iso new compact camera -- and am lost!

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by zimv20, Aug 23, 2009.

  1. zimv20 macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    my current camera is a Canon Powershot S100 Digital Elph. i like it, but it eats batteries like mad -- my most recent replacement battery takes 4 shots before i get the low-battery warning. this happens to my Canon-brand replacement batteries after a month or so.

    i'm considering buying more batteries, and i'm considering a new camera. i'll be heading to Spain soon and will be taking one or the other. if i buy new, i want something more compact than the S100.


    - compact size (smaller than my S100, lighter than 6 oz)
    - good quality photos
    - good optical zoom
    - short time from turning on to taking photo
    - short time between photos
    - built-in flash
    - good battery life (i'm considering buying several batteries and not taking a charger on the trip -- i'm interested in thoughts on this matter)

    would like:

    - optical viewfinder (are these falling out of favor?)
    - intuitive controls, including:
    a. easy to turn flash on/off
    b. easy to switch to/from macro/micro
    - manual control mode

    don't care about:

    - size of LCD screen
    - movie-taking
    - image stabilization

    though this is "just" for holiday snaps, i do care about good quality with a minimum of fuss. i'm decent with composition, but clueless about f-stops and such, so though i'll occasionally play with a manual mode, it's not my main use case.

    i'm partial to Canon, but absolutely willing to consider others.

    budget is $400 USD for the camera, willing to pay extra for additional batteries and storage. if i can get what i want for less $$, all the better.

    i hope my "search parameters" aren't too broad. i hit up but am still overwhelmed. i'm hoping to get a couple appropriate recommendations here so i can focus my research.
  2. Geniusdog254 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2008
    If you have a budget of $400 I would highly recommend the Canon Powershot SX10IS, I used its predecessor and absolutely LOVED it. It had fast autofocus, great shots even at high ISOs, just about everything you could want or need, I would definitely look into it. Either it or the SX20IS is also in your budget, although I don't know much about it. I love the Canon PowerShot line, even though I am currently coveting a Rebel, maybe someday :rolleyes: lol
  3. feuerschlange macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2008
    The Ricoh GX200 might be your camera.
    It has everything, you ask for + the possibility, to use Ricohs excellent external accessory viewfinders.

    On top the built quality and features including the possibly most advanced direct exposure control controls for a PS camera are the among the best, there are.

    I use a GRDII, which is very similar regarding handling, features and built and I am very pleased (might get a GRDIII though for the even faster f1.9 lens and faster RAW shooting + new manual focus modes).

    The top of the line Ricoh cameras (including the GX200) shoot Adobe DNG raw files, which makes them very compatible with all major image processing software. I use Lightroom for my GRDII files.
  4. zimv20 thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 18, 2002
    thanks for the responses.

    i've updated my original post to provide a better idea of what i find "compact." perhaps there's an industry-standard term for what i'm looking for, but i don't know it.

    i want something smaller than my S100 -- i travel very light and being able to keep a camera in my front pocket is what i'm hoping for.

    the S100 is 6.5 oz, 3.4" wide and over 1" deep. i'm looking for smaller/lighter than that.

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