/ Camera reommendation / TG1 review
-Taking action shots i.e. folk climbing/falling off
-Photos in the dark.
-Use without a tripod
I currently using a 3.2 MP Phone camera:
• For photos of subjects which 2-5 metres away, it meets my needs.
• For subjects further away, a zoom would be nice
• For Landscape shots, the fine detail is rather lacking. I tend to stitch 4-5 shots together, which look fine on Facebook etc, but not when blown up.
• In low light/darkness it’s terrible, images are very grainy indeed, with very poor saturation.
The main thing I’m after is compactness and ease of use. So it needs to easily fit in my pocket, and be ready to shoot as soon as I pull it out. So I’m guessing that means I need either a compact with a decent lens, or a system camera which has an integrated flash and slim line standard lens ?
Is that right?
Does anything else meet my requirements?
I’ve been looking at the Olympus TG-1 which seems to meet my needs, as it’s pretty small, and you can strap on a fish-eye and a telephoto lens.
I’m not sure I actually need the waterproof/shockproof/Bear Grills proof/GPS features it comes with, but they’re all ‘nice to haves.’
Is there anything else I should be considering (my budget is <£350 for the camera, flash and a basic zoom lens?
Does anyone have a TG-1?
IMHO wide angle and tele strap-ons are probably not worth the considerable extra expense and hassle. If you want a bigger zoom just get a superzoom to start with.
I followed lemmings advice and got a 2nd hand canon s90 for £150, it's about as small as you can go while keeping image quality high. I love it, and the s95 and s100 are probably even better.
While I heartily support Lytro and their research, I think a lot of work needs to be done yet. The camera just doesn't have the resolution needed and is a bit of a one trick pony. I supect their next camera will be a game changer.
Have you GOT a Lytro? I'd be interested to see some photos taken by someone not involved on the Lytro research/marketing team!
As far as I know you can't buy them in the UK yet - I want one to play around with!
That's what I thought, but then I don't know where tspoon81 is based!
I like the look of the Lumix DMC-TZ30. In particular, the "touch to focus" feature, and the continuous shooting rate u(pto 10 shots per second).
Should I consider any other options? (as stated above, I don't need GPS, and 10x optical zoom are probably sufficient).
I got a Canon S95 off amazon last week for £199.95, great camera at a really good price.
Sure, I'll take other cameras when I'm specifically out doing photography but if I'm going off to do something else I'll pop it in my pocket just in case.
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