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Old Feb 9, 2005, 6:54 PM   #1
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Here's what I would like:
pocketable (no bigger than the Sony V1, for example)
possible to get it for under $100 to 150 (maybe $200) on ebay from a reputable seller
willing to lose a megapixel (I don't expect to be printing bigger than 4x6, but I may do a little cropping) - 2 megapixels would probably be fine
a larger sensor (if possible - I want it less dense so ISO 400 will be fairly usable)
a faster lens (F/2.0 would be nice at wideangle)
willing to lose most of the zoom (probably 90mm to 108mm would be fine)
would like very short shutter lag including powering on the camera (or very low battery draw when camera is waiting to take a shot), focusing, and shooting
would like to be able to get decent pics in low light - for example properly exposed, 1/60" to 1/125" shutter speed in a room lit by a couple 60-watt incandescent bulbs
would prefer AA or AAA batteries, but willing to explore other options
Would prefer CF (but willing to explore other options so long as a card that takes at least 80 to 100 pics at highest resolution lowest compression (not including raw/tiff) is less than $20 at a store
also willing to lose most of the movie mode (but a high speed burst mode and/or continuous shooting mode would be nice)
Nightshot feature that works in daylight would be nice

So what is there that fits the bill?
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Old Feb 9, 2005, 8:30 PM   #2
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I got an old Fuji MX1200. Want it? Oh wait, it might be worth something someday...

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Old Feb 9, 2005, 10:22 PM   #3
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I bought a Minolta Dimage X20 about a year ago and it is a good pocket camera.

It a 2mp and went for $140 with shipping, should be much cheaper now.
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Old Feb 9, 2005, 11:49 PM   #4
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how well do those cameras do at the highest ISO ratings?

Also, if I didn't mention it in my post, I do want semi and/or full manual modes - ability to set aperture and shutter speed and ISO manually, and manual focus would be nice.

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Also, is there a cheap (<$50) "camera" with, say, 1.3 megapixels of resolution, that is super small, doesn't look like a camera (so I won't get told "Hey! AUGH!! Don't take a picture of me!!"), and can get a 1/60" shutter speed with decent results in average indoor conditions?
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Old Feb 12, 2005, 1:38 AM   #5
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Ok... I did a little bit of looking around..

What do you guys think of the following cameras (especially for fast shutter indoor no-flash photography)?

Canon S30
Fuji F700
Nikon 880
Nikon 990
Sony DSC-V1 (I don't like memory stick but nightshot feature would be nice)
Toshiba PDR-M81 (stops down to F/4.8 at telephoto but ISO 400 looks super clean from a couple samples I've seen)

Is there ANY camera that's comparable size that will open up to F/2.0? The Canons and Olympus's are too big. The Sony and Nikon 880 are at the upper end of the size limit.
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Old Feb 12, 2005, 6:01 AM   #6
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I don't really know about the selections you list, But I would like a similar type for the wife, looking at the Contax SL300RT* or ur4, very different design and very small.

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