draigonair
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Pocked Camera

Sun Jun 04, 2006 11:18 pm

Hey guys,

Im looking to buy a pocket camera but im not sure which one. I will mainly use it for ramp shots cockpit shtos and cabin shots (as its easy to cary around).

Now i have no idea which to buy. If money is not an issue can anyone suggest a good pocket camera which will give good results? Indoor and outdoor?

Let me know!

Cheers
Nick
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photopilot
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RE: Pocked Camera

Sun Jun 04, 2006 11:54 pm

As my daily carry around camera, I use the Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH and am very pleased with it. It's a 7 MP camera so there's lots of resolution and the very small size means it's no bother to have on my belt at all times. I just found a cellphone case that fits it perfectly. It's also a strong metal case and very solid in build.



The only problem with all small PS cameras is that they don't have a real wide lens and as such interior shots can be a problem and cockpit shots also suffer without a good wide lens.

But for a general carry about camera, I can recommend the SD550.
 
aero145
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RE: Pocked Camera

Mon Jun 05, 2006 12:31 am

I'd go for the fixed-lens Canon DIGITAL IXUS i5. It's very small, though fixed @39mm, but I've got many, many shots accepted into this database with the older version of the Camera, Canon DIGITAL IXUS i, which has a >3.9 million pixel sensor, instead of i5's 5 million.

Here are shots taken with my camera. It's IMO the ideal size of not-showing camera... Silly I mean, it is so small, that you can put it in a small pocket, almost without seeing the lines of the camera it outside the pocket.  Wink

Here is info about the i5 @ DPReview:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0409/04092103canon_sd20.asp

And here's my own IXUS i:

Big version: Width: 750 Height: 629 File size: 289kb


Regards,
David
 
chrispatton
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RE: Pocked Camera

Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:51 am

Also looking for something similar, for sneaky shots on the ramp etc but also that I can use with friends at parties etc. Only party I'd take a dSLR to is a photographer's birthday party Big grin

I owned an IXUS400 and was quite pleased with it, so was going to stick with Canon as I also have a 300D. I was looking for something like an IXUS with raw format but didn't come across any.
 
AC773
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RE: Pocked Camera

Mon Jun 05, 2006 2:25 am

If anyone on this thread is interested, I'm selling a Canon PowerShot A620 that is in absolutely mint condition. I know everyone says that, but this really is. Bought it new last month, and I've only used it a couple of hours. Selling for $260 with a 256 MB SD card, shipping extra. Contact me for pictures of the actual camera, but keep in mind that there's not a mark on it and everything is working perfectly. Thanks!

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Kukkudrill
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RE: Pocked Camera

Mon Jun 05, 2006 6:51 am

You can't go wrong with any of the current Canon Powershot Axx range I think -- just pick the specs that suit you.
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aero145
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RE: Pocked Camera

Mon Jun 05, 2006 9:52 am

I think you can go wrong with the current Canon PowerShot Axxx range because of the plastic body. I do not have the 350D or an A-series digital camera because of the plastic body. I'd go for a sturdy aluminum camera, from the Ixus range.  Smile

I'm sorry if you Charles P. like the Axxx range, I haven't ment to let you down. MO is only for aluminium cameras, that's just me...  Smile

Regards,
David
 
Kukkudrill
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RE: Pocked Camera

Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:10 pm

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 6):
I'm sorry if you Charles P. like the Axxx range, I haven't ment to let you down.

Hey no problem -- everyone's entitled to their opinion! I was referring to image quality (compared to other point-and-shoots) rather than sturdiness, but having said that my old plastic-bodied A85 has taken a couple of frightfully hard knocks yet it still functions. Not that I'd recommend an A85 -- the current A-range does a much better job of controlling noise.
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aero145
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RE: Pocked Camera

Mon Jun 05, 2006 8:30 pm

Hello Charles.

