Recommendations for a new compact

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by ahelg, Nov 19, 2006.

  1. ahelg

    ahelg TPF Noob!

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    I'm in the market for a new digital compact. It should cost aroun 350 pounds. It should have no less than 6 mp, and it must have manual controll. Chosing aperture and shutter myself.

    As I edit and organize my images on Linux, RAW support is not a requirement as support for this on Linux is not very good, I rarely use it. Tiff support on the other hand would be very welcome.

    I would like around 6x zoom, but more than that usually means involves lens distortion.

    Also being the guy I am, I'd like to do as little editing afterwards as possible, so accurate colour rendition would be nice.

    Any suggestions?

    Size doesn't really matter, as long as it can fit into a jacket pocket.
     
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    I have been shooting with a Samsung NV7 and love it. It takes great photos. The only negatives I read in reviews were about noise. But most of my "Pro" cameras (I make a living at photography) have some level of noise over ISO-400.

    %90 of the photos in this gallery were taken with it.
    http://randywebb.net/photogallery/index.html

    Look for yourself. I'll be happy to answer any question or shoot some specific test shots with it if you like.
     
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    I've been browsing for information about the camera. Just a few questions about the build.

    Does it feel plastic to use? Call me strange, but It's always felt a bit wrong when I hold cameras that are made mostly of plastic materials.

    In the pictures I've seen of it, the lens sticks out quite a bit. How far out does it stick and does it use a lens cap or does it have one built in which covers the lens when you turn it off?
     
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    1) It has a metal construction that feels like it could take a bullet and still function.

    2) It does stick out a little (but it's cuz, the nv10's lens retracts into the camera but only has a 3x zoom and 2 aperature settings) Of the FULL MANUAL point and shoots I have found, the NV7 is still the smallest. The canon G7 has a retracting lens but it is priced almost as high as some DSLRs.

    3) It has a lens cap. There is a little cord that comes with it that you can hook to the camera for keeping up with it.
     

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