Yes, definitely. This a real problem with being too small. Lots and
lots of tiny little buttons that should be pressed with some sort of
toothpick, not big caloused fingers. And their too damn light. I
want a camera sized just like my old Nikon.
And you go to rec.digitalphoto and find that many, if not most, of the posters
are delighted with shirtpocket cameras that do everything for them. Some of the
top models are comparable in size and weight, and quality, to top SLRs like
your old Nikon, but the prices are still in the stratosphere for non-pros.
Lower than a few years ago by a lot, but Canon's D1s is $8000 bucks (body only)
and the Kodak 14n is $5000, while reasonably comparable film cameras are $2000
and down, often way down (pro level down to about $800, I'd say).
"It is not strange... to mistake change for progress." Millard Fillmore
The 300D and D70 are not bad, around $1k plus lenses. A good deal
if you already have Canon or Nikon lenses.
Also check out the Panasonic FZ10, for around $600. Quality will
not match the SLRs, but it's not bad, and it's a big solid camera
compared to most in it's price range (10x stabilized zoom, with
manual focus ring). For more info see:
It has an electronic viewfinder which you may or may not like
(it's better than most EVFs), but in that price range the
alternative is a non-TTL "optical tunnel". If you want optical
TTL then you're back to the $1-2K range (and up).
[Having said all that, I decided not to buy the FZ10-- I want
something that will fit in a large coat pocket, and the FZ10
won't. I'll probably end up with something like a used Canon G3.]
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