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Manual controls on ultracompact: Too much to ask?
Is it too much to ask? I desperately want a pocketable camera with manual controls. I currently have the Nikon Coolpix P5100 and am in most ways happy with the camera (it's a bit big for "pocketability", but has manual aperture and shutter controls). However it lacks manual focus, which I am finding that I sorely miss. Does such a thing exist?.

I know that the obvious answer is "get a DSLR". My response: Yes but... I need a camera that I can carry around with me in a pocket or at the very least in my backpack. I like to take photos when the situation arises rather than lugging a camera around in search of situations..

Thanks...

Comments (11)

You don't need a smaller camera, you need bigger pockets..

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Comment #1

The manual focus on compact cameras is quite difficult because is made on a low resolution LCD. You may try a Canon A650 if you find it not too big.VictorBucuresti, Romaniahttp://s106.photobucket.com/albums/m268/victor_petcu/http://picasaweb.google.com/teodor.nitica/..

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Starstuff wrote:.

I currently have the Nikon Coolpix P5100 and am inmost ways happy with the camera (it's a bit big for "pocketability",but has manual aperture and shutter controls). However it lacksmanual focus, which I am finding that I sorely miss. Does such athing exist?.

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Comment #3

Any manual focus control for a compact will be a button dance. I thought I needed manual focus and ended up with a Canon S3 IS. The manual control on it did work, but I found that the auto focus was just as accurate. And the auto focus was one heck of a lot faster than me doing the button dance..

That said, a focus lock feature for the auto focus is not too much to ask for. But the typical camera feature descriptions do not bother to look for this. Sorry to say..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #4

EVF resolution is a problem to manual focusing. Target market volume vs price is a problem for the brand.

My 4MP Olympus 750 us is smallish and has MF..

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Comment #5

Starstuff wrote:.

Is it too much to ask?.

No...but it needs to be asked for by a few million people before it's worth making. And the typical ultracompact user wants things nice and auto...

Comment #6

You are just being selfish. Just sit down, be quiet and buy that super skinny 20 gazillion megapixel camera with auto-everthing and no viewfinder that the camera manufacturers have designed just for you..

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Comment #7

KCook wrote:.

Any manual focus control for a compact will be a button dance. Ithought I needed manual focus and ended up with a Canon S3 IS. Themanual control on it did work, but I found that the auto focus wasjust as accurate. And the auto focus was one heck of a lot fasterthan me doing the button dance..

That said, a focus lock feature for the auto focus is not too much toask for. But the typical camera feature descriptions do not botherto look for this. Sorry to say..

Kelly Cook.

Since posting this, I learned how to do this "button dance" with the P5100 and, while imperfect, it actually works pretty well. Ungrateful wretch that I am, I'm *still* hoping to see a prosumer pocketable (ultra)compact that has this capability one of these days, even if it means sacrificing a few million megapixels. Thanks, everyone, for your replies...

Comment #8

We're now seeing more and more compact designs with an i-pod style mode wheel. Where you can spin the wheel with a fingertip for various selections. I wonder if this would work out better for a manual focus control than the usual buttons?.

Kelly..

Comment #9

Have you looked at Casios? Casio EX-V8 has full manual controls (&live histogram) and seems to be otherwise OK..

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