June 12th, 2004

pinkie pie

Cheap mini digicams

I want a new digital camera. I currently have a Logitech Pocket Digital (without flash), and it is a seriously frustrating little camera. There is always a very good chance that a shot in full sunlight will not turn out, and anything less than that it's not worth trying. You can see here the difference between its output and that of an average consumer digicam, borrowed from nyxie. Click the images for 640x480 versions.
Logitech sample picture   Nyxie's camera sample picture
While I am sure there is some value in the whole 1970s 110-cartridge look, it is not what I am after.

Do any of you have recommendations for a camera? Roughly what I need is:

  • Inexpensive: I have a good camera that I take with me when I want to Be A Photographer, and this one is the spare that I carry everywhere, and thus will only be minorly inconvenienced if it is lost or broken.
  • OK quality: I need it to take good VGA-size photos in sunlight and with flash, and that's about all I expect. I don't want an Elph, for instance, because it is more camera than I need.
  • Simple: I don't need a lot of features here. I want point-and-click for this one.
  • Small and light: If it is heavy or big I won't always carry it with me, which is the whole point.
If it's something I can also use as a webcam (triggering the shutter with software), even better. Thanks!
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