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03-27-2008, 09:27 PM   #136
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My backup P&S is film. A Pentax 120SW with a 28-120mm zoom on the front. I call it "Pinocchio" and if you ever saw one in operation you would know why. It's our "just in case" camera.

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My backup P&S is a Panasonic TZ1. Best travellers camera I could find. 30-300mm equivalent zoom in a pocketable package. Very fast startup and cycle time for a P&S and doesn't draw attention. Main drawback is no optical viewfinder.
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Canon Ixus 750 with broken flash. Actually the reason I bought my K100D, as a new superzoom or P&S would cost too much compared to the actual worth, as the Ixus did work except for the flash.

Pretty good pictures in good light, ISO higher than 100 is not recommended, though at least they didn't implement the probably horrible options of higher ISOs than 400 (thank God).

Edit: Also known as the Ixus SD550.

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Samsung NV10. haven't used it much but interesting touch interface
cool sometimes, frustrating other times

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I have two actually: Optio 43WR and Fuji FinePix F810

The former is great in harsh shooting conditions although I would have liked it to be faster and have RAW, the latter is sweet: fast and excellent picture quality at base ISO (and it has RAW.)
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I recently bought a K10D so I guess my compact has become my backup. It's an Olympus mu 810. I have some great pictures from when I visited Hong Kong with that camera among lots of other great pictures. Unfortunately I burned them all on a DVD I can't find at the moment.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jgredline Quote
As much as I wanted to buy a Pentax P&S, I wanted something good. Just yesterday, I received my Canon G9, but please don't hold it against me .






The sand and duck's shadow are real noisy, I'm guessing the shadow threw off the camera's judgment, probably shot with a higher ISO than needed. The rest look ok to me.
04-29-2008, 12:53 PM   #143
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Canon A710 until ....

I left it in the seat back pouch on an American flight Friday last. I'm hoping to hear from lost and found at American. This is a wilful suspension of disbelief.

After a weekend of research, I'll probably replace it evemtually with the A720 (current version) for:

- Optical image stabilization (shaky hands - why I have the K10D)
- Viewfinder that is poor but much better than none at all (low/bright ambient light, easy to brace arms against chest for longer exposure - see above, easy to find objects in flight)
- Compact size (largish pocket seems to hold it fine)
- Decent range of focal length (35 - 210)
- Very creditable manual options for a compact P&S. Fun without lugging a DLSR about.

It's the only camera I've found with all five required capabilities.

Oh, and I see nothing wrong with image quality for a P&S. Reviews are essentially: dull and really quite competent. I match half of that description.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Fl_Gulfer Quote
I have the Olympus C 750 UZ. It's a great little camera with a 10x zoom, as you can read from Steve's Review.

Overall, the Olympus C-750 UZ is an excellent camera. It has the "better than average" image quality that we have come to expect from Olympus cameras. The overall color balance, saturation and sharpness is excellent. At an MSRP of $699 it is a very good value; the extra resolution, built-in flash hot shoe and included remote control justify the $100 premium over the C-740. As we stated earlier, your telephoto shots will benefit from using a monopod or tripod, and you should include one in your kit if you plan to fully exploit the 380mm focal length of the high-quality lens. We are quite pleased with this camera and are sure that a great many others will be too.


Same camera here! I am not sure, but maybe I've had it for 5 years... dunno.. but I definitely didnt pay $700! Still works great and thats the camera I usually take with me on my bike trips.. well... now with the K10d this may change!


It is indeed a GREAT small (compared to a real SLR) camera... but only outdoors and enough light!



other than that, I have a Canon SD1000 for pocket use... very compact and great for some club pictures and videos!
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My main camera is a K20D .
I have a Pentax Optio 550 as backup camera. A very reliable petty but slow compact. It has served me well for almost five years.
I also have a Canon PowerShot S2 IS who also serves as a videocamera.
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The sand and duck's shadow are real noisy, I'm guessing the shadow threw off the camera's judgment, probably shot with a higher ISO than needed. The rest look ok to me.
Actually, it is not sand. It is on the walking pavement. It is not noise.
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Samsung NV10. Great compact camera with excellent build quality. Optics are good.
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I finally made a choice regarding a back up point and shoot camera. I decided to go with a Nikon P5100.

Yes, it's slow, but not really any slower than every other $100-$300 point-and-shoot. I think Nikon got hit with a "slow" talk in the various online forums and camera magazines because the burst performance stinks and it's such a great camera that you notice the sluggish point-and-shoot performance even more.

For me, the final issue came down to picture quality, price, size, and features.

The P5100 has some of the nicest files I've seen from any point and shoot. Yes, you can create a horrible image with the P5100, but you can also create stunning images that look almost as good as a DSLR image at 8x10 and smaller.

The price is right ... $280 compared to the closest competition (a Canon G9 at more than $400!!!).

The size of the P5100 is nice and small (small enough to fit in a jacket pocket or loose jeans) yet it has a great grip.

The P5100 also has VR, decent high ISO performance, a good lens, and a hot shoe. Although I probably won't use a hot shoe flash with the tiny P5100, it's nice to know I can if I want to.
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Got a Fuji F50fd for 89$ the other day this will be my p&s backup. I think the low light capabilities match the situations i would be in without my SLR the most.
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Panasonic lumix tz3. Gotta love that little leica lens!
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