Best pocketable point and shoot
Old 02-18-2012   #1
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Best pocketable point and shoot

Just curious to see what you guys think is the best point and shoot that will easily fit into your pants pocket.

Film or digital. Or both.
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Old 02-18-2012   #2
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Old 02-18-2012   #3
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The ricoh GR series is quite pocketable. The GRD is a nice size, very 'pocketable'. Ive never tried the GR1 series, but i think they are a tad thinner than the GRD, making them very pocketable! (provided you dont use the optical viewfinder)
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Old 02-18-2012   #4
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The Minox 35GT or GT-E is supremely pocketable (in fact, the smallest 35mm ever, or something like that). The lens is great, design is great, highly recommended.
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Old 02-18-2012   #5
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Film: Olympus XA
Digital: iPhone 4s with Mattebox installed
There, perfect!
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Old 02-18-2012   #6
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Rollei 35.
I really love the Contax T2.
I think one of the best options would be a Barnack with an older 35mm Summaron, but it depends upon the size of the pocket...

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Old 02-18-2012   #7
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the original Olympus XA is the most logical choice.
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Old 02-18-2012   #8
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Film...Contax T3, absolutely.

Digital...maybe Canon S100? I don't have personal knowledge of the S100, but I know the T3 is the BEST if you want 35mm field of view.
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Old 02-18-2012   #9
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For true P&S operation w/flash, IMO the following are all great with some positives/negatives with each. The pentax is my personal favorite but mostly because I prefer its viewfinder.

Nikon AF600 (28mm 3.5)
Pentax UC-1 (32mm 3.5)
Olympus Stylus Epic (35mm 3.5)
Olympus Stylus Epic mju II (35mm 2.8)

If you don't need a flash and don't mind scale focus...
Olympus XA2. The XA isn't really a P&S camera. It's an aperture priority rangefinder. It is one of the best pocketable cameras though.
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Old 02-18-2012   #10
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Old 02-18-2012   #11
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Minolta TC-1 or Ricoh GR1 (film)
and Ricoh GRD4 (digital).

I like 28's! (Although, looking at my answers again, I guess a dual-Ricoh set up would be cool.
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Old 02-18-2012   #12
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Im still using my S90. Fits in a pocket perfectly.
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Old 02-18-2012   #13
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Film: Contax T (if you want a rangefinder) or T3. The Olympus Stylus Epic is also very good, and cheap enough to be nearly disposable. The Ricoh GR1 series has a cult following, but the 28mm lens is too wide for my taste.

Digital: there is no decent pant-pocketable digital. If you expand to jacket pocket, you have quite a few options: Fuji X100, Sigma DP2M, Leica X1, Canon G1 X.
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Old 02-18-2012   #14
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Film: ...
Digital: there is no decent pant-pocketable digital. If you expand to jacket pocket, you have quite a few options: Fuji X100, Sigma DP2M, Leica X1, Canon G1 X.
Beg to differ. The Ricoh GRD series fits the bill (Although since you don't like 28mm, that may be why you excluded it.)
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Old 02-18-2012   #15
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Olympus mju for film.
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Old 02-18-2012   #16
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Beg to differ. The Ricoh GRD series fits the bill (Although since you don't like 28mm, that may be why you excluded it.)
Up to GRD-3 (haven't tried the -4 yet) they're not the fastest-starting cameras in the world. You'd have to plan ahead for your snapshots.
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Old 02-18-2012   #17
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English isn't my native language so I wonder if I have to interpret thread as "P&S best for carrying in a pocket" or ""best P&S which also is pocketable"
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Old 02-19-2012   #18
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Old 02-19-2012   #19
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Film: Contax T3 all the way. Super camera. If you want something less expensive, an Olympus XA or XA2.

Digital: Ricoh GRD III or IV. I love the way it renders, especially raw conversion from Lightroom. The images have a very distinctive look which is unlike the usual smooth and plasticky digital stuff.
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Old 02-19-2012   #20
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For a 35mm lens i would say Nikon L35AF (although a bit on the big side) or a Yashica T4 (although ridiculously expensive)
For 28mm lens I absolutely love my Fuji DL Supermini.
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Old 02-19-2012   #21
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Pocketable means slim; it's not so much the length that makes it pocketable or unpocketable (you might need "deep" pockets though ), not the height, but the width, how slim it is.

The Ricoh GR1V is slimmer then the Olympus XA, Olympus Mju II, Minox 35 and Rollei 35 (I just compared with all of these).

There's one for sale here: http://www.largeformatphotography.in...lent-condition but you'll have to login.

