camera research

After selling my Fujifilm F30 to my dear mother (yes, it’s ok to do business with your mother), I am now in the process of buying a new compact digital camera. I’ve been doing quite a bit of online research and after breakfast at Mother’s today, Jen and I went to the local Camera World store. Usually, I find it quite informative to hear what a local camera expert might have to say. Today I did not. Nor did I talk to an expert.

Here’s our conversation:

Mario: Tell me, what’s your favorite compact camera?
Camera non-expert, holding a venti Starbucks cup picks up a Nikon S51, throws it in the air, let’s it drop onto the floor before picking it back: This one.
Mario: Wow, you just broke that camera.
Camera non-expert, still holding a venti Starbucks cup:
Nope, do it all the time. All these cameras are shockproof. Some choose to advertise it, others don’t.
Mario: Why is it your favorite?
Camera non-expert: Best bang for the buck. Most camera for the money.Hands down.
Mario: Ok, what’s your second favorite?
Camera non-expert:
How much underwater shooting do you do?
Mario: Ahem, none.
Camera non-expert: Ok, so no need to look at this one then (pointing at Pentax Optio).
Mario: Wait…is that camera shockproof?
Camera non-expert: Nope.  

Needless to be said, I didn’t buy a camera today. Here are the three cameras that I am considering. What do you think?

Nikon Coolpix S51

Canon SD 870
Panasonic Lumix FX 30K

Next entry is #1,000. Stay posted.


  1. Anonymous October 23, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    Tag Mario.Ich w�ir die FX 50 holen.Die hat weitwinkel und ein 3″ Display!.w�ich daf�scheiden.ciao Sebastian

  2. Anonymous October 30, 2007 at 5:26 am

    I loved my Canon, but it turns out it wasn’t shockproof…

  3. Anonymous November 8, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    I currently own a Nikon S50 and I love it. I use to have an old Kodak 3mp which took decent pictures even today considering its age, but it was quote bulky and I’m a guy, hence no purse. I needed something thin. The Nikon personal cameras are about the size of a cellphone.

    With a smaller camera you lose zoom of course. You’ll get 3 to 5x at most with the slim cameras, whereas some of the larger ones with full lenses can get up to 10x. If you want to go up to the $2k+ range you can get a Sony or Cannon with fully replaceable lenses removing your limit.

    I’d highly recomend not getting a Sony. Not only are their memory sticks totally properity, they have a tendency to blur the image, even if you put it on the damn sports setting! I’ve seen it happen with three different Sony cameras of varying cost and quality.

    Another thing to consider: does you cell phone take SD cards? Do you own a Nintendo Wii? If the majority of your devices take a particular type of memory, try to stick with a camera that uses the same memory. All your old chips will be reusable and you can take your photos and put them onto different devices around your house.

    Conclusion: highly recomend Nikon and Cannon, can not recomend Sony, and the type depends on what you want it for. Also, buy them online. Wolf camera had the Nikon for like $268 on discount. I found one online for under $200. It had Korean stickers all over it, but the menus and manual were still in English.


  4. Anonymous May 1, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Very interesting. thank you for sharing!