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1. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

I know this question has been asked like a million times! And l have trailed through some old threads BUT l want a new compact camera - something handbag sized that l can easily carry - my dslr is slightly bulky to take out of a night!

Budget around - £100-200 not set in stone! I just want decent quality and zoom ability. Nothing over complicated, but perhaps it would be good to be slim line if possible and sturdy too!!

Any suggestions?

Cheers

Heather

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

A Canon Ixus model which is 1-2 years old should fit perfectly.
*does a feature search at dpreview*
Yeah, the Canon Ixus 800 IS (called the PowerShot SD700 IS in the USA) has a rating of "highly recommended" (the highest dpreview ever gives out), and had a price at introduction of £290, so should have a street price easily within your range now (you might need to shop around a bit to find it though). It has optical image stabilization, and is a 6 megapixel camera, which means that it is less noisy (delivering better pictures) than some of the higher megapixel successors. (Then again, if you can find an Ixus 850 IS or 950 IS within your budget, those'd be worth getting, too.) Zoom on these ixuses is 'only' 4x, but that should do for just a super compact for a night out like this.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 26, 2008, at 11:02 AM by Sander ]

3. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Ah - bit out of the price range Sander - on Amazon its coming in at £364 on pricerunner lm getting it about £280.

if this was my only camera then yeah maybe, but for the purpose l want it for - using on nights out with friends etc l really dont want to spend that kind of cash for the chance of it getting damaged or lost!

Any other suggestions?

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 8y

hi heather

how about a pentax optio -its a good make and they are dinky enough to fit in your bag comfortably but sturdy too. to give you a rough idea of prices:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pentax-Optio-S6-Digital-Camera/dp/B000BB37HG/ref=pd_sbs_ce_title_5

and there are some cheaper models on this page too

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pentax-S5i-Digital-Camera-Optical/dp/B00031ZE3O

i took one (an earlier model but very similar) away on my round the world trip and it did me proud for 2 years until it fell in the river in Laos :(

5. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 8y

Im considering this one.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-Coolpix-P50-Digital-Camera/dp/B000VJ0BZO/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1204124086&sr=1-6

It gets great reviews. I like the wide angle which means you get the whole scene in those tiny rooms you try to take a picture of.

Big 8.1 mega pixals, although someone reports it as "loud"

Good manual and auto ranges.

Movie modes.

I like that it runs on AA batteries, (easy to purchase). If your Lithium rechargeable batteries go dead in the middle of Thailand, not much chance of finding somewhere to recharge them.

Seems like any of these cameras is a compromise somewhere, but this one is a great price for what it is.

6. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Quoting Dodger

Im considering this one.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-Coolpix-P50-Digital-Camera/dp/B000VJ0BZO/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1204124086&sr=1-6

It gets great reviews. I like the wide angle which means you get the whole scene in those tiny rooms you try to take a picture of.

Big 8.1 mega pixals, although someone reports it as "loud"

Good manual and auto ranges.

Movie modes.

I like that it runs on AA batteries, (easy to purchase). If your Lithium rechargeable batteries go dead in the middle of Thailand, not much chance of finding somewhere to recharge them.

Seems like any of these cameras is a compromise somewhere, but this one is a great price for what it is.

Oh l am way too picky!! This one too bulky for what l want, and l would prefer the lithium battery as opposed to AA batteries.

Im looking at this one SONY CYBERSHOT

Whats people think?

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

Quoting Purdy

Ah - bit out of the price range Sander - on Amazon its coming in at £364 on pricerunner lm getting it about £280.

Heh, figures I'd pick one just one generation too old so the only shops still selling it are super expensive.
Try a newer model like the Canon Ixus 860 IS (£194.75) or the Canon Ixus 950 IS (£185.95). (dpreview review of the latter; not quite as highly recommended as the earlier model, but still managing to procure as "highly recommended" badge)

I'd recommend staying away from Sony.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 27, 2008, at 9:35 AM by Sander ]

8. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 8y

Quoting Purdy

Quoting Dodger

Im considering this one.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-Coolpix-P50-Digital-Camera/dp/B000VJ0BZO/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1204124086&sr=1-6

It gets great reviews. I like the wide angle which means you get the whole scene in those tiny rooms you try to take a picture of.

Big 8.1 mega pixals, although someone reports it as "loud"

Good manual and auto ranges.

Movie modes.

I like that it runs on AA batteries, (easy to purchase). If your Lithium rechargeable batteries go dead in the middle of Thailand, not much chance of finding somewhere to recharge them.

Seems like any of these cameras is a compromise somewhere, but this one is a great price for what it is.

Oh l am way too picky!! This one too bulky for what l want, and l would prefer the lithium battery as opposed to AA batteries.

Im looking at this one SONY CYBERSHOT

Whats people think?

Yup that Nikon is a bit bulky.

Why do you want the Lithium? I imagine for size/weight? from researching a bit more, it seems the battery technology is better now and the lithiums last a little longer, but if your using the movie feature or have the screen running, your still going to drain the battery pretty quick, but then again, I guess there arnt that many places these days that you cant plug in and re charge.

Screen is big on that sony! I remember seeing it at the store now.

9. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 8y

Quoting Sander

Quoting Purdy

Ah - bit out of the price range Sander - on Amazon its coming in at £364 on pricerunner lm getting it about £280.

Heh, figures I'd pick one just one generation too old so the only shops still selling it are super expensive.
Try a newer model like the Canon Ixus 860 IS (£194.75) or the Canon Ixus 950 IS (£185.95). (dpreview review of the latter; not quite as highly recommended as the earlier model, but still managing to procure as "highly recommended" badge)

I'd recommend staying away from Sony.

Ok can you tell us why youd stay away from Sony.

10. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

I want the slim line compact camera more for nights out and photographing people rather than places - l have a Nikon D40 DSLR for other photography.

I would suspect that for what l intend using the camera for lm probably still spending too much at £200

My colleague in work has a fujifilm compact (cant remember model!) which is a lithium battery and it lasts for ages and ages so perfect for what l want a camera for!

I looking more at the sony not as for the capabilities of the camera but more cos its rather sleek!! How awful is that!!