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Small and very compact camera - Help


B_Real 9 126 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 2:49PM
+1 for the Canon S series. Wonderful instruments. Just to make you um and ahh for a bit longer, check out the Sony RX100, but you might have to sell a small toe to research first.

Edit: the RX100 may not be as compact as you would like (its a little larger than the S100)

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montechoro 12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 5:17PM
Amazon have the S95 for 200 delivered - bargain and 100 cheaper than the S100.

My S95 is a superb performer and truly pocketable.
Glostopcat e2
8 246 2 England
4 Sep 2012 6:14PM
I'd highly recommend the Canon Ixus 107, it is very light and compact and is very good for taking landscapes, portraits and macros. It fits into a pocket very easily and takes very good quality pictures. The only downside is that it does not have a wrist strap which is very useful if you are taking photographs near water!
exposure e2
10 1.8k England
4 Sep 2012 6:39PM
I love my Canon S95.
last ten 10 416 Isle of Man
4 Sep 2012 7:38PM
Thanks guys for all your help, advice and pointers on a very compact camera.

I do like the idea of a Canon S95 but looking at our local Jessops they no longer stock them which sort of begs the question are they now unavailable and maybe a bit outdated (with every respect)?

Peter
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
4 Sep 2012 9:36PM
I`d hang on and wait for the Benq G1.

http://benq.co.uk/products/digicam/index.cfm/product/1343

Or the new fuji compact

http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2012/08/24/new-fuji-cameras-the-x-e1-and-a-retro-compact-leaked-images/
montechoro 12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
4 Sep 2012 10:45PM
Peter - I'm confused. You asked for first hand experiences of compact cameras with a budget of 200.

The S95 has been superseded by the S100 but the latter is currently 50% more expensive.

The S95 was and is a great camera - of course it will be a "bit outdated" by newer models (depending on the features you value) but as value for money within your budget you'll find it hard to beat.

There are many great little compacts with a myriad of features - only you can decide what you really want but bear in mind, in this price range any compact will be outdated within 12 months of being launched.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
5 Sep 2012 12:26AM

Quote:The S95 was and is a great camera - of course it will be a "bit outdated" by newer models


Only up to a point. There is a school of thought that the stills image quality is actually slightly better with the earlier model. On the other hand the S95 cannot autofocus or zoom in video, so if video is important, the S100 may be the one to get.
steve_p 9 1.1k England
5 Sep 2012 6:20AM
I bought a TZ 20 three months ago at 165, really impresses with it. It was to replace a Canon Ixus 870 which I dropped and smashed the lens!
montechoro 12 2.3k 2 United Kingdom
7 Sep 2012 9:46AM

Quote:The S95 was and is a great camera - of course it will be a "bit outdated" by newer models

Only up to a point. There is a school of thought that the stills image quality is actually slightly better with the earlier model. On the other hand the S95 cannot autofocus or zoom in video, so if video is important, the S100 may be the one to get.



So many variables CB - I agree.

My point for the OP was that a heavily discounted S95 will still provide better image quality and more "professional" versatility in a small, pocketable camera than a full price current model. The S95 RAW images are a joy to work with and for less than 200 at the moment on Amazon - a real bargain.

But each to their own needs and desires.

I read a review from one photo-journalist this week that said the camera in question was merely "OK" but if it was available in red he would buy it in a heartbeat. Of course the body colour helps him to become a much better photographer Grin

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