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I'd like to use a camera to "document" every-day moments in my life. I want to post these shots on my weblog at 640x480 pixels..

I'm not concerned about the quality of the photo, in fact I'm looking for something that looks a little "gritty". I would shoot in low light conditions and would like a camera that can pick up a decent amount of detail without a flash..

Most importantly, these photos would taken in public places. I would like to maintain a low profile and not obviously be taking photos. These are not "up-the-skirt" shots. I want to capture common moments in life without making people self-conscious..

I'm looked for a mini digital camera and would like some advice..

I tried the Aiptek Pen Camera, but I did not like it. It has a very loud beep when it takes a picture and a woefully short battery life. It also was incompatible with my Macintosh..

Is there anything out there to recommend?..

Comments (5)

I don't think you're going to find anything that you like with the $9.99 keychain cams. So I suggest you look at the current crop of ultra-compacts. At 7+ MP, you can reduce or crop to 640x480 and get a decent pic. I'm familiar with the Casio lineup, and they're delightfully small, but they are by no means low-light cams. The current low-light champs are the Fuji compact lineup, but I don't think they have any ultra-compacts. Good luck..

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Try a good mobile ( = cell ) phone with a camera. They are unobtrusive and quality is adequate. They also don't add anything to your own weight if you already carry a phone..

Having said that compact cameras are so common that it's hardly something you even notice now when people use a camera. An F30 would hardly even raise a comment..

Bare in mind that there is a distinction in most legal systems between the right to take a photograph and the right to publish a photograph. You should also note that photographing inside a building on on private grounds means you need permission from the owners and/or tenants. Ownership and copyright are a whole other thing..

StephenG.

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AgateKing wrote:.

I'm not concerned about the quality of the photo, in fact I'm lookingfor something that looks a little "gritty". I would shoot in lowlight conditions and would like a camera that can pick up a decentamount of detail without a flash..

How much you r ready to spend? $200 budget will give you many options. e.g. Nikon L15 (AA batt, I.S.), S510 (Steel body). These produce grainy images in low light (without flash) but capture lot of details..

Most importantly, these photos would taken in public places. I wouldlike to maintain a low profile and not obviously be taking photos.These are not "up-the-skirt" shots. I want to capture common momentsin life without making people self-conscious..

Then ponder whether a camera with swivel LCD is of help. e.g. Canon TX1 (7MP, 10x zoom, swivel LCD). Or Nikon S10 (10x zoom, 6MP with I.S.).Best Wishes, Ajayhttp://picasaweb.google.com/ajay0612..

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I appreciate the time taken to help me in my quest. Thanks for all of your good advice!..

Comment #4

I don't think you're going to find anything that you like with the $9.99 keychain cams..

The keychain camera I see everywhere under many different names is the Argus DCM-099. I figured it was a cheap experiment, one I couldn't consider to be much of a loss if it didn't work out not even the cost of a single roll of film plus processing. I wanted something extremely small and light to keep in a jersey pocket on bike tours. (We have a Cannon PowerShot A550, and although it's a great digital camera, it's waaaay too big for this application.).

The tiny camera would only get used outdoors in normal daylight, and the size and weight requirements meant no flash, no graphics LCD, no zoom lens, etc.. Images would only be to post on a blog or to E-mail, never more than 640x480 pixels (about a quarter of a megapixel). Simple, right?.

This camera was advertised as being 640x480 pixels, but it's really only 352x288. Even that would usually have been fine if the lens were worthy of 352x288. Unfortunately the corners are blurry, especially the upper-left. The low-res mode is something like 176x144 which truly is useless, even though you get 80 pictures instead of 20 before it's memory is full..

I could make other criticisms, but it wouldn't be fair considering the low cost. Still, it could be useful, depending on what you want. Since you mentioned the low-light capability, I just took a picture of the disaster on my electronics workbench under the so-so lighting (which is probably not up to OSHA standards) to give you an idea. See below. The color is probably as accurate as can be expected with the fluorescent lighting. The color on outdoor pictures looks pretty natural..

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It comes with software to run under Windows. I use Linux (I have no Microsoft software on this computer) and found the free digiKam software that runs under KDE. This automatically identifies the camera and downloads the pictures as soon as the USB cord is plugged in...

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