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Compact P&S w/ full manual control?
Is there a reputable compact point and shoot camera with full manual controls? I am hoping to spend about $200-$275. The Canon G9 is out of my price range, and the Canon S5 (I think that is what it is called) is too bulky. I currently have a 30D but am in need for a small point and shoot to carry around when the DSLR isn't practical. The only camera that I have found was the Lumix LZ10 or LZ8, but they both got average reviews from what I have read. Are there others?.

Thanks..

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Dc81 wrote:.

Is there a reputable compact point and shoot camera with full manualcontrols? I am hoping to spend about $200-$275. The Canon G9 is outof my price range, and the Canon S5 (I think that is what it iscalled) is too bulky. I currently have a 30D but am in need for asmall point and shoot to carry around when the DSLR isn't practical.The only camera that I have found was the Lumix LZ10 or LZ8, but theyboth got average reviews from what I have read. Are there others?.

Thanks.

If the S5 is too bulky you might want to look at the slightly smaller Canon SX100http://www.dpreview.com/news/0708/07082004canonsx100is.asp.

Not as many manual controls but it may be enough.

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/w-photos/full resolution Canon S5 video http://www.filefactory.com/file/8e57cf..

Comment #1

Canon A570IS (4x), A720IS(6x), A650IS (6x with swivel LCD, SX100IS (10x)..

Nikon P60 (5x zoom, EVF), Kodak Z1275 (5x zoom, 12MP), Fuji F50fd (A/S priority modes).

Dc81 wrote:.

Is there a reputable compact point and shoot camera with full manualcontrols? I am hoping to spend about $200-$275. The Canon G9 is outof my price range, and the Canon S5 (I think that is what it iscalled) is too bulky. I currently have a 30D but am in need for asmall point and shoot to carry around when the DSLR isn't practical.The only camera that I have found was the Lumix LZ10 or LZ8, but theyboth got average reviews from what I have read. Are there others?.

Thanks.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

Comment #2

It is Kodak z1285 (not 1275). Kodak 1085IS,.

Ajay0612 wrote:.

Canon A570IS (4x), A720IS(6x), A650IS (6x with swivel LCD, SX100IS(10x).Nikon P60 (5x zoom, EVF), Kodak Z1275 (5x zoom, 12MP), Fuji F50fd(A/S priority modes).

Dc81 wrote:.

Is there a reputable compact point and shoot camera with full manualcontrols? I am hoping to spend about $200-$275. The Canon G9 is outof my price range, and the Canon S5 (I think that is what it iscalled) is too bulky. I currently have a 30D but am in need for asmall point and shoot to carry around when the DSLR isn't practical.The only camera that I have found was the Lumix LZ10 or LZ8, but theyboth got average reviews from what I have read. Are there others?.

Thanks.

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time..

Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time...

Comment #3

There's the Panasonic FX500 too, though it's a bit beyond your price range. I think the Casio EX-V8 also has manual controls, though I could be wrong. The Ricoh R8 lets you select the smallest aperture, which is pretty clever  it's really the only manual control a small camera can take advantage of. Most ultra compacts don't have manual controls because they wouldn't make any difference to the photos. Scene modes take care of situations like night shots and sports..

A slightly bigger camera like the Canon A590IS at least means a bigger lens assembly and a choice of apertures (really tiny cameras usually just have two, and sometimes even that's false because the second aperture choice is the same size hole as the first with an ND filter brought into play), making manual controls more useful. Not that you can exactly control depth of field. But perhaps it's more shutter speed you interested in controlling?.

Androohttp://Androo.smugmug.com..

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Ajay0612 wrote:.

Canon A570IS (4x), A720IS(6x), A650IS (6x with swivel LCD, SX100IS(10x).Nikon P60 (5x zoom, EVF), Kodak Z1275 (5x zoom, 12MP), Fuji F50fd(A/S priority modes)Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612Thanks for your time..

Good start. Add Nikon P5100, Sony H3, H10, W300, and several by Samsung..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #5

Since when Sony H3/H10 or Nikon P60 have full manual control?.

They are one aperture cameras and the M mode allows you to change only two apertures (wide open and wide open with ND filter). So it's an overstatement that they have "full" control.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

Comment #6

Very good point on the aperture limitations. I really wish the camera reviews would always check for this. But even with only a couple of choices, this form of control is still quicker and easier to work with that playing games with "scene" settings..

Kelly..

Comment #7

I agree that even with a limited range of choices the M mode is better than a scene mode because you can control at least two parameters (ISO speed and shutter speed) properly.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

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Dc81 wrote:.

Is there a reputable compact point and shoot camera with full manualcontrols? I am hoping to spend about $200-$275. The Canon G9 is outof my price range, and the Canon S5 (I think that is what it iscalled) is too bulky. I currently have a 30D but am in need for asmall point and shoot to carry around when the DSLR isn't practical.The only camera that I have found was the Lumix LZ10 or LZ8, but theyboth got average reviews from what I have read. Are there others?.

When evaluating the candidate cameras, do remember that A-perture priority is pretty much a waste of time, because all apertures exhibit very similar DoF in the tiny sensors of compacts....... and most often it's too much, of course!Regards,Baz..

Comment #9

Fair point Baz. With sooooo many compact models on the market it seems like SOMEBODY out there would offer us an f/2.0 lens. But nope, not even close. Sad, sad, sad..

Kelly..

Comment #10

Is DOF all aperture is about? I thought the A mode also lets you select the lens "sweetspot" for sharp images. And gives you slightly higher flexibility in controlling exposure. Even on compacts..

Dan..

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