During the summer whilst wearing my usual tank top, shorts & sandals I have nowhere to put my pocket camera. This is not a problem in cooler weather when I wear my jacket as I also have inside pockets. I am a cameraHolic. I would feel naked without my camera. Lately I have also been carrying my Canon dSLR T2i as I find I have more control over my images but I still have my pocket camera with me. I stuff it into the pocket of my shorts on one side, in the other side I stuff my iPhone, which also has a great camera, and on my shoulder I sling my trusty Canon. It gets cumbersome figuring out which camera to use. For posting on the net I mainly use my Lumix, and sometimes my iPhone. For more serious, or challenging lighting conditions I use my dSLR as it is more configurable. I was trying to come up with a more simplistic way to cut down on what I needed to carry. I was thinking that I would just use my iPhone as I also had editing apps installed, some of which are very good such as the ProHDR, or Pano+ . I often forget to use my phone camera but I always have it with me thus it would solve having to carry my Lumix around.
Then last week while in the big box electronic store I was seduced into purchasing a low cost, small, basic Samsung ST30 10 MP camera slighly larger than a credit card. You could lose it in your pocket. As photography has been my hobby for decades people expect 'good' photos, so I purchase "good" cameras for that purpose. Most often I purchase top of the line P&S models, or mid priced dSLR Nikons or Canons. I have nearly always been a loyal Nikon user until recently when I switched over to Canon and found that I could use alternative lenses.
On my previous post I mentioned that I would post a few photos using this basic Samsung ST30 camera as compared to my Canon T2i with a highly rated Tamron 17-50 2.8 DiII WA zoom. The ST30 is 10 mp vs the Canon at 18MP, photos were reduced to 2400 x 1400. Being a basic camera you have no control over the ISO. From using the camera I noticed that it is actually auto ISO which is selected by the camera at time of exposure. Luckily there is EC: Exposure Compensation which can be selected on the menu
(Samsung ST30 EC: +1, 1/45s F3.3 iso=180)
(Canon T2i 100s F5.0 iso=200, no EC)
After dinner at a restaurant on Cambie Street we were walking back to my car and I snapped one of the sidewalk
(Samsung ST30 1/5s f3.3 iso=640)
(Canon T2i 1/8s F2.8 iso=800)
We drove down to Hastings Street in a not so good area where I wanted a photo of this neon sign
(Samsung ST30 1/42s F3.7 iso=400)
(Canon T2i 1/20s F4.0 iso=400)
The next day I took this photo through the windshield with around 2/3 zoom, bright sunny day
(Samsung ST30 1/180s F5.9 iso=80)
while refuelling my car the other night, just around dusk I took this at the gas station
(Samsung ST30 1/34s F3.3 iso=400)
As long as you realize the limitations of a basic camera and how it works, you would be pleased with the results. I could still carry my Canon T2i around my shoulder and have this little camera in my pocket and not even know it was there. I think for $30. + tax, I got a bargain
So there you have it, the mighty vs the mini. I can tell you that once you fondle it in your hands it is very hard to put it down.