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Old 01-07-06, 09:26 AM
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Tiny digital camera recommendations?

I'm looking for a VERY small, lightweight digital camera to keep in my pocket or wedge while cycling.

I live in God's country (that's Indiana if you didn't know )and there are a lot of times when I want to snap a wildlife or beautiful sunrise/sunset shot.

I'm more concerned about low cost and small size, rather than uber-pixels. What are folks using and recommending?

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I have a Che-ez Foz II that I got from geeks.com when I was looking for a small camera for my kayak. It is about the size of a credit card and you can get a waterproof case for it. Camera and case are about $80. 2 mega pixels. Also there are lots of 640x480 cameras for about $15.
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without a doubt, the Pentax 5/6 MP Optio WP, waterproof digital camera, is a very strong contender. Mine cost under $300, it takes 26 minutes of video at highest resolution on a 1GB SD card. Did I mention it's waterproof and about the size of a pack of Virginia Slims?

I think its the best one for active folk like bicyclists. i'm going to pull some pics real quick and toss them up....
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Here's another great review site:
http://www.imaging-resource.com/

Beware of camera's that are too small - the controls are hard to use if they all fit under one finger....

I used to use a Nikon CoolPiz 2100. It was ok, and fit well in my jersey pocket. It's long gone, and I just did the same dance you're doing - looking for a suitable replacement. My buddy has a 4mp Canon A-520, and he loves it. The one problem I noticed with these cameras is that after riding a while, they come out of the pocket covered in moisture/condensation. That, and the lens protection shutter blades tend to stick half open after regular use. This is annoying as you won't notice it until you look at the photo and see the black masking that is the result. So I started looking for a water proof/resistant model that didn't have plastic "wiper" blades over the lens.

After lenghty consideration, I went for the Olympus Stylus 600. Water resistant, metal casing, huge BRIGHT LCD, 6mp, and about the size of a cigarette pack. 3x optical zoom and ultra macro. And the lens cover is a hard disk that retracts.

I don't have it in my hands yet - it is enroute from the vendor. Paid $239 shipped.
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I wanted the same, so over Christmas I (after reading reviews and checking out pictures on www.imaging-resource.com ) got the Fujifilm Finepix A345. I picked up on sale at Christmas for about $120. 4 mexapixel, 3x optical zoom, takes xD cards (same as my main camera, Olympus Camedia C-765).

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My camera is a (now) old Canon S110, 2.1MP. It snaps good pictures but is by no means professional grade. It's tiny but heavier than the new cameras on the market today, so it will weigh down a jersey pocket, probably best for a backpack or whatnot.
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I use a tiny Phillips 2 mega pixel camera to take MTBing not as great as a proper camera but super handy as it is the size of a thumb drive and has a 300 shot memory and a pivoting lens cover that acts as an on off switch and is close to bullet proof.
It came from ebay super cheap. This link is the same camera. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...lance&n=172282
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I got a new digital camera a few months ago. I wanted a small one, but I also didn't want to spend a lot. I do geology field work and wanted a camera for that, that was inexpensive enough that if I dropped it in a canyon, I'd just say "Oops!" I also wanted no moving parts and one that takes AA batteries.

