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OT what is a great pocket camara

2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
edited 5:11AM in EggHead Forum
Looking for what may be a good non techie pocket camera.

What pocket camera has a good size view window.

What reasonable priced pocket camera?

Any ideas?

Thanks Tim :)


  • Boilermaker BenBoilermaker Ben Posts: 1,956
    My cell phone takes great pictures of the inside of my pocket all the time.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 18,644
    Tim lots of phone cameras are getting very good now. You have it all in one and can upload to photobucket direct w/o a computer.
    The 3G iPhones are $49.00. I use that and happy with 80% of the pic's for the forum.
    Told the new iphones would have 8 meg and flash.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • deepsouthdeepsouth Posts: 1,796
    i recently upgraded my camera and got a canon powershot s95. i did a good bit of research before buying it and it came highly recommended by many people.

    it's not the cheapest at $400, but it takes beautiful pictures in any conditions.
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Ha! Maybe you should cut a hole in your pocket. :laugh:
  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
    That's not an easy question Tim. Do you have a price range, a mega pixel requirement, zoom and macro needs. I take it you want something as automatic as can be?

    I go with any of the great lens manufacturers. Like Nikon, Canon and I think Sony uses Zeiss lenses. Those are the ones that come to mind and there are others. The end result of your efforts is a photograph and a good lens is as a must. I always look at the zoom and close up features, they can add great versatility to a camera and some of these little marvels can do just about anything. A lot of mega pixels will add to the price like anything else and may not be as useful. I have a little Nikon point and shoot that goes up to 12 mega pixels and I always have it set lower so the files are smaller and I don't have to edit the images so much before I post to the forum.

    I wish I could point to one camera for you and say that is the one that will make you the happiest but it isn't that simple. Do your research well and it will pay off in the end. A good site for reviews on cameras and gear is

    Email me if there is any way I can be of help my friend,


  • Gator Bait Gator Bait Posts: 5,244
    Very good Ben!

    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thanks Mickey We will give it a consideration. Tim :)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Jason, That looks like a great camera even if your not steady. Thanks. Tim
  • Weekend WarriorWeekend Warrior Posts: 1,702
    Check your mail.


    PS. The camera that deepsouth recommended is Consumer's Reports top pick in sub-compacts....
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thanks Blair. I hear what you are saying. I will look at the site you left a link for. Tim :)
  • Rezen73Rezen73 Posts: 356
    I have one of these as a backup for my DSLR.

    Canon SX-130IS.

    key features:

    12x OPTICAL zoom (awesome btw.. I LOVE the zoom on it)
    Image Stabilization (very important IMO)
    records in 720p HD video
    12.1 megapixels (not all that important, the Canon lens quality is)

    best of all, it's small enough to fit in my pocket (although not as small as other P&S cameras).

    Takes 2 AA batteries, but get yourself one of those AA battery chargers and 4 batteries, and it'll last you all weekend while you're drunk in New Orleans on Halloween. oops... ;)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Return email sent. Thank you. Tim
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thank you and thanks for the link. Tim
  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 22,730
    ive had two, i broke both within a year or two. one was a fujifilm finepix and the other was a little more money, a nikon coolpix. the fuji was maybe about 120 and it took better pictures of things close like flowers or food, seem to have a better focus at depth, the nikon was netter for distance shots. for me taking fish, food, dog pics the fuji was great. my next camera will be an inbetween with a big digital zoom, my nikon d60 doesnt cut it without buying all the different lenses for me

    these were taken with a cheap fuji, notice how focused the background is, my nikon coolpix would never do this



  • Highly recommend the Olympus Tough series - great camera, water resistant, shock-proof, etc.
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Mark check your email again. Tim
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thank you Pat. :)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thank you fish. Mark aka weekend warror sent me the ConsumerReports report on the list of cameras to buy and your FUJIFILM FinePix HS10 was on the list but, so was the Nikon Coolpix S8000 and S8100 models. I guess it comes down to what you plan to use it for. Thanks again. Tim :)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thanks Mark for all you did. Tim ;)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thanks Dookie. :)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Awesome pictures. Thanks Tim :)
  • Weekend WarriorWeekend Warrior Posts: 1,702
    My pleasure. B) ;)
  • Chuck222Chuck222 Posts: 67
    My two cents. I have several digital cameras. I have the SLR type (Canon) with interchangeable lenses. It stays in the camera bag most of the time because it's overkill for most purposes. I have a "pocket" digital camera (Lumix LX-3) which is somewhat limited in its zoom range (approx 24 - 60 mm) but has a very fast Leica lens which means you can shoot with available light (no flash) in most circumstances. I use this frequently.

    That said, the camera I use the most is the one I always have in my pocket. It's a 5 megapixel camera and it takes remarkable pictures. It's the camera that comes with my iPhone 4. The camera applications available make this a very compelling alternative to carrying around a camera. I transfer the pictures to the computer with an application called "Transfer" which allows me to upload my keepers to "the cloud" and then to my computer; no memory cards, cable or card reader required. It's pretty much a no-brainer in my opinion.

    Not trying to get into a iPhone versus Blackberry versus Android discussion. Or get into a debate about digital cameras. Just saying what works for me, hope this helps.

    Attached is a sample of a picture that I took with my iPhone:


    Chuck L.
  • ibandaibanda Posts: 549
    Went through this decision last summer. I went for the middle ground between the $100 slim pocket cameras and the SLRs. Paid about $350 for a Panasonic Lumix with Zeiss glass. IMHO lots of folks get caught up in megapixels and don't think about good glass. It will fit in my pocket although it is not slim. I generally don't have it with me unless I am on vacation.

    I decided to go ahead and get a nicer pocket camera rather than a slim $120 one because I thought I would upgrade my phone soon. I recently got a blackberry torch for a phone and have been impressed with the pictures it takes, and it's in my pocket all the time.
    "Bacon tastes gooood, pork chops taste gooood." - Vincent Vega, Pulp Fiction
    Small and Large BGE in Oklahoma City.
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thanks Chuck. :)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thank you for your input. Tim :)
  • 2Fategghead2Fategghead Posts: 9,623
    Thank you everybody. I have a lot of studying to do and in the mean time my Kodak Z740 is still working. I'm not going to pull the trigger just yet. I also have a friend who is looking for a pocket camera as well and I will pass this info along to him as well. Thanks again. Tim
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