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Wide angle digital compact?

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by Rilot, 9 May 2006.

  1. Rilot

    Don

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Wargrave, UK

    I've got fed up with carrying my 10d+Sigma 15-30mm around with me all the time so I'm in the market for a digital compact as a carry around.

    It needs to have a very wide angle lens on it as I mostly shoot landscapes. Don't care about the tele capability of the camera.

    Can you get digi compacts that go down to the equivelant of 20mm on a 35mm camera?
     
  2. aztechnology

    Mobster

    Joined: 12 Aug 2004

    Posts: 2,503

    Location: Oop North

    I can't seem to find many that go wider than 28.

    Nikon have a coolpix (8400) out to 24, but it's not exactly compact, a few compacts have WA converts to get to around 21ish... (Ricoh)
     
  3. Mohain

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Dec 2003

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    The Kodak EASYSHARE V570 Dual Lens Digital Camera goes down to 23mm (equiv.) Dunno if you'll get wider than that on a compact. Never used the camera tho, so cannot comment on it's quality.
     
  4. Bluebells

    Gangster

    Joined: 9 Jul 2004

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    What about the Canon S80 or Rioch R4, only 28mm though.
     
  5. aztechnology

    Mobster

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    Location: Oop North

    that twin lens thing looks interesting....
     
  6. Rilot

    Don

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    When I say "compact" I mean, smaller than a full blown SLR. Not neccessarily a ikkle thing.
     
  7. Mohain

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Dec 2003

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    I don't think you'll get one at 20mm. I think aztechnology's advise is the best. Nikon coolpix 8400 at 24mm. May be possible to get a 3rd party WA converter for it but quality will suffer.
     
  8. Gregeff

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

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    Location: Bristol

    I've been looking for a compact with a widish angle lens.

    The best i found at 28mm where:

    Ricoh GR Digital - 28mm - £399
    Canon S80 - 28mm-100mm - £310
    Ricoh R4 - 28mm-200mm - £234
    Caplio GX8 - 28-85mm - £249
    Panasonic FX01 - 28mm-100mm - £219

    The Panasonic is the smallest and cheapest and i think is what i'm about to buy.

    Also the Ricoh GR Digital and Canon S80 have wide convert lenses to take them to about 21mm for about £100. I think you can also get wide converter lenses for Canon A series which take them to about 24mm too.

    I looked at that Kodak dual lense camera, but the picture quality looked pretty bad tbh :(