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  • #568917
    Rico in AZ
    559 Posts

    So, it’s summer (though some of you haven’t stopped snow sliding!), and I guess it’s ok for some inane talk.

    I’m getting hitched in August, and at least one good thing is that my fiance gave me the thumbs up to get a new camera, she says mainly for the honeymoon to Panama. But I’m stoked, ‘cuz the new camera will also my winter camera too.
    So, anyone who wants to rave about their super sweet, high res, ultra functional, compact, packable camera, please let me know about it. Thanks!

    #596791
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Kill 2 birds with one stone. Buy one of the new HD video cameras and it will take nice still pics too. Ask Mr. BCR about his Canon HV10 , or the HV20 or the Sony HDR-HC7.
    If the new wife dont like the price tell her you want to capture what will be the best week, or two weeks of your life

    #596792
    Yoda
    264 Posts

    Cannon SD800 IS !!!
    7.1 mega pixels, image stabilizer and one of only a few compact cameras available with a wide-angle lens. Many different custom options built in as well for getting the right shot. I also like that it has a occular view-finder (in addition to the LCD)… good for when it’s cold and/or you need to save battery life.

    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=145&modelid=14227

    #596793
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    And always buy from these guys if you want the best price.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/

    I have been buying a lot of stuff there lately and I can tell you cheapest place around. easy to return the stuff if you are not satisfied also

    #596794
    mmcpheet
    98 Posts

    @tex wrote:

    And always buy from these guys if you want the best price.

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/

    I have been buying a lot of stuff there lately and I can tell you cheapest place around. easy to return the stuff if you are not satisfied also

    Seconded on BH, they have replaced broken equipment without a hassle.
    I have and like the portability of the Canon SD630, no view finder though, only lcd which can be tough to find a person in a blanket of white.

    @yoda wrote:

    occular view-finder

    +2 for uncommon word usage
    -1 for spelling 😉

    #596795
    nothingmuch
    358 Posts

    my d200 is so compact, you only need one more bag to carry it. You get a 12-24 lens for actiony things, and 18-200 for everything else, at under 10 lb, and all this for just $3000.

    #596796
    brg
    141 Posts

    I just bought a kodak Z712, I am very happy with my decision. First it has a 12x optical zoom, which allows you to fill the frame from yards away of the action. It has an LCD screen and LCD viewfinder I wish it was comlete optical. It also has a fair level of control built into it, shutter speed and apature adjustment, to increase depth and field and capture motion. I believe I can put a wide angle lens on it. it was about $300 and does most things I want. Short of an SLR for a grand plus I think its where its at. With the high zoom and is not the smallest but it is pretty compact.

    #596797
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Panama??? You wouldnt happen to be going Surfing on this trip are you??? If so Im green with envy. Nice point breaks ,nobody out 100 degree air 85 degree water…..hell thats as good as a powder day … almost

    #596798
    Rico in AZ
    559 Posts

    8) Yes, Tex, I am going surfing! You see, back in the day, I grew up surfing not far from SD, before moving to the desert and getting addicted to snowboarding. Back then, I always wanted to surf the warm central America waves, and get out of that F***ing wetsuit!
    Check this out: http://www.panamasurftours.com/
    I won’t be surfing much, I’m pretty sure Mrs. ricorides won’t allow that!

    Thanks everyone for the tips, keep it coming!

    #596799
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    OH you lucky dog. I been wanting to surf Catalina for years. Remeber reading about it and Nicaraugau back when the Sandanistas were in control. Enjoy sir.

    #596800
    Yoda
    264 Posts

    If you’re possibly goin’ to surf, you should check out this camera – http://www.goprocamera.com

    I saw the picture quality demostrated at a tradeshow and walked away very impressed. 😀

    P.S. Pardon my ocular spelling goof. 😉

    #596801
    snownskate
    140 Posts

    I have a very similar camera to brg, a Panasonic, DMC-FZ8. The camera took great shots, very quick action sequences, and a nice big 12x optical zoom. The problem? It’s a wuss. It recently got a little damp and has since refused to turn on….pretty unacceptable for a camera that I intended to use for the BC. I’ve gotten my Ipod, cell, and other digi cam soaked with no problems. I can’t recommend a Panasonic for this reason. My Pentax has been bomber through every kind of condition.

    #596802
    jcocci
    699 Posts

    For my small camera I’ve got a Nikon Coolpix P2. I love it. It takes great photos and is small and lightweight. Its got great panoramic assist built which I love as I am always taking panoramic shots. It only has an LCD screen, no viewfinder, which I thought I wouldn’t like, but its not bad really. It also takes a proprietary battery which I know some people don’t like and would rather have something would also take AA batteries. I bought two spare batteries on ebay for like $15 for the both of them so having extra batteries has never been a problem. I have done a week long back pack trip with the 3 batteries and no problems at all.

