Please comments on selected ultra compact digital cameras

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by aniramca, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. aniramca

    aniramca Guest

    After almost 2 years of dedicated service, my Samsung Digimax i5
    camera finally decided to quit. It is still working, but now all
    images appears to be over exposed.
    So, I am now looking for another camera soon. The following camera is
    the one that I have in mind, my preference from top to bottom and my
    reason of choice (in bracket):
    1. Nikon Coolpix S210 (did not own a digital Nikon yet)
    2. Fujifilm Finepix J10 (cheapest of the bunch by almost 40%)
    3. Panasonic Lumix FS3 (my Lumix DMC LC-50 is almost 5 years old, over
    5,000 shots and still going strong).
    4. Canon SD1000 (built like a tank)

    The above ultra digital can be put in my pocket, thin and small, about
    150g. They are around 7 to 8 MP cameras, and can use SD cards. I know
    of Canon SD1100 and they are 30-40% more expensive. Nikon is from
    Indonesia, Fuji and Lumix are from China. I think the SD1000 is made
    in Japan.

    I realize that there are newer ultra digital in the market, but I have
    decided to consider the above , and may slightly in older, less MP
    models. This may also explain that they are relatively cheaper than
    the newer and 10MP models.

    Anyone using any of the above cameras, and would like to share with me
    of your experiences? I compare the above 4 cameras side-by-side in
    DPReview and others. Basically, they have similar features, and I
    could not see anything that stick out than the others. Fuji J10, being
    the cheapest is interesting, as it appears to have a good camera.
    Lumix FS3 looks solid and great. I heard someone indicated that for
    ultra camera, I should stick to the Digital ELPH (i.e SD1000). I
    already have a G7 and would like to have a Nikon. But someone said
    that a Nikon ultra is not as good as Canon's ELPH. Any comments are
    appreciated. Thanks for info and discussion.
    aniramca, Jul 30, 2008
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  2. aniramca

    Woody Guest

    From the model numbers I would guess you are not in the UK - US perhaps?
    Also what is an 'ultra digital?'

    From a quick check the Canon SD1000 is known here as the Ixus70 - the
    model I would recommend as the one to buy
    Woody, Jul 30, 2008
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  3. aniramca

    ransley Guest

    For my personal taste photos are usualy over exposed at auto settings,
    set EV or exposure compensation down.
    ransley, Jul 30, 2008
  4. aniramca

    SneakyP Guest

    wrote in
    SD1000 owner here...

    The point and shoot is a bit faster than the other Cannon I had
    experience with. Though if you're going to settle for just the JPEG
    pictures, this one seems to have more jpg artifacts show up in the
    pictures. Try one at a store (with your own SD card), shooting a micro,
    with lots of out-of-focus background Take your SD card and use your
    computer to see the picture. Zoom in on the hazy background in that
    picture to see the artifacts.
    The LCD was a big upgrade for me - vs. Powershot A540 - more control,
    lousy LCD viewer.

    The SD1000 also less controllable, you have no manual control on what to
    focus on but the latent time between flash pictures seems to be quicker.
    The battery is proprietary - bummer. I checked and found a new batt is
    still as expensive as ever ~$65. It fits perfectly in size to a credit
    card and is about 1.8cm thick. Sleek.

    As it is also not a new camera design, the price may be substantially
    lower than it was when first introduced. eBay has usually given me an
    idea on what those things usually go for.

    All in tradeoffs, I suppose. Pick your most desirable traits needed in a
    camera and start comparing.

    To reply: newsgroup only, what's posted in ng stays in ng.

    Some choose to swim in the potty bowl of nan-ae rather than flush it
    down :0)
    SneakyP, Jul 31, 2008
  5. aniramca

    SMS Guest

    S210 is unacceptable. No viewfinder.

    J10 is unacceptable. No viewfinder, no AF assist.

    FS3 is unacceptable. No viewfinder.

    SD1000 is the best of those four. At least it has both a viewfinder and
    AF Assist.

    None of those have OIS. If you're buying a camera without OIS, a
    viewfinder is absolutely necessary (and some would argue that it's
    necessary anyway).

    If it was me, I'd rush out and get one of the few remaining SD800 IS
    from Canon. It's the only model with four key features:

    1. Optical Viewfinder
    2. AF Assist
    3. 28mm (at the wide end) lend
    4. OIS

    Failing that, splurge for the SD1100 IS. Under $200 on Amazon, with free
    shipping. No 28mm, but it has everything else.
    SMS, Aug 11, 2008
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