I got an Olympus Camedia D-425. Easy to use, takes great pics. It's about $130. 4x digital zoom, which is plenty for most things. I also got a 512mb card for it and it holds 5300 photos on the lowest quality.
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I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX8 to take with me when I am on the bike, kayaking, and hiking. It has 5 megapixels , 3X optical lense and image stabilization. The stabilization comes in handy on a bike in motion. The Leica lense is a plus, also.
It cost me 276 USD for the camera and I bought a 526 meg high speed card for 44 USD.
The fact that it has a beautiful shiny black body had no influence on my purchase decision at all.http://www.bikeforums.net/newreply.php
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I bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX8 to take with me when I am on the bike, kayaking, and hiking. It has 5 megapixels , 3X optical lense and image stabilization. The stabilization comes in handy on a bike in motion. The Leica lense is a plus, also.
It cost me 276 USD for the camera and I bought a 526 meg high speed card for 44 USD.
The fact that it has a beautiful shiny black body had no influence on my purchase decision at all.
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I've been using a Minolta DiMage X for the past four years and have been pretty happy with it. It's pretty thin and compact. The optical zooming lens does not protrude from the body so it doesn't snag on anything when I draw it out of my jersey pockets on the move. That combined with fast startup time allows me to take shots using one hand while moving. I am now pretty accomplished at performing a one-handed Ninja-style draw, switch-on, shoot, return while riding. My camera is only a 2MP model but newer versions go up to 6MP and 8MP I believe. Another camera which has similar capabilities is the Sony T-series. They're generally a bit more expensive though.
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When my wife upgraded her digital camera she gave me her old 1.3 megapixel Sanyo. Apart from being a bit heavier than many of the new cameras I think it is about perfect for your purposes. No zoom mechanism to get screwed up through dropping or vibration. Plenty of pictures can be stored on CF card. 4 AA batteries which are available anywhere. My daughter has a 2 megapixel Canon which is very similar in features (or lack of).
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im using a Canon Powershot SD500, i like it quite a lot, pretty small
http://usera.imagecave.com/SteveFox/Biking_Pics/
theres the link to my pics that ive taken with it. they are pretty big pics though sorry.

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I've a Concord EyeQ 1.3MP. Fairly small, very light, gets a good runtime on 2 AA alcalines and can be fed lithiums for double the runtime, up to 2X electronic zoom, smart flash, can shoot video sans sound, has enough internal flash memory for 30+ high res shots and can be upgraded with a memory card. USB upload interface compatible with Macs and windows (with driver). Not a bad little cam, considering the less than $100 pricetag. It's not waterproof, but I've put it in a ziplock bag to protect it.
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there was one on skymall.com (can't recall the name) that was tiny but could also have telefoto lenses attached to it
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about any of the small casio exilums are good, i had one and not the best image quality but worth it for the tiny size
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Originally Posted by librarian
I have a Che-ez Foz II that I got from geeks.com when I was looking for a small camera for my kayak. It is about the size of a credit card and you can get a waterproof case for it. Camera and case are about $80. 2 mega pixels. Also there are lots of 640x480 cameras for about $15.
Well, I purchased one of these cameras. I really like the form factor and it's simple to use and straight forward. I picked it and the case up for under $50 from the Sharper Image store on ebay.

I'm a little disappointed with the image quality and the fact that it's really slow to download images. However, for the price, these limitations are certainly acceptable.

Thanks all for the advice!
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Originally Posted by Dewbert
Well, I purchased one of these cameras. I really like the form factor and it's simple to use and straight forward. I picked it and the case up for under $50 from the Sharper Image store on ebay.

I'm a little disappointed with the image quality and the fact that it's really slow to download images. However, for the price, these limitations are certainly acceptable.

Thanks all for the advice!

OK. I retract!!!! It died after about a week. I loved this little camera and it died.....drat drat drat!!!!!!!
Back to the drawing board
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Originally Posted by Dewbert
OK. I retract!!!! It died after about a week. I loved this little camera and it died.....drat drat drat!!!!!!!
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It just died or did you drop it or something? I've dropped my DiMage X several times. One time, I had just snapped off a few pictures and was going to put it back in my jersey but missed the pocket. It hit the road while I was doing 20MPH and clattered around on the pavement. I grabbed my brake levers and turned around to retrieve it. It only had a couple of scratches on the case... tough little thing.

