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Compact Digital Camera?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:36 pm
by CCA
Hi All,

I'm no photographer but would like to know what your thoughts are on the Fujifilm FinePix F300EX, I just want it for work to carry in my flight bag and try to get some good cockpit shots and other interesting things that I happen to come by. I've always found shots difficult with the varying light from the cockpit windows but don't want to carry a big SLR around. I was hoping the 15X optical zoom might allow for more options.

Any recommendations greatly appreciated.

Cheers CCA

RE: Compact Digital Camera?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:39 pm
by viv
If you use the manual settings and avoid using digital zoom the results should be acceptable.

RE: Compact Digital Camera?

Posted: Mon Jul 11, 2011 7:41 pm
by zbot69
Most digital cameras, even the consumer compacts, produce very good images these days. Assuming you're going this route also because of the flexibility offered by the zoom? The only suggestion I would add is taking a look at some Micro Four Thirds and maybe consider whether they might be able to be an adequate compromise as a substitute for a DSLR system. A bit bulkier than the consumer compacts, not quite as large as DSLRs and offer very high image quality. I'd say venture down to Wingshing's in Mongkok and do some comparison shopping, take some sample shots with the store cameras and do a bit more research. In the end it all depends on what your priorities are. If you end up going with a Lumix but stop carrying it because it turns out to be a bit too bulky for convenient carry, you may have been better off with the Fujipix after all.

Best of luck!

RE: Compact Digital Camera?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:18 am
by RonS
My Canon G12...er well my fiance's G12 amazes me at the quality of shots.

RE: Compact Digital Camera?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:36 am
by CCA
Thanks for the replies, I had a G11 but the missus lost it, thought it was good but a tad bulky, so that's why I thought I'd go a little smaller and leave it in my flight bag, at least it won't get lost. I'll keep looking.

RE: Compact Digital Camera?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:04 am
by Dehowie
A Leica M8 or the full frame M9 are fantastic...in fact the M9 is about as good a camera as you can buy..any type of camera.

RE: Compact Digital Camera?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 2:22 am
by dumbell2424
Quoting RonS (Reply 3):
My Canon G12...er well my fiance's G12 amazes me at the quality of shots.

I believe Royal (clickhappy) has used a G12 for some of his shots on here.

RE: Compact Digital Camera?

Posted: Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:36 am
by viv
Quoting Dehowie (Reply 5):
A Leica M8 or the full frame M9 are fantastic...in fact the M9 is about as good a camera as you can buy..any type of camera.

I agree - I have the M9 and love it. However, it is manual focus only and not everyone can live with that.