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Need suggestions for a Good compact camera
Melissa Macatee, Photographer
Dallas | TX | | Posted: 9:58 AM on 08.20.15
->> I go back and forth on whether to take my real gear on simple trips or to find a good quality compact camera that will produce a quality image that is a little more discreet and easy to tuck in to a small bag or jacket. Thought I might just throw this out there and see if anyone has a suggestion. I looked and didn't see a recent thread on compacts.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 12:08 PM on 08.20.15
->> I've had a Canon S110 (http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/pow...) for a while and it's a really great small, light, carry around camera. for less than $300.

I've been using this range (first the S90, then the S100, now this one) for many years and they've given consistently excellent results.
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Richard Uhlhorn, Photographer
Chelan Falls | WA | USA | Posted: 1:16 PM on 08.20.15
->> Check out the Sony RX 100 series cameras. Depending on how much you want to spend, these are super quality P&S cameras.

Info:
World's first1 20.1 MP 1" Exmor RS stacked back illuminated CMOS, High resolution 4K movie recording with direct pixel readout and no pixel binning, Super slow-motion movie3 HFR (High frame rate) up to 960 fps (40x)
• Super-speed Anti-Distortion Shutter at max. 1/32000 sec. up to 16fps, Bright F1.8- F2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonar T* lens (24-70mm), Fast Intelligent AF thanks to the new Exmor RS CMOS sensor
• Retractable XGA OLED Tru-Finer viewfinder and Sharp 3" multi-angle LCD, Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC w/ camera apps, Dual record of 16.8MP photos while shooting movie w/ auto settings
• Enhanced pro-video functions and NTSC switchable

I am shooting Version 1 of the RX10 which has the same sensor and I can tell you it takes care of 98 percent of all my needs. Plus it is light and not burdensome on this old body of mine.
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PJ Heller, Photographer
Christchurch | NZ | | Posted: 1:18 PM on 08.20.15
->> Also check out the Sony RX-10.
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Philip Johnson, Photographer
Garland | TX | USA | Posted: 2:15 PM on 08.20.15
->> Let me ask why do you think your cellphone camera is not good enough? http://manginphotography.net/2012/07/how-i-made-instagram-images-that-were-.../

Cellphone cameras have come along way and with the right app you can produce some nice images.
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Doug Strickland, Photographer
Chattanooga | TN | USA | Posted: 4:05 PM on 08.20.15
->> If you want a camera with a fast zoom and great image quality for a point-and-shoot, all in a size that you can fit into your pocket, one of the Sony RX 100 generations will fit your bill. Starting with the Mark III they also have a pop-up viewfinder, so you don't have to shoot using only the rear screen. Richard already posted the relevant specs.

If you don't particularly care about having a variable zoom, however, I am absolutely in love with my Fuji x100s (newest version is the x100T, which makes many functional improvements but is basically the same in other ways). I carry this camera with me everywhere I go and frequently use it on assignments as well. It is a fixed 35mm equivalent f/2 lens (APS-C sensor with 23mm) with no AA filter. Fuji's unique X-trans sensors render fantastic image quality for such a small package. It also has the ability to sync (wired) with flash up to 1/1000. It has a rangefinder-styled viewfinder, a retro body with shutter speed dial, and a very small size. I just love shooting with this thing.

Don't expect anything in the video department out of this camera though.
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Richard Uhlhorn, Photographer
Chelan Falls | WA | USA | Posted: 4:23 PM on 08.20.15
->> Here is what got me to purchase the RX10. It came from Patric Murphy-Racey's blog.

So, three photographers are sitting in a bar. One says, "let's talk about the greatest camera to shoot a wedding with!" "OK, it should be small, and lightweight," the first says. "It should have a fast lens, f/2.8," says another. "It should do great video and have built in image stabilization." Another chimes in, "it should be able to shoot 60P, allow complete manual control of exposure and have a de-clicked aperture ring right on the lens." "Yeah, and have a headphone jack so you can hear if there is a problem with audio before it's too late," says the first one. "I want it to shoot ten frames per second and make NO noise (laughter from around the table)." "The battery should last a long time and allow copious chimping throughout the day (chuckles)." "It should have a built-in ND filter so you could shoot wide open in bright sunlight. And it should sync flash at 1/1000th so you don't have to take real lights and you could just use a small flash for portraits." "OK, if we're going crazy, it should have a Carl Zeiss lens on it and zoom from 24-200mm and keep the same aperture (more laughter)." "If you are going that far, you should be able to click one button and be able to send the image to your phone and onto the bride's Facebook right from the wedding itself." "One last thing, I want to be able to shoot square, 2:3, and 16:9 stills and do in camera tilt-shift effects I can control."
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Simon Wheeler, Photo Editor, Photographer
Ithaca | NY | USA | Posted: 6:36 PM on 08.20.15
->> Melissa,

