Recommend me a Compact Digital Camera

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  • gareth886 5 Aug 2009 12:41:36 2,841 posts
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    I'm hoping some of the photography buffs here on the EG forums can offer some recommendations on a compact digital camera.

    I'm doing some traveling early next year and need a decent compact camera to take with me. The thing is I have no idea where to start. Budget is around 200 mark. I seen a few recommendations of the Canon IXUS 100 in another thread. I have to say I like the idea of HiDef video that this camera also offers in a nice compact form.

    Can anyone point me in the right direction or offer any other recommendations on a better/comparable digital camera to this around the 200 mark.
  • Menace 5 Aug 2009 12:51:32 5,766 posts
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    I bought that camera after the recommandations - I like it very much! =)

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  • gareth886 5 Aug 2009 13:33:02 2,841 posts
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    Thanks Menace. Can anyone else offer any other suggestions?
  • kalel 5 Aug 2009 13:43:10 87,775 posts
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    Panasonic Lumix do very good compacts.
  • THFourteen 5 Aug 2009 13:50:09 33,487 posts
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    there was another one i looked at the fujifilm something something - exh300 maybe?

    it had some funky new technology where it takes 2 pics, one at a lower megapixel and another at a higher megapixel and then extrapolates the two to reduce noise.

    the only thing that put me off in the end was that it was slightly too big for a trouser pocket without looking as if you're pleased to see everyone.

    but otherwise i'm very happy with my ixus 100 :)
  • gareth886 5 Aug 2009 14:07:00 2,841 posts
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    Cool. Yeah the Ixus 100 trouser friendly, also is very easy on the eye and looks ideal for backpacking.

    I'll look into this fujifilm one and the Panasonic ones Kalel mentioned.
  • sport 5 Aug 2009 14:09:12 12,743 posts
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    gareth886 wrote:
    Cool. Yeah the Ixus 100 trouser friendly, also is very easy on the eye and looks ideal for backpacking.

    I'll look into this fujifilm one and the Panasonic ones Kalel mentioned.

    +1 for the Lumix - Just bought a TZ5 - great compact camera with 720p HD recording. Although I think it's been replaced by the TZ7.
  • gareth886 5 Aug 2009 14:22:23 2,841 posts
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    The TZ5 looks like a good option too, where did you buy it? The 10x optical zoom looks great, is it still quite compact?
  • sport 5 Aug 2009 14:30:00 12,743 posts
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    gareth886 wrote:
    The TZ5 looks like a good option too, where did you buy it? The 10x optical zoom looks great, is it still quite compact?

    It fits in my pocket no problem, but I actually got mine off ebay, used. Can't complain though because it was in immaculate condition and came with an extra battery and SD card.
  • barchetta 5 Aug 2009 19:29:59 1,334 posts
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    I've just dropped for the TZ7 - yes, a little out of the price range but it is very nice indeed though I've yet to play with it in earnest. The HD is a nice option, as is the 16:9 format and the 25-300mm lens is really useful. It replaced our old, and recently 'toddlered', Fuji E550 which was a good camera with more manual settings than the TZ7... It was actually a good bit more expensive than the TZ7 too, back when we got it.

    Not sure how many of the TZ7s 'features' I'm going to use but the image stabilisation is actually a real boon and the facial recognition amused our eldest.
  • gareth886 5 Aug 2009 19:54:11 2,841 posts
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    The TZ7 looks great. The 12x Optical zoom is also a real plus point. Anyone know where I can get the best deals on this camera?
  • THFourteen 5 Aug 2009 20:50:15 33,487 posts
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    trusted reviews seems to think its a big chunky camera?
  • reflux 6 Aug 2009 12:32:07 1,804 posts
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    I LOVE my TZ7, mostly for its film recording, but also the fully automatic mode that works surprisingly well. Bought it mid june and always try to bring it with me. It's not small like the smallest Ixus cameras though, but you can't really expect a camera with 24-300mm range to be ultra compact.

    My vids taken with the TZ7: http://www.youtube.com/framednoise

  • Buztafen 22 Aug 2011 12:41:40 16,240 posts
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    Bump!

    Any recommendation for a compact that's suitable for every day use by a member of the fairer sex. Its a birthday present so anything upto 100 should suffice.

    Seen this Nikon L23 going for just over 50. Dont know if its any good though...
  • Tonka 22 Aug 2011 13:16:23 20,459 posts
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    In othr news. Yesterday my wife said "We need to buy a new camera"



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    If you can read this you really need to fiddle with your forum settings.

  • Densil 22 Aug 2011 13:59:19 324 posts
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    Buztafen wrote:
    Bump!

