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Old 02-06-05, 05:19 PM   #1
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Digital Cameras

Those of you who carry a digital camera on your rides, what brand and model do you carry. I am looking at one to start carrying on my rides and have no idea where to start looking.
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Old 02-06-05, 05:22 PM   #2
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I have a sony DSC-P100. Its small and takes great pics...which makes it a great camera on the bike...
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Pentax Optio S4i - VERY small and 4 MP. Does stills and movies.
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Nikon 5200. My second digital camera blows the others away, uses a sepcial rechargeable battery so you are not forever changing batteries.
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Digital cameras getting better and better. Even the bottom of the line from each brand are quite good, picture quality wise.
Go visit Dpreview.com, before you decide.

Edit: I still use my old Epson.
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Old 02-06-05, 07:20 PM   #6
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Another good site for digital camera reviews is www.dcresource.com
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I use a Minolta DiMage X. They no longer make that model but there are newer ones with better features. I like that it has a non-protruding optical zoom (internally mounted lens), is fairly small and compact (size of a deck of cards) meaning I can quickdraw it out of my pocket, turn it on and shoot with one hand even while moving (replacing it back in my pocket is just as easy) and stands up to the elements fairly well. It's also pretty rugged. I once dropped it while on a road ride doing 25MPH (misjudged my number plate attached to the back of my jersey for the pocket opening) and aside from a few scratches it was fine.
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I'll probably need to find a better camera bag for riding, but I bring my Nikon D70; whee!
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My trusty Nikon CoolPix 950. Here are a couple taken on last weekend's Long Beach ride (from Whittier & back):
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An HP photosmart 435 and a Motorola V220 camera phone. The camera phone is always with me, and I use the HP on longer rides.
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Does anybody mount the camera on your bike? I was thinking it would be interesting to put a mount on the stem or something, and just periodically take pictures while riding.
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Those little Canon Elph cameras are smaller than a deck of playing cards.
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Those of you who carry a digital camera on your rides, what brand and model do you carry. I am looking at one to start carrying on my rides and have no idea where to start looking.
Don't carry one with on a regular basis, but when I do it's a Nikon CoolPix 3700. Pretty small, big enough base so if you want to take pics with you and your friends actually in them, it's small, but has a broad enough base that you can set it on something - hard to do with the thin card-type cameras. Takes TV-quality video with sound and has a kind of unique sound-actuated shutter release (ala "the clapper" so you don't have to run and stand there waiting for the shutter release). Another thing to think about is what kind of other devices you use that have memory cards. For instance, my Palm uses Secure Digital media, so I can interchange with my camera if emergency overflow is needed, although in the age of cheap 1GB+ cards, this is less of an advantage than it used to be. Best part is that it's 3mp and can be had online for about $130 after rebate. There is a $100 mail-in rebate that some may give as instant rebate and others will make you mail in - I did the mail-in and it was no big deal, check came in reasonable amount of time. 3mp and $130 is good enough quality without worrying excessively about it getting bumped a little in outdoor activities.
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Those little Canon Elph cameras are smaller than a deck of playing cards.
I had an ELPH S400 which I took on the bike quite a bit...it worked great and was easy to stow in a jersey pocket. I ended up selling it to my parents so I could justify the upgrade to a Canon Digital Rebel to my wife... Unfortunately now I can't take the new D-SLR on the bike like I could the ELPH.

I'm wanting the new ELPH line, the SD200 or SD300 which are even THINNER than my previous model and very VERY tiny.

The SD300 has a metal body, so it would be more durable IMO.

http://consumer.usa.canon.com/ir/con...&modelid=10599
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I don't know why the moderators had to move this thread, and other similar threads. If it didn't necessarily fit where it was then I doubt there would have been 13 responses. I mean seriously.....come on
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My trusty Nikon CoolPix 950. Here are a couple taken on last weekend's Long Beach ride (from Whittier & back):
Hey, nice pics... BTW, love that saddlebag of your's. Is that the Pendle?
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I have a Canon SD-20. The thing is slightly smaller than a credit card, about 1/2" thick.
I'd get the olympus though, cause those are water resistant.

Check out www.steves-digicams.com. He has full 14+ page reviews on every digital camera out there along with 10+ comparison shots each.
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I am on my third one. Being a Nikon afficionado I started with a CoolPix 880, then a Coolpix 5000. Both were too slow. The 5000 was better but too complex for my wife to use. I then got a Canon A75. This one is fantastic, easy to use and very fast compared to the earlier cameras. I highly recommend the Canon A series.
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Behold, the Nikon D2H.

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I use Olympus mju 300. I don't remember what the comparable model in North America is. But it's waterproof and pretty compact, so I can bring it anywhere and take pictures while it rains. A tough camera is important in my case.
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Just make sure the camera is small. Too big=you won't carry it. Also make sure it takes good pics while you're moving (or learn to set it so that it does so you can just grab it from your jersey pocket and take a shot). That's one thing I love about my Pentax Optio S4i - they designed it to start up and get ready to shoot a picture as fast as possible. You can set the mode and it'll start up in the mode you set it or in the "green" mode which is the fully automatic mode. You can easily switch from fully auto to your mode with 1 click of a button.

The easier it is for you to get a quick shot the more pictures you'll be taking
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Behold, the Nikon D2H.
That doesn't seem very portable to me.
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I've been using a digital Canon Elph (S230) for a few years now, with nary a complaint. It has led me to purchase lots of other Canon products, and I've never been disappointed. The Elph is small enough to take everywhere, and very rugged (all metal housing). A bit heavy for its size (the word 'dense' comes to mind), but worth it to avoid cheap, plastic housing.

I'd love to get a helmet-mounted still cam with a remote shutter release. My much cheaper second idea is to get the smallest 2MP camera I can find and an equally-small stash bag that can be mounted on the sternum strap of my hydration bag. That way it is always at the ready, and a bit more protected than in a hip pocket.

Bottom line: it's got to be small, or you won't want to take it with you.
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That doesn't seem very portable to me.
I hear it's foldable.
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I have a Canon G3 that I take with me on trail rides fairly frequently, but I am always forgetting to stop to take pictures. The camera is kind of bulky compared to most popular dig cams, but it's what I have and I really like the pictures it takes. Haven't ever taken it on road rides, mostly because it fits best in a Camelpak due to size and it's case.

In a perfect world I would have a Elph and a digital SLR for different purposes.
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