Dave Bullock / eecue

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ISO: Adam Starr

I'm looking for my old friend from junior high: Adam Starr. We both grew up in the East Bay. We were both part of the Jewish Youth Group up there. I've looked for him on facebook and google to no avail. If you're around man, shoot me an email: eecue@eecue.com

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ISO: Ultimate Ultra-Compact Camera

Over the years I've made my way through various Ultra-Compact digital cameras, the latest being the Canon Powershot SD550. I don't especially like the SD500 for a number of reasons which I don't feel like listing here. What I am going to list, is what I do want in an Ultra-Compact Digital Camera:

Required:

  • Somewhere Between 5 and 10 Megapixels
  • RAW Mode
  • Full Manual Mode
  • Tripod Mount
  • Excellent Low-light Performance
  • Quick or Instant Startup Time
  • ≥ 3" LCD
  • ≥ 2x Optical Zoom
  • At Least 24-50mm Equivalent Zoom
  • Fits Easily in Pocket
  • Macro Mode
  • Video Mode
  • Doesn't Use Obscure Memory Format
  • USB 2.0
Would be Nice:
  • Water-Resistent of Water-Proof
  • Image Stabilization
  • Bluetooth / 802.11x
  • Face Recognition
  • Standard Sized Batteries

Obviously there is currently no camera that meets my required specs, but I'm hoping there will be some time soon. I was considering the Leica D-Lux 3, but because of its poor low-light performance and protruding lens won't work for me. If my SD550 dies before a camera with my required specs comes along, I'll probably go with the Nikon Coolpix S51, although it doesn't have a RAW nor manual modes.... ok so maybe that won't work. For now I'll just make it a point to lug around my 5D as much as possible.

Btw, this post was inspired by Scott Beale's post about his new Fuji Finepix F50.

UPDATE I have created a handy little size guide so you can get a real life idea of the size of the various Ultra-Compact cameras out there. So far I have only done Canon and Nikon, but I plan on adding other manufacturers. You can download the Ultra-Compact Camera Size Comparison Chart [66k PDF].

UPDATE 2 Hmm, I think this might be the perfect camera for me: Canon SD870 IS.