A&P what's a good SMALL digital camera i can buy?

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  1. jigga

    jigga while your gun's raisin, mine is blazin

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    what's a good SMALL digital camera i can buy?
    i'm not a professional photographer. just need something to take pics with from time to time.

    I'd prefer something small so i can fit it into my pocket and preferably something less than $200.

    can you guys help me out?
     
  2. adamlewis88

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    Canon SD1200 IS
     
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    Nikon D50. Can use almost all lenses and costs around 275 on used market. One of maybe only 4 SLRS ever made that can flash synch above 1/250. No modern SLR can.
     
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    I have an sd890 is that works well for a small point and shoot.
     
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    #1 All modern SLRs can sync above 250. In-fact, all modern SLRs can sync up to their maximum shutter speed.
    #2 How does having an x-sync higher than 1/250 help the normal person?
    #3 How does a D50 fit in your pocket?

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    go to best buy or wherever and pick out whichever Canon P&S comes in at $200

    SD1200is or something similar.
     
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    SD1200 is gonna be the winner here.
     
  9. jigga

    jigga while your gun's raisin, mine is blazin

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    thanks for the suggestions so far guys!

    all that technical mumbo jumbo, i'm good without it! im sure any canon/nikon would be good!
     
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    Keiphus my dog eats bears

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    I see a lot of threads where people are getting the black bars from using too high a speed, what are they doing wrong? I use nikon CLS so I have no problems at any speed, but Ive been afraid to get into a set of ab's or elinchroms (sp?) because I dont want to be trapped at under 1/250
     
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    anyone who gives you a specific camera and/or model is 100% sackriding. Go to store, test, shoot, buy, enjoy.

    Brands to typically stay away from are Kodak, HP, Olympus and pretty much any off brand you haven't heard of.
     
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    Theyre using theire flash past the camera's x-sync. An x-sync is the fastest speed that the shutter can operate while leaving the entire sensor unexposed at the same time.

    Modern SLRs actually have two shutters that travel vertically down the sensor. One goes down and lets light hit the sensor and then the other goes down and covers it. In fact, at very high speeds, the sensor is never exposed all at once but you actually get just a narrow slit of light that travels across the sensor as the covering curtain trails very close to the opening curtain. After the x-sync speed, the covering curtain will start to cover the sensor before the opening curtain is done. This results in that black bar. The black bar is where the covering curtain has started to cover the sensor and has blocked light coming from a flash.

    Using high speed sync solves this problem by actually emitting a series of very fast flash pulses. Despite the misleading name, it is actually lengthening the flash duration so that the sensor is exposed during the whole time of shutter operation.

    Make sense?

    If youre getting a black band, you need to slow down your shutter speed or change the method that youre triggering your flash with. Certain triggers will allow you to get higher sync speeds than others. Traditionally, a wire would result in the fastest speeds, but now the new PocketWizards will give you even faster results (almost 1 stop faster actually).
     
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    Im not sackriding. He wants a good, small camera for less than $200. The SD1200 is good, its small, and its less than 200...
     
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    Not all. I've been pretty happy with the 3 canon powershots i've owned in the past image quality wise, but my wife bought a cheap nikon for her parents recently and it was just complete garbage. I'd try to stick to the upper end of what you can afford. Even the good companies can make some pretty awful low end stuff. I'm sure canon also makes some terrible 120 dollar camera like that nikon was.
     
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    The funny thing is though, I don't think I've seen a recent Canon compact that had bad image quality. Even the cheapest A-series Powershots like my A570 IS that I got for $80 look near as dammit the same as what you can get out of a G10.

    The short version is that Canon's SD series has been pretty universally recognized as owning the ultracompact segment for some time now. With few exceptions they are the smallest, and with no exceptions they produce the nicest images.
     
  17. twinturboteddy

    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    Okay fine, you can't do it *without* propriety equipment.

    pechango is right. Try out whatever works for you despite whatever brand it is.

    I'm not sack riding, someone asked, I suggested.
     
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    twinturboteddy Bling Bling!

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    Well said.
     
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    Proprietary

    And you actually CAN do it with the new Pocket Wizards..so..yeah..
     
  21. Cesium

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    I agree; just didn't want to look like I was sackriding Canon. :)
     
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    He was talking about photo equipment that auto-corrects for nipple slips.





    This thread has gone way off track.
     
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    Why the fuck would you want it to correct for that :hsugh:
     
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    It's made by a specialty division, Scriptural Canon. ...ok, I got nothin
     
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