Recommend ultra-light snapshot camera

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Noel Llopis, Sep 2, 2004.

  1. Noel Llopis

    Noel Llopis Guest

    My primary digital camera is a Cannon Powershot G1. It's a great camera, but
    now I'm thinking of complementing it with an ultra-light and small camera
    that I can just keep in my pocket or backpack all the time without worrying
    about it.

    For this one, I just need to take snapshots, so I don't need all the
    control/features of a more advanced camera (but I'd like it to have good
    image quality).

    Specifically, here's what I'm looking for:
    - Very small and light
    - Durable (throw it in the backpack and don't worry about it too much)
    - Uses compact flash cards (so I can reuse my cards from the Powershot)

    Any recommendations?

    Noel Llopis, Sep 2, 2004
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    Roger Guest


    The s400 etc (digital elf) series from Canon is a great ultra compact
    camera. I have friends that travel with them monthly. A few of these
    folks are just too busy to worry about their equipment so they get
    used hard. I don't think any of them from the s100 on have ever had a
    problem. They do use long lasting, rechargeable but proprietary
    batteries. If you prefer to use rechargeable AA batteries you might
    consider the Canon A* series (e.g. A80). Nikon now makes some great
    smaller cameras but it might be more convenient to stay with the Canon
    menu philosophy.

    Roger, Sep 2, 2004
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    Steven Wandy Guest

    The s400 etc (digital elf) series from Canon is a great ultra compact
    I agree I have the s410 as a "carry around" when I don't want to schlep my
    E-1 and am very happy with the results. I got my son an s400 for his
    graduation. Never was into photography (and forget about taking care of
    stuff) and he loves it and gets great results.
    Steven Wandy, Sep 2, 2004
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    Noel Llopis Guest

    Really? I looked at the specs and it's almost 200g. It's light, but I
    thought there were some other cameras that were much lighter/smaller

    Also, I really don't need 4 megapixels. I'd be perfectly happy with 2.5 or 3
    megapixels, movies, or any fancy features. It's purely for snapshots. Is
    there an older model that might be smaller and cheaper and still durable?


    (remove the obvious bits from my address to reply)
    Noel Llopis, Sep 3, 2004
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    Frank ess Guest

    Have a look at the Minolta Dimage Xt and the newer Xg. Not everyone's
    cuppa, but it works
    (and works, and works) for me.

    I have no specs link handy, but I can offer views of the Xt and its
    predecessor, and some example photos:
    Frank ess, Sep 3, 2004
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    John Wright Guest

    "Noel Llopis" wrote in message
    Casio make some of the smallest, thinnest cameras. You should be able to
    find a lot of review and details in websites like or

    - JW
    John Wright, Sep 3, 2004
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    You might look at some of the Casio models, and Sony has a few very
    small, and light models.
    Ron Hunter, Sep 3, 2004
  8. Y'all must have much deeper pockets than I do-- considering a $600 camera a
    "throw it in your backpack and forget about it" camera!!
    Daniel Dravot, Sep 3, 2004
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    kahalas Guest

    Pentax optio 30. 3 megapixels, sd card, aa batteries, small. I got one
    for $130

    kahalas, Sep 3, 2004
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    Noel Llopis Guest

    I looked at those and that's a lot more like what I had in mind. A tad bit
    expensive, but it really looks perfect. Thanks!

    Noel Llopis, Sep 3, 2004
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    Frank ess Guest

    You're welcome. I realzed too late you wanted CF storage, but I'm very
    happy I didn't let that be a disqualifier. Another good point is: the
    lens doesn't stick out, and the hole closes when it's off and tossed in
    your pack.
    Frank ess, Sep 3, 2004
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    Noel Llopis Guest

    Yeah, that's a very nice plus. It also makes it so it's really fast from the
    time you turn it on to the time you can start taking pictures (< 1s).

    As for not using CF... oh well. I did some more research and most of the
    ultra-compact cameras seem to use the same media. No big deal.

    Noel Llopis, Sep 4, 2004
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