Briefly comment on what camera you might have selected as your “pocket” digital image taker.

Briefly comment on what camera you might have selected as your “pocket” digital image taker.
Just carry your DSLR as your main and only camera
18% (30 votes)
Have a second digital camera as a “constant photo companion”
70% (117 votes)
Are still searching for that second camera
13% (21 votes)
Total votes: 168

dfphotog's picture

While I have not been overly impressed with the options available to photographers for a pocket camera to carry I think the new Canon S90 comes the closest.

Bart Everett's picture

I have a Canon G9 because it was the smallest capable of shooting RAW that I could fine at the time.

Arnold Sucher's picture

Canon SD1100. it's small & inexpensive and wonderful for people, parties,etc. where you do not want to carry SLR. Not good for major pics.

Chuck Howard's picture

I'm now using a Nikon P6000 as a 'carry camera'. For travel, events, and people it gets the job done without the weight, bulk, and presence of my DSLR in many circumstances. The P6000 won't replace my D & F Nikons, but it is a worthy companion.

Carl's picture

I have a G7. It fits in my pocket and gets excellent results. I wish it had more zoom.

Michael Rosenberg's picture

I am a Nikon DSLR shooter. I believe that in the battle of DSLR's Nikon is beating Canon hands down for quality at this time. However, when it comes to point and shoot cameras, Canon has the distinctive edge. From the cheapest to the top of the line in point and shooters, Canon outperforms for sharpness, clarity and color. I have heard some complaints that the new G11 is not powerfull enough. However, it is a far superior product when compaired with the G10. From its' ability to shoot low noise images at high ISOs to its' swiveling LCD and its' larger sensor with a more reasonable number of pixel sites on the sensor it blows anything else in the point and shoot catagory away. Shoot for the Stars...

Carlos E.  Delgado's picture

I have a second digital camera a as companion, I enjoy the versality of snapping quick photos with a camera that I am carrying on my shirt's pocket!

Thom Schultz's picture

Use a Canon G9 but looking for a Point & Shoot with less noise.

Jack Cooperberg's picture

I am a devoted fan of the Canon G9 and its the only camera in my arsenal right now. I'm having trouble deciding on a new DSLR.

C.  Warren's picture

My carry all the time camera is the Canon SX200. It has supurb characteristics and produces very high quality photos. It could only be better if it captured in raw.

Bill G.'s picture

In the past I had used a Canon G9 as my take everywhere second camera. But I've found the G series (including the G11) to be too bulky. The Canon S90 fits the spot as a take everywhere second camera now. The S90 has the same image sensor as the G11 making it the perfect take-along camera.

Dennis G Piche''s picture

Compact Leica D-Lux 3it has great optics and does video too!

Mel Reimer's picture

Actually I have 2 "second" digital cameras in addition to my digital SLR. I have the 6.0 MP Olympus Stylus 600 for my travel pocket model selected for it's compact size & features & older (first model for me) 6.3 MP Fuji FinePix S7000 for snapshot action.

Daryl Lucarelli's picture

A G10 after I saw lots of pros carry around the G9...I love it...easy access, easy exposure changes, and compact.

Wally's picture

I'm looking for a cross between the Panasonic LX3 and the new Olympus PEN with a viewfinder.

Dennis Logue's picture

Nikon Coolpix L20. I call it my "tosser" because I toss it in with whatever I am carrying that day. I got a really good neoprene case because I really do "Toss" it.

Frank Swertlow's picture

Leica D-Lux 4. Small, quiet, discreet, good motor drive, good stabilzer, and amazing in low light situations. Best of all the lens is amazingly sharp like capturing a diver in mid-air who jumped off the top off a pier in Hawaii. All was in focus and so were the surfers 100 yards out. Simply put it in your pocked and leave. Same is true when writing a journalism story and you need a good lens to peek into areas where your eye can't reach like grabbing images of chickens walking around the yard of a killer who savaged a wife of his neighbor about a mile away. The Leica is always reliable. Wish the zoom was a little longer, but you can't have everything at least not yet.

Gary Van Schaick's picture

Now using a Canon G10 as my carry around camera. I am looking at the S90 as the G10 is rather large even though I have the belt pouch for it.

Michael Downing's picture

My "Constant Camera" is a Canon G11. I love it!!

Carol Dupree's picture

I bought the Panasonic Lumix last year and I love it! Great little camera with the 10x optical zoom which was a big factor in my decision.

John Kostishack's picture

The Panasonic Lumix GF1 may be the one but I am still hoping that Leica can make one with a built in full view finder.

C.  J.  Martin's picture

I have a G10 great features but still looking for the immediate response and image quality of an SLR. Haven't found it yet but the some of the newer entrants are looking great. With the G11, I am disappointed that Canon did not take the opportunity to enlarge the sensor but am impressed with the reduction in the pixel count.

Dick Rodgers's picture

I like my Sony DSC-W150 because of it's compact size, optical viewfinder, image stabilization, full HD movie mode and Sony's image processor.

Mike Cunneen's picture

It isn't always practical (or safe) when traveling to carry your DSLR and gear. Having a full featured compact camera is essential. Finding one has been the challenge.

Dan Mouer's picture

At present I carry a Canon SD1100is in a little leather holster on my belt next to my cell phone. I would much prefer a camera near that size but with a bigger sensor and "real" exposure and focus controls.

Bill's picture

Got a great buy on a Canon PowerShot A650 IS AI/AF. At 12.1 mega pixels it's a quick shooter with excellent guality photos. Only down side: no raw.

Lydia Williams's picture

I have a G10 and love it! It is so convenient, and especially great for low light photos. Convenient, easy, and great photos.

Larry Bister's picture

I recently bought a Canon SD990 IS. One of the reasons I bought it was that it is a Canon and I was already familiar with the way they do things. The primary reason I bought it was because of it's manual controls. I didn't want to rely completely on a camera's automatic controls; even if it is a point and shoot. Thus far I'm very satisfied with it. The photo quality is not what I get with my DSLR but I didn't expect it to be. Having said that the quality is great and I find the camera very easy to use.

William Lawson's picture

This last summer I purchased a Canon G10 as a back-up/second camera. By the middle of my first trip with this camera I found that I was taking just about all of my photos with it and the DSLR (a Nikon D70s) was getting little use at all. Since then the Canon has been the usual camera of choice when I go out, but the DSLR still has a place in my photographic efforts as it is more dependable when exposure and/or focus is critical in low light and macro work. I'd give the Canon G10 a score of 9 out of 10 though and am very happy with it.

Daniel Hawkins's picture

I wish someone would make a good pocket camera with a midrange zoom and only 3 exposure modes, Av, Tv, and M.