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P&S camera next to Canon EOS 450D??


I am very happy to own and discover the capabilities of an EOS 450D (own it 6 months now), but on some occasions I would like to have a compact camera with me..

What am I looking for? A very compact camera that I can use outdoor and indoor, gives good quality photos (megapixels isn't really important to me, real tone colors are), charger (no batteries), wide angle, nice video quality (although I am not a frequent user).

I have been looking through comments and have come up with the followingFinePix F50fdSONY DSC W300CASIO EX Z1080 / 200Canon IXUS85.

I am willing to spend around 200, which one suits me best, regarding my wishes?Thanks in advance for any comments!!..

Comments (8)

NV8. It is a pocket camera with a great video mode and the photo quality of a G9...

Comment #1

Samsung looks good as well, adds up to my list then......

Comment #2

I'm plenty happy with my Fuji F45fd. But from your list the Sony W300 would tempt me the most..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #3



My last camera was a Casio and I was very happy with it. But I bought it some years ago, since then a lot has changed concerning technique and quality of cameras..

On the other hand am very happy with my Canon 450D, but that's a whole different ballgame I suppose?.

Are brands really that important? Or should I just focus on the camera, it's capacities? My main issue remains that I still don't know the photo quality of each camera... arrghh complicated!!..

Comment #4

My past digital cameras were all Canon. For my current camera I took a "risk" away from Canon and got a Fuji instead. No regrets, there most definitely are "flavor" differences between Canon and Fuji. But the basic quality is there in full. So yeah, we all have favorite brands, and nothing wrong with that. But there is no real reason to be a slave to that either..

Your DSLR has the salon end of your hobby covered already. In my view it's a mistake to demand DSLR like behavior and quality from a P&S. Instead let the P&S do what it does best, convenience and fun. Performance wise the main challenge for P&S cameras is low light. Especially slow focusing (or "hunting" focus) in low light. Watch out for that IF low light is important to you..

Otherwise my view is to put control layout and features ahead of splitting hairs over performance..

Kelly..

Comment #5

KCook wrote:.

My past digital cameras were all Canon. For my current camera I tooka "risk" away from Canon and got a Fuji instead. No regrets, theremost definitely are "flavor" differences between Canon and Fuji. Butthe basic quality is there in full. So yeah, we all have favoritebrands, and nothing wrong with that. But there is no real reason tobe a slave to that either..

Your DSLR has the salon end of your hobby covered already. In myview it's a mistake to demand DSLR like behavior and quality from aP&S. Instead let the P&S do what it does best, convenience and fun.Performance wise the main challenge for P&S cameras is low light.Especially slow focusing (or "hunting" focus) in low light. Watchout for that IF low light is important to you..

Otherwise my view is to put control layout and features ahead ofsplitting hairs over performance..

Being a DSLR owner does set the expectations a bit higher. I looked for a larger sensor camera which led to Fuji, Canon A6xx series and Samsung NV. The flavors are very different. Fuji is cleaner but uses an enormous amount of NR. Canon now has stabilization but the body feels cheap. Samsung NV15 produces the most natural image but lets some noise through.

It is all about compromise and what you are willing to live with...

Comment #6

Canon SD870 IS/IXUS 860 IS. 28mm equiv wide angle. Pocket-sized. Great all-around performance. Only real downside is minimal telephoto (100mm), though you can use digital zoom out to about 150mm with minimal impact on IQ. Somewhat similar controls to 450D..

Oh, and the fitted Canon case doesn't actually fit it...

Comment #7

Esnupi wrote:.

What am I looking for? A very compact camera that I can use outdoorand indoor, gives good quality photos (megapixels isn't reallyimportant to me, real tone colors are), charger (no batteries), wideangle, nice video quality (although I am not a frequent user).

If you want nice image quality, get a compact with a largest sensor you can find (typically 1/1.8", unless you want a Sigma DP1). Since you have an EOS DSLR, I'd recommend a G9. Not the smallest, but can still fit in a jacket pocket. It will take the same dedicated flashes as your DSLR, which can really help with indoor photos..

If the G9 is too much over your budget, a used G7 might work for you it's pretty similar to the G9 but no raw and 10mp instead of 12mp. Or if you really want to go back in time, a G6 (6mp, no IS, but has tilt & swivel screen and raw)..

Seen in a fortune cookie:Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed..

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