One feature that you might also want to consider in a camera for cycling is one that has some sort of rapid-fire or continuous shooting setting. This is typically a setting that will allow the camera to go "full-auto" and take as many pictures as fast as it can while you hold down the shutter release. This is great for those times when you don't have an opportunity to be careful about framing and composing the shot such as shooting on the move. Just squeeze the button and go back later to delete the pictures that didn't come out. My camera will capture about 2fps at max resolution (1280x960) and a little faster if I drop to a lower resolution (3 to 4 fps at 640x480). The DiMage X1 will capture 0.5fps at max resolution (3264 x 2448) with anti-shake and 10fps at 640x480 with anti-shake. It also has a feature called Ultra High Speed Progressive where one squeeze of the shutter will capture 1.5 seconds into a buffer which amounts to about 15 frames at 640x480. This buffer will then get written to storage. While 640x480 seems small, it's good enough for posting to webpages and even small pictures (3x5 or 4x6).
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Originally Posted by khuon
It just died or did you drop it or something? I've dropped my DiMage X several times. One time, I had just snapped off a few pictures and was going to put it back in my jersey but missed the pocket. It hit the road while I was doing 20MPH and clattered around on the pavement. I grabbed my brake levers and turned around to retrieve it. It only had a couple of scratches on the case... tough little thing.

One feature that you might also want to consider in a camera for cycling is one that has some sort of rapid-fire or continuous shooting setting. This is typically a setting that will allow the camera to go "full-auto" and take as many pictures as fast as it can while you hold down the shutter release. This is great for those times when you don't have an opportunity to be careful about framing and composing the shot such as shooting on the move. Just squeeze the button and go back later to delete the pictures that didn't come out. My camera will capture about 2fps at max resolution (1280x960) and a little faster if I drop to a lower resolution (3 to 4 fps at 640x480). The DiMage X1 will capture 0.5fps at max resolution (3264 x 2448) with anti-shake and 10fps at 640x480 with anti-shake. It also has a feature called Ultra High Speed Progressive where one squeeze of the shutter will capture 1.5 seconds into a buffer which amounts to about 15 frames at 640x480. This buffer will then get written to storage. While 640x480 seems small, it's good enough for posting to webpages and even small pictures (3x5 or 4x6).

Nah, I didn't break it....I was just reviewing pix and it died. I figured it was batteries, but it won't take a charge, light it's LED or give any other indication that it's taking power. It's a USB device and the PC won't recognize it. Just dead.

But on the brighter side: I bought it from the Sharper Image store on Ebay and they've already emailed me a return UPS label and are giving me a full refund. They've been very good in this matter.
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You say you are interested in low cost and small size, but not sure what your actual budget is. I second the Pentax Optio. They rock. Mine goes everywhere with me, and fits in an Altoids tin. I pop the Altoids tin into a small Crumpler John Thursday bag and velcro it to the handlebars.

I have the S5N (5 MP) but there is a newer model out now, the S5Z. It's $219 from Amazon, for example. Only downside is these aren't waterproof like Bek's model.
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You say you are interested in low cost and small size, but not sure what your actual budget is. I second the Pentax Optio. They rock. Mine goes everywhere with me, and fits in an Altoids tin. I pop the Altoids tin into a small Crumpler John Thursday bag and velcro it to the handlebars.

I have the S5N (5 MP) but there is a newer model out now, the S5Z. It's $219 from Amazon, for example. Only downside is these aren't waterproof like Bek's model.
Well, I haven't exactly set a budget, but I was hoping to stay between $100 and $150 bucks....again, not looking for something to take portraiture....just some nice scenic snapshots when I ride. At the moment, I've spent all my extra bucks buying jerseys on ebay, so I'll have to save up some more "mad money" and start looking again in a few weeks.
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i think for senic snapshots, it's more important to have higher megapixels than if you were doing simple portraitures.
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Originally Posted by Dewbert
Well, I haven't exactly set a budget, but I was hoping to stay between $100 and $150 bucks....again, not looking for something to take portraiture....just some nice scenic snapshots when I ride. At the moment, I've spent all my extra bucks buying jerseys on ebay, so I'll have to save up some more "mad money" and start looking again in a few weeks.
I just bought a Sony s40 at Walmart for $128.99. This camera will not last long at this low price. This Sony is 4.1 megapixel and has Carl Ziess lenses. I have been waiting a long time for the price to come down and could not pass this deal up. If you have to save up this deal may be gone.
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I think that is an *excellent* camera for the money. I looked at it for a friend who was in the market. Here are some reviews:

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I hope the OP can get one before they're gone!
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