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Good afternoon MTBR,

My Sony T1 has served me well for almost three years, but just recently quit working. Its been repaired twice and has seen a very hard life and its time to move on. So the question now is...

Whats the best ultra compact on the market for action and/or outdoor shots?

I've been looking into the Canon SD800 IS. Seems small enough for my tiny Lowepro case, image stabilization, the same size screen (2.5") that I'm used to, wide lens, and has the new chip.

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelDetailAct&fcategoryid=145&modelid=14227

If anyone has a suggestion for a better camera let me know. I'm open to everything and know very little about cameras other than point and click.

Thanks,

-Turd
 

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I recently purchased the SD800 IS. I love it so far. I went from carrying around my Olympus C-8080 big/heavy point and shoot to carrying around this little camera on my shoulder strap. I can carry it all day and not mind if I don't take a shot :) It's been a good camera. The image swap function is really cool. Everything works. Photos do get grainy at higher ISO settings, but I've had good luck indoors at night (though if it's bright and the flash goes off, faces can get washed out) and great outdoor shots. No problem with action photos. Haven't really tried movies yet. Also, the multi-shots are great. It will take endless photos in rapid succession.
 

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I just picked up the SD600IS. Great camera. I haevn't played with many settings but so far I like it. Also i found Newegg.com to have the best deals. Good luck
 

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Canon SD800 IS

I got a Canon SD800 IS a couple weeks ago and it is very nice. Almost instant on and immediately ready for a photo. Virtually no shutter lag (for a P&S), a true wide angle lens (28 mm equivalent). High ISO's are quite good. Good in low light, good burst mode. At 7.1 mega-pixels, plenty of room to crop. Only minor complaint is it's kind of thin and difficult to hold.
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TurdSandwich said:
Good afternoon MTBR,

My Sony T1 has served me well for almost three years, but just recently quit working. Its been repaired twice and has seen a very hard life and its time to move on. So the question now is...

Whats the best ultra compact on the market for action and/or outdoor shots?

I've been looking into the Canon SD800 IS. Seems small enough for my tiny Lowepro case, image stabilization, the same size screen (2.5") that I'm used to, wide lens, and has the new chip.

http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelDetailAct&fcategoryid=145&modelid=14227

If anyone has a suggestion for a better camera let me know. I'm open to everything and know very little about cameras other than point and click.

Thanks,

-Turd
Damn, the SD800 IS is a sweet camera. Last year, I almost bought the SD600 IS , and ended up going with the Panasonic FX-01, since it was $200 cheaper, and had the wide angle lens. You may want to check out the Panasonic models. After 2 canons, I've been impressed with the Panasonic.
 

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I have the Coolpix S3 by Nikon and find it to be very nice, highly portable and easy to interface to my Mac. I have 3 batteries and gig memory card. I holds about 250 full res 6 meg pictures. It is not good for night time photography - or I should say, I cannot figure out how to get a good shot at night. Since you had the S1 you might like to look back into the Coolpix Nikon line, which is much expanded and improved since the S1 (which I also had but lost).
 

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Another vote for the SD800 IS. Although it's called the 850 IS in Europe and Asia.
I got one last month and it's great. Picture quality is fantastic, easy to use, image stabilization works, the face recognition for focal point feature really works well.
The online reviews bagged the flash and it's red eye reduction feature - but I like it as it uses an orange LED for red eye and then one flash to take the picture (unlike those annoying cameras that do a flash pause and then flash again fooling the subject into thinking that the shot was taken on the first flash).
The red eye reduction works well provided the subject is looking straight at the camera.
It's all a moot point anyway as the Canon software removes red eye in the picture really easily anyway.

The Video quality is also great and the cammera is small/light enough to bolt to the top of you helmet. I haven't tried that yet, but plan to soon. The hope is that the image stabilization will help with helmet cam footage.
A 4G memory card gives you about 30 minutes of Video time - less than others, but that's because the sound quality is better than some of the similar offerings.
 

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I have the Olympus 720SW. The SW is for shock and water proof. Photos are good for a P&S, a little over exposed some reviews say, but the body is made from one piece of aluminum, so you can drop it to a hard surface from 5 feet with no issue, (it will scratch but the camera will operate fine). You can also submerge it for up to 10 feet for like an hour or something. I have some cool underwater shots of my kid at the pool, just jump in and shoot.
I have a little soft shell case no bigger than the camera, I just throw it in my pack and ride.
 

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Know that this is not a brand that people normally associate with high quality mini cameras, but the Casio EX-Z600 is really a nice camera. Originally picked it up for a trip since old digital camera was not up to the task. Spent several weeks checking reviews at dpreview.com before making the purchase as well. Wife hated the new camera till she used it now I can't get it back.
 

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I had a SD400 and it is probably going to be replaced with an SD800IS. The Canon has taken a beating - gone everywhere I have and still turned out great pics.
 

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Looks like I'm going to have to pick up the Canon SD800 IS later this week. :thumbsup:

Thanks again to all that replied,

-Turd:cornut:
 
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