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#1 TeeCee

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:14 AM

I'm looking for a truly pocketable camera, thinking the Panasonic DMC TZ100 might be great for walking - reasonable sensor, 10x optical zoom.
Anyone using one of these can offer advice/comments?

Any other really great pocket cameras?

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#2 Alex Ramsay

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:50 AM

Sony RX100, as many on here will tell you

 

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 12:18 PM

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:46 PM

Another Sony RX100.  I have the M2 model as it allows for screen tilting and wifi access.  Can't love it enough.

 

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:08 PM

Another Sony RX100.  I have the M2 model as it allows for screen tilting and wifi access.  Can't love it enough.
 
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:01 PM

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the Mk1 and Mk2.

Shirt pocket or inside pocket of a jacket though. It doesn't fit in a jeans pocket.

I use a small Zing lens pouch with a carabiner on my belt.

 

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:19 PM

Thanks for all the comments/tips/advice. I've noticed previously that lots of folk use the Sony, they do seem very highly regarded. I think (perhaps wrong here, so shoot me down in flames) that some models don't have an EVF? (Not keen on waving cameras around at arms length, it really doesn't come naturally to me). Plus, was hoping for a more extensive zoom, though I know this wish list is getting a bit tall here....
In the main, this is for shoving in my pocket whilst walking. Currently I take a Canon 50D with an 18 - 135 fitted, (about 29 - 210 once the C sensor is factored in), but as you can guess, this is not "pocketable".

Probably time to go and try both the Sony and the Panasonic out. I sense an expensive afternoon coming up ....

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:34 PM

Thanks for all the comments/tips/advice. I've noticed previously that lots of folk use the Sony, they do seem very highly regarded. I think (perhaps wrong here, so shoot me down in flames) that some models don't have an EVF? (Not keen on waving cameras around at arms length, it really doesn't come naturally to me). Plus, was hoping for a more extensive zoom, though I know this wish list is getting a bit tall here....
In the main, this is for shoving in my pocket whilst walking. Currently I take a Canon 50D with an 18 - 135 fitted, (about 29 - 210 once the C sensor is factored in), but as you can guess, this is not "pocketable".
Probably time to go and try both the Sony and the Panasonic out. I sense an expensive afternoon coming up ....
:)


The RX100-III (version 3) and onwards has an EVF. I was sure I needed it too, haven't used it much, though, but wouldn't buy the camera without - and the LCD screen is the most flexible I have seen, shouldn't be necessary to hold in arm's length at all.

 

It's a second walk-around and night shot camera to me - I love my full-size Canon.


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:47 PM

The mk1 has no hinged screen, but the mk2 does.

Use it Rolleiflex style and it will be very very stable.

 

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:54 AM

The mk1 has no hinged screen, but the mk2 does.
Use it Rolleiflex style and it will be very very stable.
 
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I need to sell my mk1. I haven't used it since getting the mk3. I like the mk1's reach, though.
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:06 PM

 

Thanks for all the comments/tips/advice. I've noticed previously that lots of folk use the Sony, they do seem very highly regarded. I think (perhaps wrong here, so shoot me down in flames) that some models don't have an EVF? (Not keen on waving cameras around at arms length, it really doesn't come naturally to me). Plus, was hoping for a more extensive zoom, though I know this wish list is getting a bit tall here....
In the main, this is for shoving in my pocket whilst walking. Currently I take a Canon 50D with an 18 - 135 fitted, (about 29 - 210 once the C sensor is factored in), but as you can guess, this is not "pocketable".
Probably time to go and try both the Sony and the Panasonic out. I sense an expensive afternoon coming up ....
:)


The RX100-III (version 3) and onwards has an EVF. I was sure I needed it too, haven't used it much, though, but wouldn't buy the camera without - and the LCD screen is the most flexible I have seen, shouldn't be necessary to hold in arm's length at all.

 

It's a second walk-around and night shot camera to me - I love my full-size Canon.

 

Ditto, for work I use a 5D II and a 6D. Now heading into semi-retirement, what I haven't got is anything to shove into a pocket when off walking.
Definitely time to try these things out...

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:38 PM

@TeeCee - if you get the Sony, get a few spare batteries. It uses them up easily. I have 2 spare and an in-car charger off eBay for $40 or so. Works great.
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:20 PM

I have the mk4 and have been pleased. It does fit nicely into my pocket, too.
I agree about needing several extra batteries, and I've found my Sony battery lasts much longer than my two generic versions.
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:53 PM

@TeeCee - if you get the Sony, get a few spare batteries. It uses them up easily. I have 2 spare and an in-car charger off eBay for $40 or so. Works great.