You should probably figure out for yourself what you mean by compact. The Canon S110 etc are very much smaller than a Sony RX10. Both are excellent cameras. But a Canon S110 you can carry all day and almost forget you have it on you, it's that small. The RX10, a wonderful camera, is much bigger and you will be constantly aware that you are carrying it.

I use a small older Nikon similar to the Canon S110 series when I don't want to think about carrying the camera much and a larger small mirrorless when I want something better with more lens selection and am willing to think about carrying it.
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Richard Uhlhorn, Photographer
Chelan Falls | WA | USA | Posted: 10:43 AM on 08.21.15
->> But the Rx100 is as small as they come.
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 11:27 AM on 08.21.15
->> "...the Rx100 is as small as they come"

The Canon S120 (the latest model in the range) is smaller and lighter and is about $100 less than the RX100.
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Joshua Brown, Photographer
Raeford | NC | USA | Posted: 4:37 PM on 08.21.15
->> My "walk around camera" is the more consumer-driven Canon SX-500. Nice optical zoom, clean files at low ISO's, with full auto or full manual controls, depending on who in my house is shooting. It's easy to use, lightweight, and a good deal for under $200.
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Richard Uhlhorn, Photographer
Chelan Falls | WA | USA | Posted: 11:45 AM on 08.22.15
->> Jim, I've been a Canon shooter all my life until Patrick, by way of his blog, introduced me to the Sony brand. I'm a convert.
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Kiel Maddox, Photographer
Fresno | CA | USA | Posted: 2:59 PM on 08.22.15
->> I use the Sony RX100 III and love it. Does everything my full frame DLSR can for the most part. Only thing it falls at in my opinion is audio when recording video, but I bought it for photos so that isn't a big issue for me.

Highly recommend it if you are looking for something that can give you DSLR functions, but in compact form. Granted you do pay for it, and the Mark III version is a 24-70mm 1.8-2.8 equivalent. If you are looking for something with more reach you might want the Mark II, which I believe is a 28-100mm?
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Jim Colburn, Photographer
Omaha | NE | USA | Posted: 3:01 PM on 08.22.15
->> Good for you Richard. I've shot mostly Canon, with the odd Leica, Fuji, Mamiya, Rollei, Sinar, Linhof and Hassleblad thrown in.

The Canon S120 is still, smaller, lighter and cheaper than the Sony RX100.
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Melissa Macatee, Photographer
Dallas | TX | | Posted: 12:24 AM on 08.23.15
->> Thanks for the suggestions. I will look into them. I take photos with my phone, it's great for Instagram and recently blew up one to 12x12 but often just want a little more control of settings or reach thank I can get from phone. I have looked at mirrorless specifically a Fuji but not sure I want to jump out on an early generation . Have canon G series but it has its limits , actually have a g9 and could confiscate daughters G15. I will look at Sony, thanks for suggestion? I like being able to have control over settings. Thanks again for everyone's input.
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Melissa Macatee, Photographer
Dallas | TX | | Posted: 12:47 AM on 08.23.15
->> lots of typos In last post. thanks for all the suggestions! I appreciate them, got burned last time I bought a compact and don't want to make that mistake again.
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Michael Chow, Photographer
Phoenix | AZ | United States | Posted: 2:05 PM on 08.25.15
->> I recommend the Sony RX100III (they're up to IV now). I wanted a vacation camera that acted like a pro camera, compact enough to fit in my front pocket and most of all, have no shutter lag (ok, it has a .008 lag, not really noticeable). Buy the rubber grip, the smooth finish can be hard to hold.
Cons: price, but you get what you pay for!
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