digital camera, I have a Canon SLR camera, but would like to have a small one that can fit into my pocket.

    I was looking at the:
    Sony DSC-N1
    Sony DSC-T7

    Does anyone have any advice?
     
  2. johnbro23 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm getting a Canon SD400, I just ordered it today. I've read very positive reviews of it both on MacRumors threads and amazon.
     
  3. airkarol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    the t7 is smaller than that, and the n1 is the same size, the n1 is 8.1 MP the t7 is 5.0 MP...

    I was hoping for a camera that would work on memory stick media, because I have a few gigs of that
     
  4. shadowmoses macrumors 68000

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    I'd go for a T7, sony make some awesome digital cameras and seeing that you have memory stick's kicking about i wouldnt go for anything but a sony,

    Shadow
     
  5. yippy macrumors 68020

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    I just got the Canon SD400 today. Sweet little camera, about the size of my cell phone and is very fast and takes good pictures. Has a lot of extra's like pic bridge and photo stitching to, not that I would ever use them but kinda cool to say you can. I would highly recommend it.
     
  6. Angelus macrumors 6502

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    Hey i've had a canon ixus 50( think the usa name is sd400) for the last few months. It's a great camera, very small and well built.
     
  7. mojohanna macrumors 6502a

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    Biggest drawback to the sony is that there is no view finder. That means in bright sunlight or low battery situations, you are out of luck. I just got the SD400 Friday. Great little camera. It may be a little thicker than the sony, but it is not as tall and will fit into a coat or shirt pocket much better. In fact I carried mine last night to dinner in a sport coat pocket and forgot it was there.

    I'd go canon. They make good lenses (as I would suspect you already know since you have one of their SLR's).
     
  8. Laser47 macrumors 6502a

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    I have the canon sd400, its awesome. Picures are very good, and video quality is great aswell.
    Pros:
    -Small
    -Attractive
    -Rechargeable Battery
    -Nice Optics
    -SD (Best Camera Storage Medium IMHO)
    -60fps video with sound
    Cons:
    -As with most digital cameras CRAPPY Performance in when shooting in the dark (ie: landscapes)
    -Doesn't Shoot RAW (Might Matter to some people more than others)
    -Dont Know of anything else

    Also make sure you pick up a 1 or 2 gb SD card when you get this camera, the included 16mb card is way too small
     
  9. jer446 macrumors 6502a

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    i have the canon sd500 7.1 mp camera, it takes really good pictures, and pretty small too.. im actually selling it because i want an slr lol.. but i love the camera and it is veryyy fast..
     
  10. tekmoe macrumors 68000

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    i'd advise opting for the canon sd450. it has a bigger lcd on the back and looks amazing.

    i currently own a sd200 but would like to upgrade here in the near future... :cool:
     
  11. airkarol thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The thing about the sony cameras,

    I have 3 GB Total in memory stick duo's... both of the cameras i mentioned above use that media, and i'm currently not using them for anything.
     
  12. tekmoe macrumors 68000

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    i don't really care for sony cameras. they are good and all but i think canon whoops them hands down. canon is a camera manufacturer. sony is an everything manufacturer.
     
  13. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    I do not like the Sony cameras, only becuase of higher memory costs for the Sony MemoryStick.:mad:

    That being said, I like (in no particular order) the Canon SD200/300/400 series, the Casio S500/S600 series, and the Pentax Optio WPi (a great camera that can do underwater shots at 5ft for up to 30 minutes!).

    The question is, what is the largest size print do you want to print. For most users 5mp's is more than enough.

    If you have enough MemoryStick memory, then the Sony's are your only real option.
     
  14. Peter Griffin macrumors regular

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    ditto
     
  15. Sic macrumors 6502

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    im just about to order that D7...never been a fan of canon cameras...especially their lower priced DSLRs.

    having said that, anyone with a spare 1DsMkII that's just taking up space be sure to drop me a PM :D
     
  16. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    You realize that all of these thin consumer cameras essentially provide the same photo quality, don't you? Hell, they all get many of their CCDs from Sony, which is also not a camera manufacturer at heart.

    It doesn't matter which of the thin "point-and-shoot" camera you get when you're talking about the photo quality. I happen to buy Canon because I'm used to their menu system on the consumer "point-and-shoot" cameras. Things that might matter is whether the camera has an optical viewfinder (ie: that little glass opening that you can look through so you don't have to use the LCD), the ease of use of the controls, the manual features that they allow, and the quality of the LCD.

    Anyway, get a Sony if you have memory sticks handy. Sony makes quite good cameras at this level, along with everyone else nowadays.
     
  17. revisionA macrumors 6502

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    Think Different...

    I love my Fuji F-10, it handles low light like a champ and has antijitter stabilization. For 350, these days you get a lot. There is an F-11 out now, that might even be better.

    I had a T-1, but a lot of my club photos were blurry or too dark. Now, I dont have that problem too often. With any digicam, you can see the autofocus light... just respect that and point and shoot is possible... dont move when its trying to get your picture right.

    F-10 does iso 1600 btw.

    $
     
  18. SAdProZ macrumors 6502

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    yeah ive been waiting months for the F11. I know its out in the UK but do you know if its out in the US yet?
     
  19. Applespider macrumors G4

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    F11 is apparently not being released in the US - at least before Christmas. The dpreview forums suggest a few European/Japanese retailers who will ship to the US at a reasonable price.

    I have an F10 too and would recommend it although it's slightly larger than some of the others being discussed. Still small enough to slip in a pocket though - mine slides into the pocket on my handbag that's designed for a purse/wallet. The only reservation I have about it is that you do need to do a little post-production on the images to get the best results; I find them a little soft occasionally straight out of the camera but I prefer that to the aggressive sharpening that some other cameras do.

    It doesn't have optical stabilisation though - just the high ISO options to allow shorter shutter times.
     
  20. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    i have the sony dsc-p150 and my brother the t5 (not sure about the number but 5 MP, no view finder, 2 inch screen). both cameras are great.

    i really like the optics and image quality on the dsc p-150.

    major drawbacks on the sony's:

    the power supply plug is proprietary. so if you travel a lot and you loose the power supply there is no chance to charge the battery. that's stupid.

    the camera battery is proprietary format. if you travel a lot and the battery dies/gets lost you are SOL.

    the transfer cable to the computer is a proprietory format. so if you travel a lot and you lose/forget the cable you are lost.

    the memory sticks are proprietory. so if you travel.... you get the idea.

    And the rootkit desaster of Sony BMG makes me not want any Sony product for some while.;)
     
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  22. yippy macrumors 68020

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    The memory sticks may be proprietary they are readily available anywhere you can buy a digital camera. Also the Canons, at leas the Digital Elph series, also use proprietary batteries. Last thing, I have a Sony digital camera as well and it uses the same USB cable as ALL digital cameras that I have seen. I doubt that they have changed that.

    Sorry don't mean to be picky, just don't want to scare someone away if they don't need to be. That said, some good points otherwise.
     

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