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Made By: discreetphoton
Start: 12/12/0000 - 4:29 PM
End: 28/06/2010 - 4:29 PM
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Got a compact camera? Mobile phone? Put your shots here, and we'll see what's really achievable with a small sensor.

For this to work, we'll need some information from you. Don't forget to include the details of your camera when you upload, and please talk about any difficulties you faced in light of technological limits, and what you did to get around them. Other than that, anything's fair game.

Any shots that really stand out will get a special mention in the comments section here.

Have fun, anyone welcome, as long as the sensor size is smaller than APS-C (apologies to anyone with a Sigma Wink)

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nsutcliffe
12 Dec 2009 - 5:26 PM

How can I add a photo to this group that I already have in my portfolio?

Thanks,
Nigel.

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discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93443 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 5:52 PM

Go to the image in your portfolio that you wish to add, then click the option to "EDIT" the photo information. In there, you will find a drop down box to "LINK TO MEETINGS" Select "GROUP: COMPACT CAMERA" from this list, and the image will appear on this page.

David.

martinjp
martinjp  5 Wales3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 6:05 PM

How about uploads from a mobile?

Martin.

discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93443 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 6:45 PM

Absolutely Smile I've ammended the group details to include this.

Last Modified By discreetphoton at 12 Dec 2009 - 6:47 PM
Xiaoli
Xiaoli  5661 forum posts South Africa14 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 7:18 PM

What happens next?

AngieLatham
12 Dec 2009 - 7:58 PM

it's up to you.....it's always up to you.

discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93443 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 8:01 PM

More people upload, then in a week, I have a look, and if I'm impressed, you can have a cookie Wink
What will hopefully happen is that lots of creative people start to inspire other people, and we all learn from the experience and become better photographers, or snappers, if you'd prefer.

Xiaoli
Xiaoli  5661 forum posts South Africa14 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 8:06 PM

What happens next?

Last Modified By Xiaoli at 12 Dec 2009 - 8:07 PM
Xiaoli
Xiaoli  5661 forum posts South Africa14 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 8:07 PM


Quote: More people upload, then in a week, I have a look, and if I'm impressed, you can have a cookie
What will hopefully happen is that lots of creative people start to inspire other people, and we all learn from the experience and become better photographers, or snappers, if you'd prefer.

And how is that going to happen? Precisely? Are there going to be comments, critiques, suggestions .... what?

discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93443 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 8:34 PM

It's new. Let's just see where it goes Smile

porty2003
porty2003  1097 forum posts Scotland
12 Dec 2009 - 8:49 PM

Be nice if this could be kept as a friendly and 'informal' area.Post pics,chat about experiences using compacts ie how to get the best out of them etc.I have had an Olympus 5060 for a number of years but wish to upgrade and am seriously considering seling my DSLR and Lenses and buying a Canon G10/S90 or Lumix LX3.You would be right to take from this that I am 'happy' to sacrifice technical image quality for the convenience of a lighter/less bulky package.I'm not in any great hurry and hopefully users of the cameras mentioned will pop in and post pics/give views on their gear.
John.

porty2003
porty2003  1097 forum posts Scotland
12 Dec 2009 - 8:55 PM


Quote: Go to the image in your portfolio that you wish to add, then click the option to "EDIT" the photo information. In there, you will find a drop down box to "LINK TO MEETINGS" Select "GROUP: COMPACT CAMERA" from this list, and the image will appear on this page.

David.

Did the above successfully and it was totally 'painless' Smile.If a dunderheid like me can do it...............Wink

discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93443 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
12 Dec 2009 - 9:04 PM


Quote: Be nice if this could be kept as a friendly and 'informal' area

Sounds good to me Smile The joy of compacts is that they are informal, less intimidating, and spontaneous.

Good motto I think.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2009 - 2:24 PM

I've just taken delivery of a Fuji Finepix J30. Wanted this as a `point and shoot' accessory to complement my Nikon D60 + lenses. Initial shots seem to cope well with landscapes but struggles with fine detail on faces despite it having 12.2 megapixels. Need to do do some more trialling to get the best out of it I'm sure.

CaroleA
CaroleA  8 England3 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2009 - 3:21 PM

Well, I'm really glad to find this area! Although I have a modest DSLR, a lot of my photos on here (and when I submit to the Camera Club I'm a member of) are taken on a compact. Th begin with it was a Nikon Coolpix 300 and now it's a Canon Ixus 60 - fabulous little camera! Now I've just got to pick one from the many that I'm proud of the Ixus for having taken...back soon....

nsutcliffe
13 Dec 2009 - 4:35 PM


Quote: Go to the image in your portfolio that you wish to add, then click the option to "EDIT" the photo information. In there, you will find a drop down box to "LINK TO MEETINGS" Select "GROUP: COMPACT CAMERA" from this list, and the image will appear on this page.

David.