I am "connected" to the seller .

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Old 02-19-2012   #22
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English isn't my native language so I wonder if I have to interpret thread as "P&S best for carrying in a pocket" or ""best P&S which also is pocketable"
I'd say it's the latter: best P&S which is also pocketable.

Film: XA4 with 1600
Digital: GR-D series (I have a 4 and it's great for my needs)

As you can see, I like the 28mm.

The S100 also looks really promising, but I personally haven't used it extensively.
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Old 02-19-2012   #23
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Definition of 28mm film P&S: Konica Off-road 28 with 8 element lens. Be it smaller and/or without grip it wouldn't be my winner. Come on: if camera isn't built-in into watch or ring, you still have to carry it. So why opt for slightly smaller body sacrificing ergonomics?

Konica C35 EF3, Ricoh FF-70 and 700 (aka FF-90 and Super) and Olympus Mju II (aka Stylus Epic) for 35mm. Konica Big Mini, too.

Zooms: Konica Z-Up 28W, Fuji Zoom Date F2.8 (aka Silvi) and Fuji Mini Zoom (aka Tiara Zoom) for wide zooms, then comes Konica Lexio 70 - because of some distortions at wide angle setting but feature loaded camera.
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Old 02-19-2012   #24
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Rollei 35 for me.
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Old 02-19-2012   #25
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Olympus XA series for film.

I like my wife's S95, and it's pretty darned pocketable.
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I'd be hard pressed to choose between a Contax T3 and a Ricoh GR1v
Digital, I just use my iphone.
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Old 02-19-2012   #27
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Nikon AF600
Samsung AF Mini
Konica Lexio 70

all are very good.
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Another vote for the Contax T3. Arguably the best lens ever put in a compact camera, and it is a very tiny thing in the hand. Smaller than a Rollei 35, right about as big as a Stylus Epic (going from memory there- tho the Stylus is certainly thinner). I've had one with me every time I've worn my coat this winter and like this camera more with every roll of film I run and every print I make. Excellent meter, great simple controls when you want them that can be operated with thin gloves on, and image quality that certainly rivals Leica glass in prints at nice big sizes. This is a camera I'm pretty sure I'll use for the rest of my life- even if I have to replace it a few times over.
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Another vote for the GRD IV :

The tonality from new jpeg engine with DR expansion is so good I rarely use DNG raw anymore.

Good up to ISO 800 indoors and helped along with IS and 3 axis level indicators.
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Among the cameras I own, I like these compacts the best:
1. Konica Big Mini - very stylish (I have the champagne version) and excellent lens, a bit slow start up time though.
2. Olympus Stylus Epic - fast lens and great performance
3. Olympus XA - Aperture priority, +1.5 exposure comp, great lens and an option for rangefinder/scale focusing. What's not to like?

Digital:
I tried an LX5 but the form factor and controls didn't really mesh with my needs so I got a Ricoh GRD III. That Ricoh is a joy to use and the images are just fantastic.
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Old 02-19-2012   #31
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Film: minolta tc-1
I like it better than the contax t3 because of the wider lens and better controls.

Digital: canon s95 ( I don't have the s100)
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My current choices are:
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Film: I really love (and missed my) Pentax Espio Mini
Just bought another one.

Digital: Ricoh GRD
I don't need a zoom and really like the intuitive controls.
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Old 02-19-2012   #34
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olympus xa

light, cheap, fast lens
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Old 02-19-2012   #35
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I am in love with the Ricoh GR1. I swear that thing is as good as my Nikkor 28mm 2.8 AIS. Small camera thats very well built, it has the best controls that ive ever used on a point and shoot. The biggest factor for me is that you can turn the flash off before you turn the camera on. I like the AE control as well.





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Like the White Angel, the Vivitar Ultra Wide and Slim, but the rewind crank broke off on mine. I liked that I'd carried it with my other cameras so when I finished a film it had about 2 years worth of pics from lots of different locations. Also my wife's Rollei AF35M, or the original Olympus Pen
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I like my S95. I liked my LX3 a lot, but someone swiped it and I decided to switch to Canon to see how it is. The LX3 had nicer b&w files IMHO.
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Old 02-19-2012   #38
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real pocketable

tc-1
xa + xa4
gr-1

pocketable
28ti nikon
contax t2

not so pocketable
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i vote for Contax T3
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Oly Stylus Infinity , good lens and great handshape, protected lens and fits anywhere.

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Canon Powershot SD800IS.

Very small, Userfriendly and good lens. Viewfinder.
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