Best low light point-and-shoot pocket camera?
I am looking to always carry a camera in my pocket to make sure I can always get the picture, and most of the time am indoors or it is night time. Most of the reviews I read show that the small sensor cameras start tanking higher than ISO 200, but it is hard for me to get a roundup of them with the information I need..

Anyone have experience with a camera they either love or hate?.

The only qualification is that it must be less than 1 inch thick so I can put it in my pants pocket..

(I already have a Nikon D80 so I don't need it to fill the higher end photos I want to take.).

Thanks in advance..


Comments (6)

Id go with a canon sd1000 or a sony dsc-w80.

Im pretty sure any ultra compact isnt gonna look too great over iso200, the sony and the canon will look at least decent at 400, and great at 200... not to mention small and decently priced. the canon is actually smaller, and the camera I have...

Comment #1

The Fuji F31fd or F20, if you can find one, will suit your needs. The F31 is sometime available on eBay but at ridiculous prices. The F20 can ocasionally be found new at overstock/liquidator websites for a reasonable price. had some F20s about a week ago or so..

JohnPentax *ist-D, K100D, Fuji F20/31fd, Oly Stylus

Comment #2

John Glover wrote:.

The Fuji F31fd or F20, if you can find one, will suit your needs.The F31 is sometime available on eBay but at ridiculous prices. TheF20 can ocasionally be found new at overstock/liquidator websites fora reasonable price. had some F20s about a week ago orso..

Agree, ....and Fuji set the bar on low light indoor performance with the F31 but it's discontinued and has gone for $500 and up used on eBay..

The F20 is another contender but has been upgraded with the F40 which takes xD and SD cards and a separate battery charger which are major pluses. The F20's battery is charged through the camera body. Users of both say the IQ of the F40 is better and can be found at great prices. The SD card option and charger was the deal breaker for me.........Regards,Hank..

Comment #3

Fuji F20, F30 or F31 all have the same sensor and perform as well as any camera in low light ( more precisely they have relatively low noise compared with other small sensors )..

I try and use it on auto(400) with flash for indoor shots. I've tried natural mode ( no flash and raises ISO as far as it likes ) and various semi-manual settings, but in the end auto(400) and flash is pretty consistent and safe. At up to 400 there is basically no noise in snaps and quality is good for reasonably sized prints..

Apart from that it's generally good as a compact..

Battery life is very good and they are small and light..

They use xD cards, which is a downside, but it does not affect performance significantly..

I have an E900. This is not quite up to the F3x standards but is still quite good. It has full manual and RAW and exposure bracketing ( which the others don't ). It lacks an auto(400) setting or similar, but you do have full manual control if you want it..

Unfortunately all the above are starting to disappear..

The F50fd might be an option. It seems to be rather like an F30 for output quality ( and by this I mean the output looks no better or worse than the F30 output scaled up ! ). It has IS ans uses SD cards, which is a good attraction..


Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #4

Thanks for all the feedback too bad people are so hung up on megapixels that they don't realize that a) it can really decrease quality and b) It makes pictures unnecessarily big. I downsample images 95% of the time..

I will see if I can dig up on those Fuji's...

Comment #5

Lot of choices. e.g..

Canon SD950IS, 870IS (both have OVF too. good to have in low light or for action shots). 870IS is with wide-angle lens.Nikon S700, S510..

And last but not least: Canon TX1 - Pocket superzoom with fabulous movie mode and good enough IQ..

All these camera will give you acceptable 8"x10" photos at ISO800. All these have I.S. too..

Davco9200 wrote:.

I downsampleimages 95% of the time..

I will see if I can dig up on those Fuji's..

Best Wishes, Ajay

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