Suggestions for a light digital camera?

  • MikeW

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    Feb 21, 2014 8:08 PM GMT
    I know most people use there cell phones but I don't cary one (don't have a land line either, mostly due to being hard of hearing). I do have a 4th generation iPod but disconnecting it from my earbuds and taking it out of its case when I want to take a snapshot is a pain in the butt.

    What I'm looking for is a relatively inexpensive but good (doesn't need to be professional) light weight camera I can carry in my pocket for taking snapshots. I have an Olympus DSLR for taking higher quality photos, so what I'm looking for is just something to 'knock around' with.

    Suggestions?
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    Feb 21, 2014 11:26 PM GMT
    How much are you willing to spend? I tend to stick with Canon cameras. So my suggestions..

    Canon Powershot ELPH 440, around $200
    Canon Powershot S120, around $450

    Or if you shop around, you can find the previous year models of the above and save some cash.

    I have an older S100. It's a fantastic camera. Very pocketable and takes excellent low light photos. If you want something even more pocketable, then you might like the ELPH instead. It's about the size of a deck of cards.

  • kew1

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    Feb 22, 2014 8:11 AM GMT
    Sony rx100.
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    Feb 22, 2014 9:45 AM GMT
    Wow I hope if you have an emergency or a fire occurs you have someway to make a call. I highly recommend the Panasonic Lumix. My exs sister stole my battery for my Nikon and I like the Lumix so much more.

    As far as professional cameras Cannon seems to be the best.
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    Feb 22, 2014 9:51 AM GMT
    When I began using YouTube I actually used my camera to film this:



    It's pretty light weight and I love it for portability. It obviously zooms a lot better than an iPhone.
  • MikeW

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    Feb 22, 2014 4:18 PM GMT
    kew1 saidSony rx100.


    Thanks to all who have made suggestions. They've really helped me narrow my search down.

    The rx100 sounds like an excellent pocket camera. I could afford it but I'm having a hard time justifying the extra $$ given my initial reasons for buying a pocket camera (just snapshots, mostly for journaling and reference for painting ideas).

    Looking at the rx100, I saw this Amazon review comparing it to the S100 and LX7:

    Is this worth the extra $200 over a S100 or LX7? That depends. If you print your photos larger than 11x14, the answer is an unqualified yes. Photos show more detail and better sharpness. If you mostly post your photos online, then the advantage lessens, especially if you shoot JPEG. What's the advantage of having 20 MP if your photo is displayed at 2 MP? Yes, the Canon and Panasonic cameras will output RAW files, but in practice, there is little advantage from doing so. You gain little if any dynamic range and all three cameras do a good job with white balance in most cases.

    If you shoot RAW, the RX-100 is the first pocketable camera that gives you a real advantage with RAW. There is a noticeable difference in dynamic range.

    Although I *do* have the capacity to print large format images using the Epson Stylus printers in my office (stunning output), that wasn't what I was thinking of using this purchase for. This camera sounds so good, though, and the price isn't *that* outrageous if the quality is as good as the reviewers say, so now I'm beginning to re-think my objectives. Will I at some point regret not being able to out-put the images at a higher resolution and greater dynamic range? I'm definitely going to have to give this some more thought. icon_confused.gif
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    Feb 22, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    I'm waiting to see how low the price will get on the RX100 II. Big ass sensor on a point-n-shoot camera is pretty awesome.
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    Feb 23, 2014 12:57 AM GMT
    MikeW saidWill I at some point regret not being able to out-put the images at a higher resolution and greater dynamic range? I'm definitely going to have to give this some more thought. icon_confused.gif

    On the other hand you could look at this purchase as a learning experience where you get something reasonable and less expensive and put off buying the really nice camera for later, if you decide that you need it.

    The technology is still changing rapidly enough that getting experience and waiting can be to your advantage.
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    Feb 23, 2014 1:33 AM GMT
    Well, there will always be something better coming in the following year. That's sort of common in consumer electronics. So I say just get whatever suits your needs now, and can last a couple of years.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 23, 2014 2:59 AM GMT
    The Go Pro is suppose to be awesome. I was using a pentax, i've had for years, it's way out of date now, but still take good scenic pics, but I don't really like it for still lifes for close ups. I won't say how much I paid for it when if first came out, because it was way too much compared to what you can get now. I actually found a Nikon CoolPix for 2 bucks as the second had store, that works really nice. The battery door is broke, but I got around this by buying a $1.50 pack of brackets then used the mounting screw to hold it in place over the battery door to keep it closed. For as much as I take pics, it will do for now. But I have seen some really cool videos taken with the Go Pro. Not sure how much they are though
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    Feb 23, 2014 6:09 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidThe battery door is broke, but I got around this by buying a $1.50 pack of brackets then used the mounting screw to hold it in place over the battery door to keep it closed.

    We probably shouldn't ask how many things you have that are held together with duck tape.
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    Feb 23, 2014 6:12 AM GMT
    xrichx saidWell, there will always be something better coming in the following year. That's sort of common in consumer electronics. So I say just get whatever suits your needs now, and can last a couple of years.

    It's slowed down a little but the improvements are still moving along nicely. It reminded me of back in the day when the speed of CPUs was doubling every year or so; at least it's not that crazy.
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    Feb 23, 2014 6:22 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    xrichx saidWell, there will always be something better coming in the following year. That's sort of common in consumer electronics. So I say just get whatever suits your needs now, and can last a couple of years.

    It's slowed down a little but the improvements are still moving along nicely. It reminded me of back in the day when the speed of CPUs was doubling every year or so; at least it's not that crazy.

    True. I guess it depends on your needs. My S100 is 2 years old now. I skipped the S110 because it wasn't much of an upgrade. The S120 adds wifi and a few other things that I like, but not really worth paying full price. I might wait til it goes on clearance when the S130 comes out.

    The Sony RX100 II is a significant upgrade for me and I've thought about it. It has all the features/capabilities that I could possibly need for a few years. So it would be a good purchase in the long term. Still waiting for a price drop though. icon_biggrin.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    Feb 23, 2014 7:25 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    AMoonHawk saidThe battery door is broke, but I got around this by buying a $1.50 pack of brackets then used the mounting screw to hold it in place over the battery door to keep it closed.

    We probably shouldn't ask how many things you have that are held together with duck tape.

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    I'm still try to recover from that damn state of the art 5 megapixel camera I bought 10 years ago ... I won't tell you how much I paid for my lap top when they first came out. But you can thank idiots like me for helping to finance mass production so that prices could come down.
  • 1blind_dog

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    Feb 23, 2014 7:38 AM GMT
    Cannon