What's your P&S camera (for street photography)?

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John A Clark Senior Member • Posts: 1,519
Re: If you can get by without RAW format ...

J A K wrote:

BTW, I'm not
aware of any other P&S camera with a Highly Recommended rating.

The Fuji F31fd and F50 did, and I would assume the F100 will if ever tested.

Trouble with most P&S is they turn into POS moment it gets dark. Fuji's come into their own then.

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Conan Contributing Member • Posts: 750
SD1000 works great

Despite what the noise nancies will tell you, a good shot is rarely ruined by noise.

If you've ever shot high speed film you'll probably be okay with it up to ISO800 and sometimes ISO1600. You do lose a lot of color information at the higher ISO settings, but they still make great black and whites if you play with your tone curves a little. I'd also recommend turning the in-camera sharpness, contrast, and saturation settings to the lowest in the My Colors menu.

The G9 is a great camera also, and RAW ability would be a nice addition just to get away from the in-camera settings, but I find the SD1000 to be adequate for what it is.

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J A K Forum Pro • Posts: 15,833
John, thanks for that information.

John A Clark wrote:

J A K wrote:

BTW, I'm not
aware of any other P&S camera with a Highly Recommended rating.

The Fuji F31fd and F50 did, and I would assume the F100 will if ever
tested.

Trouble with most P&S is they turn into POS moment it gets dark.
Fuji's come into their own then.

I'll keep your post in mind for the future.

Regards,

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Per PN Senior Member • Posts: 1,267
Leica M8. The ultimate street camera.
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Jaimo Regular Member • Posts: 487
Canon SD 850 IS is Excellent

Surprisingly fast-focusing, too.

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1ds MkIII

Results seem adequate:

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suchy Forum Member • Posts: 86
Re: Canon G6 - best G-series ever.

Agreed. I sold my G6 when I rushed out to buy the G9............silly move as I really found the G6 to be a great little camera. Not sure if its the cam or my attitude, but I much prefer the pics that I took with the G6.

bigufe Regular Member • Posts: 283
Re: Leica M8. The ultimate street camera.

Voigtlander Bessa with 35mm f/2 summicron, or Olympus OM2N with Zuiko 28mm f/2
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Brought it a month 40fd release, G10 might change that, n/t
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Fuji F30

Couple of years, thousands of pictures, and still happily clicking away in all kinds of light. The F30 has far exceeded my expectations.

nikhgan Senior Member • Posts: 1,552
Re: What's your P&S camera (for street photography)?

Canon G9. I just received my today. I bought it mainly for street photography.

dpreviewuser wrote:

I have a 5D and want to get a P&S camera for street photography in a
city. I want something more subtle than my 5D+ 17-40mm/24-105mm.

I'm looking at the Canon G9 or SD1100, Samsung NV24, Sigma DP1, or
maybe Olympus E420 with pancake lens.

dave havercamp Forum Member • Posts: 64
Re: If you can get by without RAW format ...

J A K wrote:
BTW, I'm not

aware of any other P&S camera with a Highly Recommended rating.

Canon A720 IS

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/canona720is/

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Canon G9

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Joe Sesto Veteran Member • Posts: 3,084
Honestly, it's the 5D + 35L now...but I'm waiting to see if the G10

(if there will be one) is anything like the Nikon P6000 is rumored to be. I passed on the G9 for reasons others stated above. Really wish it had a 28mm (equiv) wide end, too.

If you want a shirt pocket camera the Sony DSC W300 is interesting, but also limited on the wide end. Haven't seen a full review/test, yet. MR of Luminous Landscape seems to like it.

The SD 870 IS is a good choice (28~105 equiv.), but lacks a VF. It is essentially an upgraded SD 800 IS that has a VF and the Canon Store is selling for $220 today as a refurb.

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Thanks Dave, I appreciate the information. (NT)

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jackkurtz Veteran Member • Posts: 4,598
Re: The g9 -- I second that emotion

I use a G9 as my street camera / back up to a pair of 5D bodies. In good light it's great, noise is an issue at ISO 400 and up.

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Luciano Morpurgo Contributing Member • Posts: 710
Re: The g9

I also use the G9 because it's one of the few compacts with raw capability, and combined with Adobe camera Raw the noise is the least of the problems. I find that it's pretty much "silent" compared to most of other P&S cameras.

I don't worry to shoot up to iso 400 (and I'm used to watch my 5d photos now...).

Overall the image quality is very good. Some examples: (from raw) - click on the "i" icon to see the exif, and on the image itself to see the original size:

http://www.lucianomorpurgo.com/foto/Frankfurt/slides/157.html

http://www.lucianomorpurgo.com/foto/Frankfurt/slides/156.html

http://www.lucianomorpurgo.com/foto/Frankfurt/slides/151.Chevrolet.html

http://www.lucianomorpurgo.com/foto/Frankfurt/slides/156.html

http://www.lucianomorpurgo.com/foto/Frankfurt/slides/169.David.and.Goliath.html

I personally don't care about the viewfinder, the big display does its job. The body is metal (heavy) but very sturdy. That includes the buttons and the usb/video plug cover. I also love the dedicated Iso selection wheel, that should be a must also on any dSLR!

Coming from a Sony T-10, this was really refreshing for me.
Cheers
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bluefox9er Senior Member • Posts: 1,881
Re: What's your P&S camera (for street photography)?

I use my dslr for street photography,but use my G9 as a back up.

Great looking camera, but absloutley HORRIBLE,HORRIBLE,HORRIBLE,HORRIBLE in anything other than perfect,optimum lighting conditions. Raw is very nice to have, but it cant salvage any image shot at ISO 200 and above.

Great looking camera, very very feature rich but takes awful shots unless the lighting is absloutley perfect...and dont bother with any ISO > 100.
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PeterArm New Member • Posts: 8
Re: What's your P&S camera (for street photography)?

On my visits to Brazil (with its very dangerous street environments), I have used Canon G5 and lately G9 quite safely, and with good resultant photos. The G5 is especially very clean and fast (f/2.8). The swivel screen on the G5 is fantastic for unobtrusive pictures in buses and other very public places. The G5 is visually unobtrusive, silent and produces great RAW files.

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Re: What's your P&S camera (for street photography)?

dpreviewuser wrote:

I have a 5D and want to get a P&S camera for street photography in a
city. I want something more subtle than my 5D+ 17-40mm/24-105mm.

I'm looking at the Canon G9 or SD1100, Samsung NV24, Sigma DP1, or
maybe Olympus E420 with pancake lens.

Leica C-Lux1 in black. Does the job for $100.

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