Thanks David that worked just fine. There are already lots of excellent pictures here!

Nigel.

strawman
strawman  1021997 forum posts United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
13 Dec 2009 - 9:58 PM

Nice idea, I lkie it.

discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93443 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
15 Dec 2009 - 1:19 AM

John's just started a thread for all of our tips and tricks for compact cameras.

mdpontin
mdpontin  106016 forum posts Scotland
15 Dec 2009 - 1:50 PM

I like the look of this. It could be a suitable challenge to get me thinking about my photography again - put the dSLR aside and see what I can do with my compact. Smile

islandt
islandt  10 United Kingdom
16 Dec 2009 - 9:30 AM

Great idea - You get some really great images with a compact because it's physically smaller than your DSLR and you're more likely to have it with you. You can get into positions to try some images that you wouldn't even consider with the bigger camera!

yomanuel
yomanuel  5 Spain
17 Dec 2009 - 7:25 AM

I like this idea. I can share my experiences with the Lumix LX3.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2009 - 10:31 AM

there's not a lot of posting activity???????

I've taken to wearing my compact around my neck just in case I see something unusual (perhaps street photography). Something I wouldn't perhaps feel comfortable doing with the DSLR.

Take today - freezing cold outside, carrying shopping and found some street art drawn by children to dress the seafront area that has been demolished for some time. Not yet checked the results but hope to put together a compilation.

What do you shoot?

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2009 - 3:41 PM

A suggestion - it would be useful to have an email link to these comments so that we could be told when they have been updated Smile

KathyW
KathyW  101793 forum posts Norfolk Island12 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2009 - 7:25 PM

Just added a few shots to the group. It will inspire me to slip the Ixus in my pocket when I don't feel up to carrying a big camera around Smile

Hanners
Hanners e2 Member 8875 forum postsHanners vcard Ireland10 Constructive Critique Points
17 Dec 2009 - 7:42 PM

Just added a shot, this is a great idea as sometimes it's refreshing to use a compact just get you back to basics Smile

PhilAJ
PhilAJ  783 forum posts United Kingdom
2 Jan 2010 - 9:57 AM

I've been on this site for a few years now and had a great time with my photography, changing equipment almost annually. Currently on Canon 40D plus some nice lenses and filter systems.

Over the next year, i'm to be Captain of our golf club, so wont have much time to spend on photography, but there will be lots of picture opportunities.

So - i want to get a compact that is easy to carry, and can be used by my wife, rather than carting my big bag around.

Having mainly used mid - high end stuff I have no idea how good these things are - so anyone got any advice for me.

I want something that can be used as point and shoot - but also allow an element of control over for when i do have a little more time. I do a lot of Photoshop post processing and enlargement so quality of output needs to be good.


Only started to look yesterday - and the Kodak MD41 caught my eye. Kodak isnt a manufacturer I would have looked at - but the promotion of a 12Mb device with what appears to be a lot of control, for £79 made me look closer.

Any advice on this or other cameras that I should be considering?

Thanks

Phil

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
7 Jan 2010 - 12:13 PM

Samsung magazine...might be of interest?

Samsung magazine

discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93443 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2010 - 8:48 PM

Some (hopefully) helpful links relating to compact cameras:

Hints and tips

Ephotozine reviews

Ephotozine articles

Assorted forum posts

heids
heids  4 Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jan 2010 - 9:13 AM

I have just found this forum. All I have is a fujifilm A180 and sometimes wish I had a dsl, but after reading here, I am quite happy with my compact. I carry it everywhere with me.

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jan 2010 - 10:47 AM

I find having a live screen view (on my Fuji) helpful to carry around as I can use it much like a polaroid to check comp before hauling the D60 out of it's burrow.

gingerdelight

I've just been steered in this direction and have linked my latest upload which was taken on a Hitachi HDC-651E. I like to use this for candid shots, where a larger camera could be too obvious!
Carol

Last Modified By gingerdelight at 2 Feb 2010 - 8:11 PM
davey_griffo
19 Feb 2010 - 5:04 PM

this group seems to be what I've been looking for too, though for a different reason.

I recently went to the Echo Arena in Liverpool to photograph...sorry, to watch & listen to, Kelly Clarkson. The Echo has a rather strict policy on camera's, no "professional" gear allowed. ie no D-SLRs. You can only take in a compact.

I took along my little Kodak Z740, and took some shots of Kelly, & her support act Parachute. As you can see, even at the camera's maximum setting of only 400 ISO, I got a fair bit of noise.

I'd like a decent compact to replace it, with good image quality, & better noise handling, to get around the restrictions imposed at the venue. I don't really want to spend a fortune, as at £400.00, I can't help thinking I could have a SLR for that (I know, that defeats the object). Any recommendations?

My local Asda has a Fujifilm S1500 10MP camera for the princely sum of £127.00, but I'd like to know the quality was better, before I buy.

