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micksurrey Avatar
micksurrey 11 3 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2022 7:37AM
I want to do more street photography. Got a couple of cameras, we all worry so much about settings that I am thinking of getting myself a point and shoot. I could use my phone but the camera isn't that great. Thinking of a Canon IXUS 285. Has anybody got an ideas? My reason is I want to just concentrate on composition and let the camera sort the rest. If I use my dslr or my powershot their is always that temptamption to fiddle. You can have the best gear in the world but a crap image is still a crap image. I want to go back to basics. Trouble is finding anywhere with any stock. Jessops have 4 digital compacts on their website and nothing and nothing in stock. John Lewis have only 11 out of 25. Curry's are out of pretty much everything also. Any input welcome. Cheers.
Stevetheroofer Avatar
28 Mar 2022 8:04AM
How about upgrading your phone?
You can get away taking pictures in the street with an iPhone, but point a camera towards someone and that can be a different story.

micksurrey Avatar
micksurrey 11 3 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2022 8:23AM
Thanks for the input Steve, my partner has an iphone so I know how good those cameras can be, I am anti iphone as much as I am anti windows. Totally agree about pointing cameras at someone in the street.

Take care mate Wink
SlowSong Avatar
SlowSong Plus
15 11.1k 30 England
28 Mar 2022 9:21AM
Panasonic Lumix TZ70. See my p/f for examples. Great little camera. No bells and whistles. Records in raw and jpeg. About £240.
micksurrey Avatar
micksurrey 11 3 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2022 9:38AM
I've got a similar spec Cannon, I want something even simpler. Thanks for the input.
Carabosse Avatar
Carabosse Plus
20 44.3k 270 England
28 Mar 2022 10:46AM
Sony HX90V.

This was the last compact camera I owned - and technically still do although it's on permanent "loan" to a friend! 😀

I replaced it with a multi-camera smartphone with which I am very pleased. It even shoots in RAW although the JPEGs are so good I don't usually bother.

I would not go back to using a compact. I had an Ixus a while ago and wasn't too impressed. I sold it. A smartphone - with a decent sized sensor plus 'computational photography' - can outperform a small-sensor compact.
Silverlake Avatar
28 Mar 2022 10:49PM
All cameras will allow you to 'fiddle' as you put it. Given what you've already got I'd say stick with those, save your money and discipline yourself. One trick you could try is to put the camera on manual, pick a suitable shutter speed and aperture for general street photography (eg, 1/125 and f/8, but you might want to vary this depending on how sunny it is on any given day) and set the ISO to 'Auto' then touch nothing while you are out shooting.

If you do decide to buy something else, for street photography, I'd recommend getting something with a fixed focal length lens (so you're not 'fiddling' with the zoom), like a Ricoh GRIIIx. Alternatively, get a secondhand 35mm film camera - it will certainly force you to concentrate on your composition and when every shot costs you money.
micksurrey Avatar
micksurrey 11 3 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2022 8:52AM
Thankyou, I was wondering about sticking with what I have seeing as I have a few cameras. Got advice. Thankyou.


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