help me to chose an ultracompact digital camera

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by gothamm, Dec 15, 2007.

  1. gothamm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2007
    I go to a lot of events and need a camera which i can slip in my pocket. i don't care about picture quality TOO long as the camera is over 5 mp.

    any recommendations for credit card sized cameras? the slimmer the better!
  2. drrich2 macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2005
    After moderate online research, I chose the Canon SD1000.

    No image stabilization, true. But we're not talking a telephoto camera.

    Not as much wide-angle as the Canon 870 IS.

    But tiny. Good solid brand name. Good reviews at & elsewhere, if memory serves.

    Good photography sites to research including,, & There's also a place called Image Resource, but I don't recall their web page off-hand. Amazon & Cnet have user reviews that get interesting.

  3. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    There's a Panasonic Lumix (forget which model) compact that gets 10x optical w/a 7 or 8 mp sensor. It's about $250 @ Newegg. Main downside's the lack of a viewfinder (got to use the LCD screen instead). If you're looking for zoom in a compact package though, that's the best you'll find.
  4. gothamm thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 18, 2007
    thanks m8. can you explain image stabilization in le mans terms?
  5. fiver macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2006
    I have to agree with the recommendation for a Canon Powershot. I have had one for a few years now and love it and have bought a couple as gifts. Small, compact and durable. I'm sure the sd 1000 is great, but I would take a look at the Canon SD850 IS because it has image stabilization, which according to David Pogue from the nytimes means "reduces blur in low light." Take a look at his article he wrote on Dec. 6th, it's very informative, complete with a slide show comparing the various cameras and their picture quality.

    Hope this helps.
    Here's the link:

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