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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2007

    Can I expect detailed LANDSCAPE shots from a compact?

    What is the BEST compact, pocketable camera for good, detailed landscape photos that can be enlarge to, say 12x18? A Canon G7 is too big, the Nikon P5100 seems about right... but what about the new sub-compacts like the Canon A870 IS? I understand the chip is marginally larger in the Nikon. What about a good depth of field? The compacts have a small F-stop range... so is it even reasonable to expect SHARP detail from compact when shooting long-shot landscapes such as horizons?

    Looking for advice for those with HANDS ON experience.


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    San Diego, CA
    As I understand it, the sensor has little to nothing to do with detail. To get detail you need a good lens and a good autofocus, or at least a manual focus with a good operator.
    Eugene Leafty
    Fujifilm S9000, Hoya 58mm uv/circular polarizer/warming filters, 8GB CF, 256 MB CF, topload bag, Dynatran AT-858B tripod base, Dynatran ATH-A04 tripod head, 2 sets NiMH batts w/2 chargers, 58mm +2 and +4 close up lens, 2x telephoto lens, rubber hood, Canon T244 external flash

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    The very small sensors in compact digital cameras mean you have a VERY DEEP depth of field, not comparable to that of SLRs.

    So, you get lots of detail over the whole depth of the photo. The Canon cameras have better image quality than the Nikon P5100. The Nikon also is irritatingly slow in focussing, by today's standards.
    Canon EOS 350D, Tamron SP AF 90mm F/2.8 macro, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 DC EX, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM, Tokina AT-X124 Pro 12-24mm F4, Soligor 1.7x C/D4 DG Teleconvertor, Manfrotto 724B tripod, Canon Powershot S30

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007

    Canon A570IS

    The Canon A570IS takes nice landscape photos.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    The Canon SD800 IS is wide-angle, so it'll give you better landscape shots than many of it's compact brethren, which start out with a standard 35mm focal length.
    Nikon D40 + kit lens

    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D AF(...or not)

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