I didn't know the plastic A-series line was so strong, IMO it's just so weak when I try it, but I agree with controls, it has Av, Tv and M modes, so it's kind of compact camera with SLR modes.  Smile The quality can be, yes, good, but if the owner is only for "hard" aluminium cameras, like me, he shouldn't buy the A-series line, he should go for the S-series (S30, S40, S45, S50, S60, S70, S80) line.

Regards,
David
 
draigonair
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RE: Pocked Camera

Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:31 pm

Do any of these small cameras have a zoom between 15-20mm lens?

so many suggestions here i still have no idea which one to go with!

cheers
Nick
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aero145
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RE: Pocked Camera

Mon Jun 05, 2006 11:43 pm

Hello Nick,

The Ixus i and i5 do not have 15-20mm lens, they have 39mm fixed.

The A-series which AC773 is selling has a 35mm-140mm zoom.

SD550 has a 37-111mm zoom.

Canon PowerShot S80 has a 28-100mm zoom, you don't usually go so wide as this on a compact camera.

S80 should be ideal for you. Here's a review:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canons80/

Regards,
David
 
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RE: Pocked Camera

Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:47 am

Quoting Draigonair (Reply 9):
so many suggestions here i still have no idea which one to go with!

If you want a compact but with a decent zoom go for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ1. It's the world's smallest camera with a 10x optical zoom.  Smile
 
Kukkudrill
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RE: Pocked Camera

Tue Jun 06, 2006 6:06 am

I'm impressed with dpreview's assessment of the Canon S80. There's an interesting comparison with the Panasonic DMC-LX1 - not the same model as the TZ1, admittedly, but the review says that "the Panasonic sensor is so noisy it would wake up the neighbours." Big grin
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jetmatt777
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RE: Pocked Camera

Tue Jun 06, 2006 1:04 pm

Quoting Draigonair (Reply 9):

The Canon A520 Powershot has I think 13-23mm f/3.5-5.6 lens in it. It's 4.0 MP so quality isn't the best but it's not the worst. max Image size is 2272 x 1704 (4:3 ratio). It has P,TV,AV,M Modes so it is pretty good. It is pretty good priced also. 250-350$$...

-Matt  Smile
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aero145
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RE: Pocked Camera

Tue Jun 06, 2006 4:31 pm

Matt, 35mm equivalent says 35-140mm.

I'm saying that this is like the crop factor in D-SLR cameras, but I'm NOT saying that I know exactly how the crop factor works.

My Canon DIGITAL IXUS i has a 39mm lens in 35mm equivalent, but I think 6.4mm without this equvalent.

Regards,
David

PS: JeffM, if I'm mistaken, please send me an IM instead of being angry at this thread.
 
Kukkudrill
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RE: Pocked Camera

Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:58 am

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 14):
I'm saying that this is like the crop factor in D-SLR cameras

You're correct. The crop factor takes account of the sensor size. The sensor size does not affect the focal length, which is a property of the lens alone, but the perspective we associate with a given focal length (wide-angle, normal, telephoto). The crop factor is basically a means to tell you, in 35mm full-frame equivalent terms, what sort of perspective a given lens/sensor combination will give you. Hope this makes things clearer.
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TZ
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RE: Pocked Camera

Thu Jun 08, 2006 1:04 am

Quoting Aero145 (Reply 10):
S80 should be ideal for you. Here's a review:

The S80 does not have the RAW mode that the S70 (and its predeccessors) have. I would go for an end-of-range S70.

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aero145
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RE: Pocked Camera

Thu Jun 08, 2006 12:31 pm

That's right Tamsin, but I don't think it matters for everybody. However, I've tried the S70, and it's very fine, also very similar to an dSLR but you've got to learn the shortcuts, they're pretty difficult.  Silly

I think the only drawback from the S80 is no RAW mode. If it doesn't matter for you Nick, I'd go for the S80, if it matters, go for

Quoting TZ (Reply 16):
an end-of-range S70.

Regards,
David
 
lewis
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RE: Pocked Camera

Sat Jun 10, 2006 7:44 am

I have played a bit with an IXUS 800IS, it came out recently. It has an image stabilizer and good zoom range. It was fun to use and gave out some great photos.

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