Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Which compact camera?
People often ask me which camera I recommend. I've often said "the cheapest Canon with optical stabilization will do most people very well". I've expanded a little, last week I wrote to Paul who had asked:
I would appreciate your comments/recommendation with regard to what Compact Digital Camera do you recommend me to buy? I will use it for trips and probably end up having it inside my car to be used for those "moments".
If it’s not too big or expensive, my current favorite compact-ish camera is the Fuji X10.
Smaller, but very capable, is the Canon S100.
If you want cheaper, get any Canon compact, only make sure it has optical stabilization.
After a little back and forth, he wrote today:
I just got the Canon S100. I'm impressed: size, weight, overall quality and so far the photos are first rate. I know nowadays is hard to be amazed by technology but WOW! ... how is it possible to manufacture and deliver this camera for less than $400?!
I had the intention of buying also the Fuji X10 because of their similar characteristics, but after using the Canon S100, I concluded that for the time being this is the perfect camera for me, and I can't imagine a better Price-Size-Weight-Quality relationship.
Thanks for recommending this camera.
I agree, it’s an amazing camera. It pretty much has it all, in a tiny quality package. (It really is only cigarette-pack sized.) (If I remember right. It's been many years since I held a pack of cigarettes.)
And it feels good in the hand too, even better than the S90 (for which I bought a grip).
If you have this, you don’t need the Fuji X10, except if you do a lot of low-light work, or the small size of the Canon is fiddly to you.
This is a testimonial not only to Canon's prowess, but to how far the camera industry has come, for today I would say that today it's actually hard to buy a camera which you won't be happy with, if only you've given a little thought to what size and capabilities you wanted.