    Any recommendation for a compact that's suitable for every day use by a member of the fairer sex. Its a birthday present so anything upto 100 should suffice.

    Seen this Nikon L23 going for just over 50. Dont know if its any good though...
    I got a Panasonic FS18 recently and have been pretty chuffed with it so have just ordered one for the missus. Super fast turn on and click if that's important to you. A little over budget though maybe at about 115.
  • SuperCoolEskimo 13 Jul 2012 10:12:10 9,853 posts
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    Help please. I'm looking for a good digital camera around the 100 or less mark and it's quite urgent. Any recommendations? Which makes are the best nowadays?
  • Lukus 13 Jul 2012 10:41:19 19,121 posts
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    Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony.

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  • Zomoniac 13 Jul 2012 11:09:16 7,831 posts
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    Got a TZ-10 for sale, can do 100 delivered with a nice leather case if that's of any interest?
  • Trafford 13 Mar 2014 07:27:13 5,792 posts
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    Looking for a pointer to a decent cheap camera please chaps.
    I'm away on holiday next week and don't think my smartphone is up to the job.
    I don't really want to spend more the 100, including a sd card and case.

    The main feature I'm after is the ability to email pictures from the camera. I see Amazon stock a wide and discounted range of smart cameras. What I don't want is some basic Facebook picture upload facility.

    Cheers!
  • drip 14 Mar 2014 17:27:47 4,033 posts
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    Looking for a compact digicam too now. Preferably below 200 quid, and necessarily below 300.

    I'd quite like some wide-angle lens stuff. Is wide angle accessible to a budget or is it professional photography only?

    Aside from that, I need:

    - good image quality without flash, in low-light conditions
    - good close-up performance
    - manual focus control
    - camera stand option or at least very good "waggling correction" (no idea what the English term is)
    - good performance for B&W images, if that is significant for the choice

    note: when I say "good image quality", I don't mean photography enthusiast image quality. Just "advanced" image quality that's well beyond smartphone cams.


    I don't need:

    - zoom
    - flash
    - a billion megapixels (digital images only, no prints--5MP is well enough)


    Thanks in advance for suggestions.

    Edited by DrStrangelove at 17:42:38 14-03-2014
  • EMarkM 14 Mar 2014 17:29:53 3,174 posts
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    @DrStrangelove :D

    "waggling correction" = Image Stabilisation.
  • drip 14 Mar 2014 17:43:12 4,033 posts
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    @EMarkM

    lol ok, that sounds more like it. That then.
  • mal 14 Mar 2014 18:00:03 22,583 posts
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    I'd forget about manual focus. Even many DSLRs sold today with physically linked focussing dials are shit at MF due to shitty viewfinders. What's wrong with AF? It really works pretty well these days.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • drip 14 Mar 2014 18:04:10 4,033 posts
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    Don't know. Of course, I'm only used to cheapo camera/smartphone. But I'd like to control which part of the image I want to have the focus on even if it's not in the centre. And I don't want to tap on the screen, I simply want to turn the thing to manually control what distance the focus is on, even if there's nothing at that actual distance.

    Is that really a problem these days?
  • EMarkM 14 Mar 2014 18:07:39 3,174 posts
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    @DrStrangelove Usual method these days is to use Focus Lock.

    Press the shutter down halfway while focussing on the item you wish to be in focus, or one at the equivalent distance, then, with the shutter still held halfway down, recompose your shot and push the shutter all the way through to take your picture.

    Manual focus is most useful for getting "through" items like cages at the zoo, but the above method, when used with care, works just as well.
  • drip 14 Mar 2014 18:11:50 4,033 posts
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    I understand that, but I'm not trying to focus on a certain item, I want to play around with the focus itself. Focus on something that's not actually in view, if necessary. Hope that doesn't sound too stupid.

    What I'd like is turning something to simply manually focus on whatever distance I want, not on an object.
  • EMarkM 14 Mar 2014 18:14:08 3,174 posts
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    @DrStrangelove I'm sure a few compacts still have MF, but with that level of creativity it sounds like you're looking for an SLR.

    I have the Canon 5D mkii and the 400D. Both excellent.
  • kalel 14 Mar 2014 18:15:14 87,775 posts
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    Buy old manual lenses. Or buy things like Zeis lenses. They only cost a billion pounds.
  • alexm 14 Mar 2014 18:17:39 276 posts
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    Little off-topic but after getting frustrated with and selling a large Nikon, I've been eying one of these for some time. Anyone own one?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-OM-D-Thirds-Interchangeable-Camera/dp/B0073A1E3M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1394820682&sr=8-1&keywords=olympus+omd

    Any other good recommendations for a digital or 4/3s camera (budget 400-700) which will comfortably outperform smartphones for at least the next 5 years?
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