    #596803
    SanFrantastico
    1514 Posts

    I have a Pentax Optio WP, which the WP stands for waterproof. It’s small and bomber and I like the camera. You can take underwater and surf shots with it.

    But lately I’ve been wishing for a polarizing filter on it. Does anyone out there (Yoda) have any idea if there is a compact digital digital camera with a polarizer out there anywhere?

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #596804
    Rico in AZ
    559 Posts

    Ok, and what does everyone think about their shutter speed (and by shutter speed, I mean the delay between the button and the shutter)? Mine sucks, many missed face shots and cliff drops.

    Thanks guys!

    #596805
    nothingmuch
    358 Posts

    That’s not shutter speed, that’s the delay between the shutter release and the shutter. Most pocket cameras are better about this nowadays, but if you really want to binge that’s partly why I got mine ;-).

    This also relates to autofocus speed (the motor driving the lens elements, as well as the unit figuring out the focus). One way to get around this is to use a longer exposure (e.g. 1/60 or 1/100) and a small aperture (f/8-16 or so), to increase the depth of field, and then twiddle the camera settings to prioritise exposure to autofocus (e.g. take the shot even if it might be out of focus). Chances are with that aperture it’ll still look sharp.

    These are difficult questions to ask a sales rep, but see if you can ask about that if you’re concerned about action shots.

    Typically a continuous mode will work roughly the same (prioritising taking the shot over autofocusing), so try just switching the camera to continuous mode before an action sequence, even if it’s just for one exposure.

    #596806
    jimw
    1420 Posts

    Yeah, what he said. Whenever I’m taking action shots I try to “prepare” the camera… with point & shoot cameras this is typically this is done by aiming at something near where the shot will occur, and pushing the shutter button halfway down. This will cause it to calculate the exposure and focus. You can then see if the exposure is going to be off and manually correct it first. Anyway, once the camera is prepared for the shot this way, then you just sit there with the button halfway down, and as you’re moving around as the subject comes into view the camera isn’t going crazy trying to recalculate things… when you’re ready for the shot just press the shutter button the rest of the way, and it should take the shot pretty much instantly.

    Same thing for continuous mode – prep the camera first so that the exposure and focus are right for the first shot; it should use the same settings for all shots while the shutter is engaged.

    As far as camera recommendations, I’ve been using the Canon SD cameras for a while now, and I love them. Currently using an SD600. Great shots, and extremely portable. It’s got a nice big screen, and it’s tiny – you can put it just about anywhere and always have easy access to it. Lately I’ve been using one of the color presets called “vivid color” which seems to work well for outdoor photos, but even on the normal auto settings it takes great pics. It does have pretty decent manual control as well. For pics with lots of snow, sometimes the exposure can get screwed up, so you can either set it manually, or focus on a different area with less snow (like the sky), push the shutter button halfway to lock in the exposure, and repoint at the original target.

    The only downsides I’ve found:

    – The screen can get scratched pretty easily. You can get protective covers, but those tend to reflect a lot more light making it difficult to use in the sun. The screen is also pretty fragile, it’s easy to crack it or otherwise mess it up if you hit it on something (this is true of all LCD’s though). A good case is a good idea.

    – It’s not waterproof. I’ve dropped it in the snow a few times, and it still works fine. You can get a waterproof overcase for it, but that is mainly intended for underwater shooting. It adds a lot to the size so you probably wouldn’t want to use it in the bc.

    I also finally rigged up something to keep from losing it in the snow. You know those ski ticket holders with the retractable cord that you tie to the ticket? I attached one of those to the pack hip belt, and tied in the camera wrist strap to the end of the retractable cord. That way, you can still lift the camera wherever you need to because of the retractable cord, but if you drop it, it won’t go tumbling down to the bottom of the hill. For the camera itself I put it in this iPod case which I can put on the hip belt of my pack. That way it’s always accessible. I’ll see if I can take a pic of the setup.

    Oh yeah, buy a couple extra batteries on ebay. Way cheaper than the retail replacement batteries, and the battery will inevitably die right when you’re about to get the perfect shot. That little iPod case has an extra pocket in it which I use for an extra battery and SD card.

    #596807
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    I wish I had the patience to learn how to use the camera I do own and to actually stop and take photos…especially on the decent. 😥 😥

    #596808
    jimw
    1420 Posts

    @jimw wrote:

    I also finally rigged up something to keep from losing it in the snow. You know those ski ticket holders with the retractable cord that you tie to the ticket? I attached one of those to the pack hip belt, and tied in the camera wrist strap to the end of the retractable cord. That way, you can still lift the camera wherever you need to because of the retractable cord, but if you drop it, it won’t go tumbling down to the bottom of the hill. For the camera itself I put it in this iPod case which I can put on the hip belt of my pack. That way it’s always accessible. I’ll see if I can take a pic of the setup.

    Here’s a pic of that contraption (kinda tricky to take with the camera attached to it! :)):

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