Thanks for the tip - I'll make sure I do!


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 06:52 PM

 

 

Thanks for all the comments/tips/advice. I've noticed previously that lots of folk use the Sony, they do seem very highly regarded. I think (perhaps wrong here, so shoot me down in flames) that some models don't have an EVF? (Not keen on waving cameras around at arms length, it really doesn't come naturally to me). Plus, was hoping for a more extensive zoom, though I know this wish list is getting a bit tall here....
In the main, this is for shoving in my pocket whilst walking. Currently I take a Canon 50D with an 18 - 135 fitted, (about 29 - 210 once the C sensor is factored in), but as you can guess, this is not "pocketable".
Probably time to go and try both the Sony and the Panasonic out. I sense an expensive afternoon coming up ....
:)


The RX100-III (version 3) and onwards has an EVF. I was sure I needed it too, haven't used it much, though, but wouldn't buy the camera without - and the LCD screen is the most flexible I have seen, shouldn't be necessary to hold in arm's length at all.

It's a second walk-around and night shot camera to me - I love my full-size Canon.
Ditto, for work I use a 5D II and a 6D. Now heading into semi-retirement, what I haven't got is anything to shove into a pocket when off walking.
Definitely time to try these things out...
:)

- and into the bargain you'll get an outstanding night shot camera. I rarely use my Canons after nightfall any longer. Just ask Philippe, for instance, what he thinks of this camera :) .

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 08:48 PM

Niels,

 

Maybe try a A7R mk2.

 

I wish Canon would put that sensor in one of their cameras. And then shrink it to the size of a the Sony. Or my old OM's.

The A7R is not pocketable of course, but with the 35mm it's still quite small. The mk 2 is a bit bigger but lots better.

 

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 09:16 PM

Niels,

 

Maybe try a A7R mk2.

 

I wish Canon would put that sensor in one of their cameras. And then shrink it to the size of a the Sony. Or my old OM's.

The A7R is not pocketable of course, but with the 35mm it's still quite small. The mk 2 is a bit bigger but lots better.

 

wim

 

Actually, I think I should, Wim. Will be on my remember-to-do-list.


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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:40 AM

 

Niels,

 

Maybe try a A7R mk2.

 

I wish Canon would put that sensor in one of their cameras. And then shrink it to the size of a the Sony. Or my old OM's.

The A7R is not pocketable of course, but with the 35mm it's still quite small. The mk 2 is a bit bigger but lots better.

 

wim

 

Actually, I think I should, Wim. Will be on my remember-to-do-list.

 

 

I held off for quite long even after renting one a couple of times.

My fingers still feel totally wrong. Buttons all over the place; all configurable; the menus are like the RX100, but completely different of course.

The quality however is gorgeous. Like the d810 but bigger files from a smaller body. And the quiet mode is not very quiet, but totally quiet.

And every lens fits.

The negative side: I had planned to use all my small old Olympus lenses and some of my Canons. However I have already bought 3 Sony/Zeiss ones.

And I'm still struggling with my 17mm T/S.

 

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 07:06 PM

 

 

Niels,

 

Maybe try a A7R mk2.

 

I wish Canon would put that sensor in one of their cameras. And then shrink it to the size of a the Sony. Or my old OM's.

The A7R is not pocketable of course, but with the 35mm it's still quite small. The mk 2 is a bit bigger but lots better.

 

wim

 

Actually, I think I should, Wim. Will be on my remember-to-do-list.

 

 

I held off for quite long even after renting one a couple of times.

My fingers still feel totally wrong. Buttons all over the place; all configurable; the menus are like the RX100, but completely different of course.

The quality however is gorgeous. Like the d810 but bigger files from a smaller body. And the quiet mode is not very quiet, but totally quiet.

And every lens fits.

The negative side: I had planned to use all my small old Olympus lenses and some of my Canons. However I have already bought 3 Sony/Zeiss ones.

And I'm still struggling with my 17mm T/S.

 

wim

 

 

Thanks for the information, Wim. Very useful for my evaluation.


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Posted 4 weeks ago

 

The mk1 has no hinged screen, but the mk2 does.
Use it Rolleiflex style and it will be very very stable.
 
wim

I need to sell my mk1. I haven't used it since getting the mk3. I like the mk1's reach, though.

 

 

 

That is why I stuck with the mk1, even though I would have liked an eye level v/f.

 

Trouble is the anti-reflective coating has just about completely rubbed off the screen making it difficult to see in sunlight. :(

 

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