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Pocket Miracles

April 22, 2012

Today’s pocket cameras are miracles of miniaturization, function and capability. Sometimes dismissed by professionals and advanced amateurs as “toys for snapshots”, many have surprising abilities in a pocketable, easy-to-carry form. I personally use a Panasonic Lumix LX5, but it is only one of a number of offerings from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Casio, Olympus, Samsung, Pentax, Leica and numerous others. In a previous post, I said that the best camera is the one you have with you when a picture opportunity presents itself. That statement is never more apt than when referring to pocket cameras. Carried in a pocket, purse, or car glovebox, they are instantly ready to capture any moment, however fleeting.They are very capable, (sometimes surprisingly so). Many feature raw capture, multi-function focus and metering, ultra sharp, fast zoom lenses with macro capabilities and inbuilt flash. There are of course downsides, such as noise at ISO settings higher than 400, difficult to read viewfinders and small, hard to manipulate, control buttons. Also, their size can lead to camera shake at slow shutter speeds. Negatives aside, when used within their parameters, their results can be astounding. My Lumix LX 5 is always with me and has been responsible for capturing some memorable moments.

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