Good cameras and great photographers

It’s really hard to find a good ultra compact digital camera. All the manufacturers are packing in more megapixels, but few are actually making the camera better. It’s all about marketing. After searching for quite a while, I decided to jump on ebay and buy the Fuji F31fd, regarded as the best low light ultra compact ever made.

See this page of a review:

You almost can’t tell the difference between the Fuji and a Nikon DSLR. Very low noise even at ISO 800. This camera is nearly 2 years old! It has a huge sensor and low megapixel count, which actually gives it low pixel density, and therefore great low light performance. The gotcha is it doesn’t have image stabilization. I guess you can’t have it all.

In other news, my friend Corinne is going to have a solo photo exhibit in New York next year. I remember the first time I saw Corinne’s photos from Cambodia. Amazing. And her photos were taken with an Olympus FE190, a cheapy camera that is reviewed quite poorly. Corinne takes great photos, she doesn’t need a fancy camera!


  1. Many thanks, and awesome timing! I’ve decided that my wife will give me a camera for Christmas, and you’ve helped me, um… I mean her, make the decision!

  2. I don’t know much about this camera specifically, but it seem somewhat typical in that it’s a lot of megapixels, and continues to use a small sensor. Canon is making huge improvements on existing sensors, and the lenses are getting better… but at the end of the day i’d prefer a larger sensor and less noise.<div><br></div><div>But you can’t get a 20x camera this small if you have a larger sensor. So that’s the tradeoff. I’d wait for the review, but i’m guessing the verdict will be fairly neutral.<br><div><div></div></div></div>

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