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Compact camera advice please? What is a brilliant one at a good price?

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Hi folks, it appears we need a new compact camera, i have my eye on either the panasonic lumix with the 10x zoom or the olympus tough thing, you know the one that you can get wet and dusty etc, we spe… Read More
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Hi folks, it appears we need a new compact camera, i have my eye on either the panasonic lumix with the 10x zoom or the olympus tough thing, you know the one that you can get wet and dusty etc, we spend a good while in the pool and sea on holidays you see.
Or do you know of a better one? My standard kit is a D80 nikon and love it to bits, just that we need a snapper type

Many thanks guys
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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#1
boo hoo, nobody here to help me
#2
Don't know enough to help but try posting it here

http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=316791&page=298

Some of the people really know what they are on about :thumbsup:
#3
Have a look at the fuji website, they do some cracking deals on refurbished, plus their extended warranties are quite good value too as they include acidental damage (wish i'd bought one now as my write protect switch as broken so it wont write to memory cards)
#5
The DADDY of all compact digital camera's... The Canon Powershot G10
#6
try the Ricoh R7. Looked at loads when I got mine, great camera.
#7
You've not mentioned much of the use you intend for this camera which makes it more difficult to give recommendations. There's not really any do it all compacts as all have to be a compromise in various areas.

Personally as an SLR user my choice of compact is the Panasonic LX3 as this feels like a camera made for photographers, not the mass market. Although the lens drops its telephoto range you instead get an unusual (for compacts) 24-60mm F2-F2.8 which means you get a decent wide angle which lets in a decent amount of light for shooting indoors. The sensor is one of Panasonic's multi-aspect ratios which means you can shoot at 3:2. 4:3 or 16:9 and you get 10MP for each and all keep the 24mm maximum wide angle. This is not handled by conventional cropping, instead it's an oversized centre which works with different portions within the lens circle. It also has a hotshoe (TTL with 4/3 flashes), as many physical controls as there are space for and a decent 720p 30fps movie mode. Views are somewhat mixed on the camera especially with the lack of telephoto although I think it's a great camera a partner to an SLR.

The TZ series (Panasonic's compact 10x zooms) have been pretty popular although again I know some people that really like their ones and some that are less pleased with the results. Partially it may be down to expecting too much for a compact, reviews commonly attack the lack of manual controls although I don't think it's that much of an issue on a compact - unlike an SLR your depth of field comparatively very large and there's little ISO headroom to play with.

John
#8
Try the Canon shop on ebay, i have bought 4 cameras from them at a very good price and havn't had a single problem with any of them.
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Johnmcl7
You've not mentioned much of the use you intend for this camera which makes it more difficult to give recommendations. There's not really any do it all compacts as all have to be a compromise in various areas.

Personally as an SLR user my choice of compact is the Panasonic LX3 as this feels like a camera made for photographers, not the mass market. Although the lens drops its telephoto range you instead get an unusual (for compacts) 24-60mm F2-F2.8 which means you get a decent wide angle which lets in a decent amount of light for shooting indoors. The sensor is one of Panasonic's multi-aspect ratios which means you can shoot at 3:2. 4:3 or 16:9 and you get 10MP for each and all keep the 24mm maximum wide angle. This is not handled by conventional cropping, instead it's an oversized centre which works with different portions within the lens circle. It also has a hotshoe (TTL with 4/3 flashes), as many physical controls as there are space for and a decent 720p 30fps movie mode. Views are somewhat mixed on the camera especially with the lack of telephoto although I think it's a great camera a partner to an SLR.

The TZ series (Panasonic's compact 10x zooms) have been pretty popular although again I know some people that really like their ones and some that are less pleased with the results. Partially it may be down to expecting too much for a compact, reviews commonly attack the lack of manual controls although I don't think it's that much of an issue on a compact - unlike an SLR your depth of field comparatively very large and there's little ISO headroom to play with.

John

good point that you need more info, its just a camera that needs to fit in my ladies handbag, we have at present got a casio exilim and its just struggling to focus and stuff now, in short its a bit naff but the size is good. we use it for the usual family snaps, holidays and days out, both in and out of doors, so really i need a good all rounder, i saw the ricoh r8 on at a great price of 135 ish but arent too sure if its as good as some others, we dont really have a budget but am looking at under 250 notes realistically

many thanks
#10
Mallinersha
The DADDY of all compact digital camera's... The Canon Powershot G10

great piece of kit but just too big, plus i usually take my nikon with me for the better quality pics too, a bit too advanced for a holiday snaps camera for us, thanks anyway
#11
dunda_bilash
try the Ricoh R7. Looked at loads when I got mine, great camera.

has the r8 superceded this now? they are out for a great price now
#12
The G10 is truly an amazing compack camera. I have owned the TZ and it is a fabulous camera. The images were good, the videos were good and it was easy to use. However i know have the Olymups 1030SW and i love it soooo much. I have dropped it, went swimming with it, dropped it in a pint at the local for a laugh heehee. The downside i find is that the image quality at night is not 100% but for all the pros mentioned above its soooo worth it. You can get it from ebay for under 200.
#13
I have the new Sony for sale if your interested, sealed W270 12.1 with HD, £170 delivered recorded.
http://www.sony.co.uk/product/dsc-w-series/dsc-w270
#14
markhodges1975;4963047
has the r8 superceded this now? they are out for a great price now

Yes, nothing that big changed:

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/ricohr8/

John
#15
If you think there's a chance that it might get wet then you simply must get a waterproof camera such as one of the Olympus' as you'll be forever missing the best shots with anything else because it will be at the bottom of a bag under a towel 'so it doesn't get wet'. And you can get away with some moderate accidental drops of the non wet kind with the Olympus too.
Any number of fantastic features are completely useless when you've had the camera two weeks and it's died in the middle of the holiday.
#16
stgeorge
I have the new Sony for sale if your interested, sealed W270 12.1 with HD, £170 delivered recorded.
http://www.sony.co.uk/product/dsc-w-series/dsc-w270

looks a nice piece of kit but not a big enough saving over store prices im afraid

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