Hi friends, welcome to the hunt for the best compact!
If you're looking for a new compact too, please join and tell your experiences!
As I already stated here:
I am looking for a new compact. Well originally I didn't thought it'd be that hard to find something that suits my needs. My last compact, the Olympus C-460 Zoom, I just bought from the shelf without really caring of what's inside. I just needed a compact with good picture quality for a good price and the store owner convinced me.
Now, that I know how to use the internet's informational power it became quite difficult for me to find a perfect compact and that's why I'm asking for your help...
So what I am looking for is the following:
General: a pocket-sized travel camera. It may have a grip or something, but shouldn't have a DSLR-size (=> no superzoom).
Lens: some kind of wide angle. Doesn't need to be 28mm but should below 35mm with some zoom, at least 3x, 5x would be great.
Sensor: 7MP or more
Sensitivity: should have low ISO settings (below 100) *
Battery: would prefer standard AA
Housing: should be able to stand some raindrops
Prize: around 200EUR
* hm okay, why do I want low ISO-settings while everyone is crying for higher ISO-values? - That's because of my experiences with my old Olympus. I have taken a lot of shots under non-perfect conditions and always got nearly noise-free results. As I saw quite a lot of noisy and grainy pictures in different reviews I investigated a little and found the following:
It seems that my Olympus works like as if the automatic starts with ISO50 and if a longer exposure than 0.5 sec is needed, sensititvity and exposure are turned up to ISO320 and 2sec of exp or so.
That results in quite good picture quality and 'real' use of the 4MP. Now I saw quite a lot of sample pictures from different camera models in reviews and found that they performed quite bad/noisy already under standard conditions (landscape, good weather) and with ISO100.
I compared the pictures to the ones from my camera (I sometimes photographed the same things as the reviewers from the same positions) and realized that they (8MP and 10MP) were not better in detail than mine (4MP). I partly blame that on the high ISO values generally used. I bet that the photos would be better and free of noise and artefacts if they're taken at lower ISO values and longer exposure times. That's why I want a camera that offers lower ISO settings than 100.
What I'd like to know from you now is what compact cameras you're using beside DSLRs to get good results? Maybe you could advise a model?
Thanks and best regards,