Compact digital camera for DSLR user

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by MAL, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. MAL

    MAL Guest

    Hello!
    I know this group is for DSLR users, and so I am. Im am very happy with my
    Nikon D70s and in near future I will buy the Nikon D200. But sometimes it
    would be nice to have a very small compact digital camera in the pocket for
    snapshots. Perhaps some of you feel the same way? For me it is important
    that such a camera is very small but still takes some fairly good pictures.
    I have been looking at these models:

    Nikon Coolpix S6
    Canon IXUS 55
    Canon IXUS 65
    Kodak Easyshare V570
    Kodak Easyshare V610

    I would be glad to get some recommandations for these or other compact
    cameras from you!

    Mikael (Denmark)
     
    MAL, Jun 3, 2006
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    Pete D Guest

    Personally I would not go for the Kodaks, any IXUS will be good, I use a
    Sony V1 for when I want light, it has a number of amazing features that very
    few cameras have.

    Cheers.

    Pete D
     
    Pete D, Jun 3, 2006
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    bmoag Guest

    There are so many P&S digicams with many form factors you might
    investigate. My personal experience would lead me to strongly not recommend
    Kodak digicams. Sad to say that while they are technically capable they tend
    to be more failure prone and Kodak support is stuck at the Instamatic stage.
     
    bmoag, Jun 3, 2006
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    Qbert Guest

    In my opinion Canon is really good choice, for the whole quality (color and
    sharpness).

    Anyway Kodak spend a lot of money for innovation and R&D.

    Kodak Easyshare V610 could be great camera. I'm looking forward to read some
    reviews. 10x with two different lens and IS: NOT BAD!!!!

    :)
     
    Qbert, Jun 3, 2006
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    AndreLTR Guest

    Hello,
    My opinion: if you are already accostumed with Nikon optics which are
    the best in my humble opinion go for the Nikon product. Second choice
    should be Canon then later Kodak mainly for its optics.

    Sincerely,

    André Luiz
     
    AndreLTR, Jun 3, 2006
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    Tom Guest

    Figure out what feature you can't live with out. P&Ss are all about
    trade-offs.
    For example, just a few have quick turn on times and low shutter lag.

    For me, missing a shot while waiting for my "always-handy/never ready"
    P&S to turn on and actually take the picture would be the worst thing.
     
    Tom, Jun 3, 2006
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  7. I bought the Kodak V570, I love it, small, chic and capable of producing
    very good results considering it is only 5MP. Pretty low noisee too. (I was
    surprised.)
    One grouse though the V570 will only store in JPEG format, I wish there was
    a TIF or raw option.

    The ultra wide angle and panorama facilities on the V570 really comes in
    handy with landscape and holiday type shots. It also has a good quality
    video facility in which you can zoom during videoing, some other compacts
    cannot do that.

    If you can live with a 5:1 optical zoom in a tiny little body the V570 is
    hard to beat, unless of course you look at the V610, that gives you 10X
    optical zoom, but you do lose out at the wide angle end, compared to the
    V570.
     
    Nigel Cummings, Jun 3, 2006
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  8. I would stay with Nikon if I were you. Nikon makes an excellent line of
    compact and ultracompact cameras.

    I have a D70s also, and I have other digital cameras from Nikon, Minolta,
    Canon, Olympus, Pentax and Panasonic. They are all good, and some have
    certain advantages over some others, but the Nikon Coolpix compacts have one
    exclusive feature that I like very much: Best Shot Selector. If you have
    occasion to shoot in relatively poor light and can't (or don't want to) use
    flash, BSS allows you to hold down the shutter release, take a series of up
    to 10 shots and then the camera saves only the sharpest one. This works
    surprisingly well, because shots taken at slow shutter speeds vary a good
    deal in how much they're affected by camera shake. BSS is sort of like a
    "poor man's image stabilization." But apart from that, I just prefer Nikon's
    general design philosophy to the others.

    I'm not personally familiar with the Coolpix S6, but it certainly looks nice
    and pocketable.
     
    John Falstaff, Jun 4, 2006
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  9. So you have at least seven digital cameras. May I ask why?
     
    John McWilliams, Jun 5, 2006
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  10. Actually I have more than seven just counting Nikons. Apart from the D70s, I
    have the Coolpix 4600, 5200, 5900, 7900, 5400, 8400, 8700 and 8800.

    I have more than seven Minoltas too. Fewer examples of the other brands.

    I like 'em. I really like 'em.
     
    John Falstaff, Jun 5, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    I personally am happy with the Coolpix 7900, although the chrome is
    flaking off the lens. But there are pocket cameras that give you more
    manual control than the 7900.
     
    cjcampbell, Jun 5, 2006
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