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Recommend an ultra compact camera

I've given up on having any photography skill, so I want something that will take the best pictures possible used as a simple 'point and shoot'. It also needs to be as compact as possible, on the basis that we never take our current camera with us anywhere because it's too big - defeating the point somewhat.

Mrs Bazza's family are big fans of the Panasonic TZ range, any of those you'd recommend? TZ20 or 30 perhaps?

ON the other hand, purely on the basis of size, the Canon IXUS 230, 240 or 500 look very good.

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I think if I was going to buy a small camera as
my one and only or main camera then I would
buy an iphone.



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iPhone's good, but no use in low light.

I have a Panasonic TZ8, it rocks, my dad has a TX18, which rocks more. The 10, or 20, or 30 have the GPS that's all. Not worth the extra.
 
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As one of bazza's requisites seems to be not having to
carry much I would go for the phone/camera as you only
have to carry one item.

There are lots of good compact cameras but you would also
have to carry your phone etc etc etc.



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I did suggest to Mrs Bazza, when she queried whether now would be a good time to get one (wedding coming up) that she use her iPhone.

It takes excellent photos, I have to say - where it falls down is when you want to zoom, or when the light levels are low.

I did my own research, as needed to make a purchase pretty quickly. Ended up with the TZ30. Got it, a genuine case, and an 8Gb Sandisk Extreme SD card for £310 - including next morning delivery, and Panasonic have a £35 cashback deal on at the moment too.
Pretty pleased with that having read various reviews, and seen the picture results Cnet were getting using the auto mode.
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I have the TZ9 and I'm very pleased with it. Like you, I have long given up on any ambitions of photographic prowess , so the TZ9 fits the bill for me - excellent (x16) optical zoom, simple to use, pocket sized and the picture quality covers my ineptitude quite nicely .

Not the smallest camera, but I think the extra optical zoom is invaluable.

Good choice Bazza
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For out and about snapping I have a Nikon S9100, it's been fantastic, has full HD video, the largest zoom in it's class (and it's usable with decent image stabilisation) and a useful set of special effects features, one of which I use a lot is the sweep panorama mode.

Picture quality generally good, widest angle is excellent for intimate shots although does bring a little lens aberration in but to be honest in most of my photos I compensate to take this into consideration.

It also has a very fast startup time, switch it on and your ready to shoot almost immediately. It feels good in the hand for a compact and build quality is very good.

I have had one fault which meant the camera had to go back to Nikon to service the lens mechanism but I think that may have been because I switched the camera on accidentally whilst taking it out of it's case and the lens extended whilst still in the case and it didn't like that at all.

There are compacts with better image quality, but as with all compacts there isn't one that does everything well, you will find that you will have to compromise on something, so I compromised on image quality (which to be honest is a tiny compromise when you look at group tests on sites like dpreview.com as they all use the same size sensor, it's the onboard image processing in most cases that lets camera's down) for the humongous zoom capability.

I do wish it would shoot in RAW though.

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I have a Canon Ixus 120is which I bought some time ago. It's very small, very light and easily fits in a pocket. It's by far the smallest camera I have ever owned, yet the picture quality is excellent, even in low light. Because it's so small, I'm far more inclined to take it with me when I go out. I can't imagine every buying a large camera again.
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Thread revival. We are looking for a decent compact for a decent price.

There is an offer on for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ9 for £156 with a memory card and case. As usual when buying any tech I got the reviews but can't seem to work out of this is a good deal or not. As was said earlier they all have a compromise but I'm not sure what I'm getting and what I'm not.

Can anyone help? Is this a decent camera or is there something better we should get?
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Recommend an ultra compact camera

I've got a lumix DMC TZ30. It's bigger, but image quality, battery life, usability etc are utterly awesome. Lumix make good cameras. Can't go wrong I reckon.
 
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Lumix are great. I bought Clare a DMC-FS30 for her work travels & it's excellent
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I still rate the S9100 and its bloody cheap now.
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Lumix are great. I bought Clare a DMC-FS30 for her work travels & it's excellent
I bought Mrs C one of these for Crimbo.
After much looking and trying various types we got this one, i cant help thinking i really choose this one because it has the same the initials as me.
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I have a TZ8 and it is great in good light, not so great in low light.

I did have a Canon Ixus 220HS for a while which used the later type backside illuminated CMOS sensor.

It was significantly better in low light, but compared to a regular CCD sensor images in good light were pretty poor.


It really depends on what you need it for, as it appears there is a compromise to be made, although I would imagine the latest generation of backside illuminated Cmos sensor are better all rounders.
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90% of the pics I take nowadays are with my iPhone 4S. The results are perfectly acceptable, impressive even

I think the saying is the best camera is the one you always have with you.
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I have a TZ8 and it is great in good light, not so great in low light.

I did have a Canon Ixus 220HS for a while which used the later type backside illuminated CMOS sensor.

It was significantly better in low light, but compared to a regular CCD sensor images in good light were pretty poor.


It really depends on what you need it for, as it appears there is a compromise to be made, although I would imagine the latest generation of backside illuminated Cmos sensor are better all rounders.
Basic point and shoot, mainly for family photos but most will probably be in poor lihting conditions, plus the odd scenic view.

You are loosing me in specs. This is the camera spec http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/digit...specifications

I can make sense of computers but cameras are a bit new to me. No idea if this is good or not.
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Also, thanks for all the feedback so far.
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I bought a Nikon 1 J3 yesterday. It's small and it came with 2 lenses. So far the pictures are amazing. I still have to learn how to use it
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Really like the look of the nikon1 but it's out my £200 budget.

I'm asking for a lot for not very much I know.
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