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Offline alane

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Compact cameras
« on: October 07, 2007, 10:16:13 PM »

I have a couple of scenarios and wondered if any one had any views.

1. I relative has asked me for some advise, she has a daughter (13yrs) who wants a camera for Christmas I've seen some of her picks and she certainly has an eye for composition. She has a budget of £130 I have found a couple of options based on magazine reviews:
a) Nikon L12
b)Fujifilm F31fd
c) Pentax M30

Any views on these other suggestions would be appreciated.

2. I sometimes find not wanting to take my A100 with me (on holidays etc) then end up regretting it. With a young family days out and holidays are usually kid orientated (beach etc,..) so I am considering a decent advanced compact to complement the A100. Does anyone have any experience of this sort of camera and have any suggestions of which model to consider (budget around £200-300)
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Re: Compact cameras
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2007, 02:30:25 AM »
I would've thought that a 13yo would be wanting, or soon wanting a mobile with camera, music player, e-mail, net surfing plan and so on. Otherwise, a camera that has a good number of scene selections (portrait, landscape, macro, night, sunset etc...)
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Re: Compact cameras
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2007, 09:06:49 AM »
My better half just ordered an olympus f 280 compact. Liked the colour.Had a look at spec and sounds good. Let you know how it is when it arrives.


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Re: Compact cameras
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2007, 09:43:08 AM »


I'd say it depends on what she wants to do with the camera.

Most of the compacts are usually sold with "how big is your zoom!", which is useless if you want to try and take landscapes, where you are mostly lookiing for a wide angle lens.

For £130 (or a little more), you might find an older prosumer camera on Ebay, like the KM A1 or A2 etc (which are great cameras btw), but if she's after a compact she'll hate it.

I have a Fuji F610 which has their SR 6mp/12mp high dynamic range sensor thingy, and I must admit it takes great shots in the worst conditions, without any post processing (if a little over sharpened).

I do like the Fuji cameras, and have thought for a while to jump ship and get their DSLR S5.  The only thing I dislike about the Fuji is that they take "xD-Picture Card", which is the least popular of all the card formats.

As for other options, I think Olympus do one of those rugged, water proof or splash proof/dust proof compacts, but can't remember the price.

IMO, you need to decide on what lens you want, and more importantly what phyisical size (and maybe if you require more manual type settings).  Once you have these, it's just a case of picking one that is the nicest colour!


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Re: Compact cameras
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2007, 12:14:47 PM »
I'm considering a new compact camera (new baby on the way, won't be able to carry the 5D everywhere) and I'm considering a Fuji too.  Possibly one of the new Z-series models which take both xD and SD cards.  I've long stayed away from Fuji because of xD but my brother recently re-educated me on this matter.  No idea about picture quality though and I'll probably be waiting for the post-Christmas sales.

Unfortunately, the A700 just doesn't qualify under my wife's definition of a compact pocketable camera ;-) (gallery)
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Re: Compact cameras
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2007, 01:43:55 PM »
I have a Canon powershot A470,
picked it up for £79 from argos

Discontinued model, hence why its so cheap, but a very good camera.

Had a 15"x10" print from it, the quality was very good


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Re: Compact cameras
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2007, 02:11:07 PM »
For what it's worth- I have a Canon Ixus 700 and absolutely love it. Should not admit it- but wnet to Cuba last year to shot some pictures for my next exhibition and I had on me: 7D/ Minolta 9D (film for shooting in black and white) and my little Canon. I ended up using the images from the Canon for my exhibition...fortunately nobody spotted the difference between a "real" camera and my little compact. I just love it and he problem is quite often that I don't want to lurk my bigger SLRs around and end up with  my Canon...

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