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Pocket Camera
« on: January 08, 2013, 10:34:32 PM »
Simple question. What pocket camera what you get to always have with you? G15? RX100? P7100? Lumix DMC-LX7? Something else?

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« on: January 08, 2013, 10:34:32 PM »

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Re: Pocket Camera
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 10:50:10 PM »
Those are not necessarily pocket cameras but belt bag cameras. :)  However, I almost always bring my G11, also a belt bag camera (unless you want to wear very big McDonalds pants).  :D

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Re: Pocket Camera
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013, 11:25:55 PM »
Canon S100.  It comes in real handy.  :)


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Re: Pocket Camera
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2013, 08:40:52 AM »
S100 for me, also.  Bought before the RX-100 - I'd get that if I need to replace the S100.

The S95/100/110 and the Sony RX-100 are actually pocket cameras, unlike the others you list (cargo pants notwithstanding).
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Re: Pocket Camera
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2013, 09:18:08 AM »
I carry a G9 that fits in my jeans front pocket without a problem, its a little fat but not too bad. It's having lens extension issues and I'm looking to replace it and have been leaning toward the RX100. The fast lens of the G15 is making the choice harder tbough.

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Re: Pocket Camera
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2013, 09:35:59 AM »
Nikon J1. I bought refurb with 10-30 VR lens for $340. Great little camera.
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Re: Pocket Camera
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013, 10:10:54 AM »
I bought the Leica D-Lux 3 when it first came out. Many thousands of images later, it still serves me well. Great, consistent little camera. They're up to the D-Lux 6 now, but I'm still happy.
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Re: Pocket Camera
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013, 10:10:54 AM »

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Re: Pocket Camera
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2013, 10:35:54 AM »

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My S95 is definitely a "pocket camera." It's in my pocket all the time when I'm out (except when I lose it, if you know that story). It's small, shoots RAW, has good IS and gives me lots of manual options. I got it for really cheap on sale at the refurb store a couple of years ago. As with other folks here, I'd be looking at the RX100 if I had to replace it.

Now, if you want to go cheap and easy...

I just got a Powershot A1200 on clearance sale at the refurb store for $35. No IS, no RAW, limited manual -- but it does have an OVF. Granted, it's tiny, but it gets the job done if you don't want to deal with glare and angle issues. They just announced the latest new one in this line, the A1400. It adds IS and is in the $100 range.

I'd also have to look at the new N -- looks like it could be fun, and it's definitely pocketable.
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2013, 11:20:46 AM »
I got myself the Sony RX100. A bit of a squeeze for the trouser pocket but then ... it shoots RAW and the IQ is pretty good

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Re: Pocket Camera
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 11:40:09 AM »
I checked out the RX100, and while it would seem that the image quality is great out of this thing, I wasn't too fond of the handling (felt very likely to slip out of my hands), nor the slow lens (granted the ISO can probably handle pretty well).

I ended up going with the Lumix LX7. I absolutely LOVE the controls and handling, the lens is damn fast with a good range. It's maybe a bit of a stretch for pocket camera, as in I won't be putting it in my jeans pocket, but I got a great pouch from an army surplus store and it attached to a lot of locations on any of my bags. Plus if you're wearing a jacket, no problem. Image quality wise, it's not great at higher ISO's, but very good for casual snapshots.

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Re: Pocket Camera
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2013, 12:06:14 PM »
No comment on quality, or the fact that it's a Nikon, but the S01 is very small.

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« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2013, 12:07:05 PM »
I checked out the RX100, and while it would seem that the image quality is great out of this thing, I wasn't too fond of the handling (felt very likely to slip out of my hands)

That's very true, the overall build is quite good but it feels extremely unsafe in the hands ... I never use it without the wrist strap.

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« Reply #12 on: January 09, 2013, 12:11:40 PM »
I checked out the RX100, and while it would seem that the image quality is great out of this thing, I wasn't too fond of the handling (felt very likely to slip out of my hands)

That's very true, the overall build is quite good but it feels extremely unsafe in the hands ... I never use it without the wrist strap.

The S95 had that issue, as well. Canon fixed it with the S100 which has a depression/rubberized ridge fir better grip.  Then they eliminated it from the S110 (another reason I don't consider the S110 a useful update).  With the S95, I had considered the Franiac grip.  Worth a look for the RX-100 as well:

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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2013, 01:16:58 PM »
I have two options:

Canon G10 and the Olympus TG1 - Tough.

I've had the G10 for quite some time - but it still works great for snapshots and it just fits in my pockets on most pants and shorts. It easily fits in a coat pocket. I like the option to adjust things manually if I want to and to shoot RAW.

The TG-1 is an awesome camera. It's what I take on fishing trips or to the beach. Anywhere where I do not want to risk my other cameras getting damaged. It doesn't shoot raw or have all the other bells and whistles of some of the other cameras - but it's built like a mini-tank. The photos are pretty decent - but no RAW or Manual control.

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« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2013, 01:43:37 PM »
LX7, or P7700 for more range. If you want more range than LX7 and something faster than P7700 the G15 (but G15 is more expensive than the LX7 or P7700 in my country).

BTW, RX100 is a overrated. The pixels are only 1.3 times, or 1/3th of a stop, faster than the pixels of 12 MP 1/1.7" sensors. Combine that with a relatively slow lens, and the camera isn't that good anymore as its 1" sensor suggests ;). And the RX100 is almost 200 euros more expensive than the LX7 or P7700.

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Re: Pocket Camera
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2013, 01:43:37 PM »