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What is the best compact on the market for outdoors?
With a flood of new models, which one do you like and why? Looking for fast/accurate focus, good image quality, accurate colors and small enough to fit in your pocket without pulling your pants down. Price isn't an issue...

Comments (7)

For fast and small I would include the Sony W-series. They just replaced that line with new issues, which haven't been tested yet. So hard to say which of them would be "best"..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #1

Honestly, there are so many good (and bad) cameras on the market that work well in good light that it simply gets down to features and controls..

If you want to play it safe then get a Canon, Sony or Panasonic that has good ergonomics and an intuitive menu system. Many of their models also have an optical viewfinder which is obviously very helpful for outdoor use when you can't see the LCD..

Just avoid models fighting the megapixel war. Stick to 7 or 8 megapixels for the following reasons:.

1. Lower noise2. Faster shot to shot times3. Smaller files4. Better dynamic range.

Read camera reviews in 'dpreview' and 'imaging resource'..

Cheers..

Comment #2

Rocklobster wrote:.

Honestly, there are so many good (and bad) cameras on the market thatwork well in good light that it simply gets down to features andcontrols..

If you want to play it safe then get a Canon, Sony or Panasonic thathas good ergonomics and an intuitive menu system. Many of theirmodels also have an optical viewfinder which is obviously veryhelpful for outdoor use when you can't see the LCD..

Just avoid models fighting the megapixel war. Stick to 7 or 8megapixels for the following reasons:.

1. Lower noise2. Faster shot to shot times3. Smaller files4. Better dynamic range.

Read camera reviews in 'dpreview' and 'imaging resource'..

Cheers.

Good advise, I agree.both on the optical viewfinder (v.important) and lower megapixels.Rgds..

Comment #3

Electronics view finder is even better as optical one always has parallex error, causing serious problem when shooting near....

Agree that dynamic range and shooting lag is very important...

Comment #4

I might get a little flack, but what about the Olympus Stylus 790 SW?It's a rugged little guy....

On the question of image quality... that's a whole other topic for me...

Comment #5

Well I heard the Olympus SWs had rather poor image quality... Isn't that true of the 790SW?.

My 720SW surely isn't high on image quality, but rugged and compact... yes amazingly so....

If you don't care about a waterproof feature and ruggedness... the Olympus SWs probably aren't the way to go....

I'd check out the Canon Forum on this site... people there seem to like most of those P&Ss..

(btw: no intention of flack intended).

Olympus 720SW.

Canon S5-IS (with Promaster 7500EDF flash, .45x Wide Angle Lens, Lensmate 58mm adapter, various filters)Sony HandyCam DVD DVR-105..

Comment #6

I agree that an EVF is better even though there are some bad ones and DSLR users poo-poo then for lack of brightness and clarity. But the big advantage is that you are seeing what the CCD 'sees' ('livewiew' in DSLR-speak) although some have a delay..

The EVF in my S6500 is dull and grainy and I cannot ever hope to manually focus using it but it updates at 60fps and gives me an accurate measure of exposure to check for blown highlights in those difficult backlit by sky shots..

Cheers..

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