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Looking for best pocket-sized camera when it comes to noise at low light
Hi,.

I've found throughout the years that a large majority of photos I take, with a P&S, are in situations where lighting isn't perfect. I've got a Panasonic LX1 (it's not really a pocket camera, the lens sticking out gets in the way), and while an excellent camera (takes great photos in daylight), it's terrible when not in perfect light..

I need something I can stick in my pocket (smaller is better, at the store the Canon SD series, Fujifilm F/Z series, and so forth looked great.).

I also need something that'll take relatively noise-free photographs in bad lighting. I don't expect perfection, I realize there's only so much you can do with a small P&S, but I'm curious what the "best" is now. Fuji used to be well known for the low light photos, but I'm hearing lately that's not the case anymore. I realize post-processing can resolve some noise issues, but I don't like the blurring that adds to the photos. I *have* to use it with my LX1, I'd prefer a camera where it wasn't a required step..

Well, I'd very much appreciate any advice/pointers you can give me, so I have a direction to research in..

Thank you kindly,David.

PS - If there's a P&S that'll also do automatic multiple-exposure shots, that I could later use to pull details out of shadows without blowing out other portions of the image, that'd be cool too. This isn't as big of a concern for me as the noise, though. ..

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I suppose the Fuji F100 is still a bit better than the competition for high ISO low-noise shots. But not that much better than the equivalent camera. There are other Fujis, but their possible slight advantage in low light may not be worth other tradeoffs..

Unless you could get hold of an old Fuji F31fd, the king of high ISO in compacts, you may as well accept that some noise is inevitable..

I know that Panasonic's compacts do auto-bracketing, but you'd have to check the detailed spec sheets for other manufacturers..

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Comment #1

Ormandj wrote:.

Hi,.

I've found throughout the years that a large majority of photos Itake, with a P&S, are in situations where lighting isn't perfect.I've got a Panasonic LX1 (it's not really a pocket camera, the lenssticking out gets in the way), and while an excellent camera (takesgreat photos in daylight), it's terrible when not in perfect light..

I need something I can stick in my pocket (smaller is better, at thestore the Canon SD series, Fujifilm F/Z series, and so forth lookedgreat.).

I also need something that'll take relatively noise-free photographsin bad lighting. I don't expect perfection, I realize there's only somuch you can do with a small P&S, but I'm curious what the "best" isnow. Fuji used to be well known for the low light photos, but I'mhearing lately that's not the case anymore. I realize post-processingcan resolve some noise issues, but I don't like the blurring thatadds to the photos. I *have* to use it with my LX1, I'd prefer acamera where it wasn't a required step..

Well, I'd very much appreciate any advice/pointers you can give me,so I have a direction to research in..

Thank you kindly,David.

PS - If there's a P&S that'll also do automatic multiple-exposureshots, that I could later use to pull details out of shadows withoutblowing out other portions of the image, that'd be cool too. Thisisn't as big of a concern for me as the noise, though. .

Depends on what you mean by pocketable..

Its winter here now and I have no problem with a K100d or IST*D dslr in one jacket pocket (with a body cap) and lens or two in others..

I have been taking my K100d with one or two primes out this way a few times lately.with the smallest pancake lens mounted would still fit..

I am big and my jeans pockets are big and can fit a IST*D at least in that as well though a bit of a lump....not something I would do often though (jeans pocket)..

There are a few other small dslrs that would be pocketable at least in winter or when it's cold..

Other wise I would still look for one of the older fujis..

Nwil..

Comment #2

DSLRs (any type) won't work in Texas, in a pocket. When I say pocket-sized, I mean something that'd fit in a front pocket of a pair of pants, and when I say pants, I mean something you could wear to work (not some super-baggy monsters.) Notice the size of the P&S models I was making comparisons to, none are even close to DSLR sizes..

Thank you for the input, though. ..

Comment #3

Fuji F40 (but no I.S.), Fuji F100fd (better value overall, I.S., wide angle), Nikon S700, S550 (Images are grainy but less color noise. However performance might be on slower side), Casio z200 (fast, grainy images at hgiher ISOs but holds on to details, wide angle with I.S.)..

Ormandj wrote:.

DSLRs (any type) won't work in Texas, in a pocket. When I saypocket-sized, I mean something that'd fit in a front pocket of a pairof pants, and when I say pants, I mean something you could wear towork (not some super-baggy monsters.) Notice the size of the P&Smodels I was making comparisons to, none are even close to DSLR sizes..

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Comment #4

Look on spec sheets and go for ones with lower megapixels and larger sensor sizesDaniel..

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