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!