Recommendations for small camera?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by RT, Jul 9, 2008.

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    RT Guest

    My lady's birthday is coming up and I'm looking for a small camera.

    The primary concerns are:
    Small, portable
    Reliable, Well built
    Pref standard AA battery(s) if possible
    Decent optical zoom range

    Resolution (no of megapixels) is not as important, since most images
    will be reduced anyway.

    I've been using a lot of Canon products but I'm not sure that they are
    still ahead in the market (?)

    Any recommendations are appreciated.
    RT, Jul 9, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    Besides my wife just about all the kids and grand-kids (teens and older)
    each has at least one P&S. And the ladies have the thinnest one so they can
    carry with them in their purses or pockets.

    The AA batter is about 2-3 times thicker than the camera, so unless you
    use as external batteries <bg>. My suggestion is just forget thing we don't
    know, just drag your soul to one of sites like (not 100% sures I get the name right)

    There you should have more information to answer our questions.
    Joel, Jul 9, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    Guest, Jul 9, 2008
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    richg99 Guest

    It is physically larger than some people want, but the Canon S3is 12x zoom;
    6 mgp does the job for me. It's successor...the S5is is better in some
    ways, but not necessarily in picture quality. It has an 8 mgp sensor and
    does add a flash-shoe that the S3is doesn't have.

    You can shoot from 36mm to 432mm simply by zooming the lens out. Both can be
    purchased for about $300.00 or less US $. It is rumored that a S6 is
    imminent, so either camera may be on sale these days. Regards, rich
    richg99, Jul 9, 2008
  5. BINGO!

    No, wait...9 would be in the B range. Something's...uh...fishy here...
    Blinky the Shark, Jul 9, 2008
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    RT Guest

    There ya go! So...what models do they have?
    I thought about that after I posted. I had been thinking about her
    forgetting to charge her cell phone. <g> But yeah, that would make
    the camera bulky. Now that I've looked into some of the models'
    sizes, it appears that I'll have to go with 3x optical zoom too.
    Just got a recommendation for the Canon SD1100 which seems in range if
    I give up on the AA's and zoom to get compact size. It seemed to do OK
    in the dpreview tests.
    RT, Jul 9, 2008
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    RT Guest

    The S5 looks excellent, as does the G9. Now that I've looked closer at
    the sizes of cameras with higher zoom ratios, I think those will be
    for me though. <g> I didn't see the S3 at my normal vendor, but if
    the S5 is similar, I'll take a look.

    Even though the bigger camera will probably not suit her as well, now
    I'm thinking that I need one of those. So thanks for the

    As mentioned in my other reply, I'm back to the ultra-compacts for
    this particular gift. I'll obviously have to trade off zoom range and
    battery size, as the only real compact ones look to be the SD1100,
    SD750 and SD770.
    RT, Jul 9, 2008
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    John S. Guest

    The wife loves the ultracompact Canon SD camera (can't remember the
    exact model). On occasion she will grab the S5 IS... she however
    never ever uses the 40D... LOL! As you can see I've been very
    satisfied with all my Canon products... from the ultracompact to the
    John S., Jul 10, 2008
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    ransley Guest

    Consumer reports has good ratings, small is good a canon power shot
    with IS, or sony, nikon, fuji all make good cameras,
    is a place to start.
    ransley, Jul 10, 2008
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