Last Modified By davey_griffo at 19 Feb 2010 - 5:06 PM
woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
25 Feb 2010 - 12:31 PM

I'm doing fine for posting at the moment but rubbish on commenting, so apologies in advance.

We bought our daughter a little Fujifilm something-or-other some three years ago specifically so that she could photograph gigs. Pointless of me trying to remember the model as compacts seem to be upgraded every couple of months. She specified high ISO performance, reasonable tele zoom (about 200mm equivalent), wide angle unnecessary. She is pleased with it.

My own pocket camera, a Lumix DMC-FX100, produces horrendous noise even at ISO 400; I've never tested its maximum, the thought is too scary. But I keep noise reduction switched off, ditto flash, and it's wonderful at its base ISO of 80. The big pluses are (a) it is small enough to conceal in my palm; (b) it is extremely sturdy; (c) the shake reduction has enabled me to shoot right down to silly speeds - rubbish for movement but cancels out the noise problem. I went for wide angle rather than long zoom (28-100mm equivalent). I purchased it after reading the epz review thoroughly, many times, and have never regretted my purchase: it travels everywhere with me even on our weekly supermarket trip .....unless I have the G10 with me. It will be the hardest of my cameras to replace.

I bought my Canon G10 last year for a specific purpose: so that I could have a reasonably professional camera with raw available and DSLR functionality that would remain relatively unobtrusive. Much as I love the Lumix, it's best on auto everything (like a pocket calculator in a maths exam, it's great as long as you know how to use it ... ) The G10 is versatile, gives stunning colours, goes reasonably wide and long (28-140mm), the lens is very sharp, macro is excellent, and it reacts acceptably fast though not instantly. Vibration control works well enough, macro is excellent; the camera is quite big but still fits into my jacket pocket - as long as the opposite pocket carries a counterweight! Competition came from a comparable Nikon (felt flimsy) and the admirable Lumix FX-3 (I think it is called) (very restricted zoom, though on reflection I think the image quality is superior to the Canon's).

To summarise my thoughts for Dave's benefit (sorry it's a bit late): Read the epz reviews; read the compact camera tips; don't ignore the lesser-known brands (I have met a superb little lightweight Samsung, and helenlinda posted some excellent images from a Traveler bought in Aldi); and enjoy being free from your DSLR!

cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 103995 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland24 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2010 - 10:55 AM

just posted my `Himalyan Blue' shot and although I like the end result but I was trying to capture the stamen as a focal point. There was bright sunlight on the LCD screen so couldn't see what was happening, but the camera has deigned to focus an everything around the edge.

leonRae
leonRae  4
15 Jun 2010 - 3:12 PM

Hi

I am using the new Casio ex-fc150 which is in my opinion a Brilliant and much Underrated compact camera. I would put it in the class of the Fuji EXR, the Sony WX1 and Samsungs wb1000 for innovation. Its speed factor is just freakish. Its high speed mode for example (and this is just one of many functions its capable of) can record 40Frames a Second and that’s at 9mega pixels. I don’t believe there are many if indeed any DLSR that can achieve close to that. I still am in awe when I use that function let alone all the other features which are geared towards speed and ensuring that the shot you want to capture is Captured!!

Its video capabilities are Awesome too. Anyone who’s had the Casio ex1, fh20 or indeed the ex-fc100 will testify to this. Its 720p HD as standard but switch it down to lower resolution and the speed it records at will make the movies record in slow motion. I am not obsessed by this as others are ( see yutube postings) as I am more interested in its photographic abilities but its sure is Handy having such video capabilities on board when the situation demands and it’s a hellova conversation piece..

For such technology to be in such a compact camera ought to gain Casio awards for innovations like the cameras I have mentioned above have gained. Maybe Casio’s failing is that they are not a major player yet. And releasing this camera when many in the photographic (more serious) compact community are wedded to the excellent canon s90 (whose image quality I think the ex-fc150 is close to ) and others are awaiting the Samsung Ex1 and the Wb2000 which will have similar video capabilities and Raw still capture, might be some of the reasons this camera has had such a lackluster profile. However the two pro camera sites that have reviewed it have rated it HIGHLY and that doesn’t surprise me none.… Sure it has a little learning Curve but don’t all the best Compacts for those who literally don’t want to ‘Point and Shoot.’

Well anyway I for one Definitely will be keeping and using this little Gem. I can’t sing its praises enough. Are there any other users out there ??

discreetphoton
discreetphoton Site Moderator 93443 forum postsdiscreetphoton vcard United Kingdom20 Constructive Critique Points
11 Jul 2010 - 9:31 PM

To try and get this going again, and to make it easier to track updates, I've just set up this group in the new dedicated area

Pete
Pete Site Moderator 1318430 forum postsPete vcard ePz Advertiser England96 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2010 - 9:49 AM

This meeting style group will close on 28th June 2010 as we now have a facility to create proper groups. Please go to Groups to find out more.

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