It's been a while since I purchased an ultracompact camera. I need asimple point and shoot that's reliable and FAST. what is the fastestultracompact camera that is also a good camera? I was looking atNikon s550 or 600 but reviews seem mixed. I've had a canon but Iheard they are some of the slowest. casio was mentioned, but I'm notsure how I feel about casio..
Canon are amongst the fastest, so I'm not sure where you heard they were slow. They'll be better all-round cameras than the Nikons you mention..
Canon's Ixus/Elph cameras are the default choice for size, speed and image quality. There are a variety of models to choose from - I'd recommend getting one with 'IS' in the name so you get an image stabiliser..
Sony's 'W' series cameras are pretty good too. Look at the W150/W170..
Casio make some fast little cameras, but they don't ususally quite match the best from Canon and don't usually have the optical image stabilisers that other brands have now..
Your other choice is from Panasonic. Have a look at the FS and FX range, all with wide-angle lenses and image stabilisers. The FX35 even takes HD video..
The panasonic looks almost too good gto be true. Is it fast as well?..
The panasonic looks almost too good gto be true. Is it fast as well?.
As fast as any of it's rivals.http://www.dcresource.com has a review..
Thanks for your help. As soon as I can budget for it, I'll be buying it ...
Just a vote for the Casio Exilim Z series. I've got one, and it is the perfect pocket or purse camera. Just turn it on and take a picture. I'm really happy with the IQ and the video looks 90% as good as my miniDV camcorder at VGA 30FPS. They do have models with Image stabalizer as well, if that is important to you...
I've got an S600 and so I'll try and be impartial offer you some advice..
Ultra-compact and lightweigtGood quality 2.7" screenGood range of focussing modes including manual focusReasonably good startup timeGood IQ.
Fiddly controls if you have large handsFocussing times can be problematic depending on the sceneWrite to card times very average.
Compared to the Canon models you have the advantage of the 28mm wide angle with low barrel distortion. It's a beautiful piece of kit with a good build quality, aesthetics are admittedly are a matter of opinion. I've taken some great shots and printed to A4 size with exceptional quality. The VR works flawlessly and the ISO performance is pretty good. CA is minimal and will probably be slightly more pronounced with Canon models but they will be probably pr.oduce marginally better IQ, you'll have to weigh up which is more preferrable..
Whilst not perhaps the fastest performing compact it is otherwise a great camera. For me personnaly the ultra compact size and wide angle lens won through...