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Current favorite still-image camera type:

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Film camera (35mm or smaller film)
  801 votes / 4%
Film camera (film > 35mm)
  570 votes / 3%
Fixed-lens digicam of some kind
  1869 votes / 11%
Digital SLR in conventional 35mm size
  6555 votes / 38%
Micro 4/3,Q, or other newfangled mount
  978 votes / 5%
Whatever came with the phone
  4251 votes / 25%
I [am indifferent toward/hate] them all equally
  1473 votes / 8%
Other; I'll explain my favorite below
  334 votes / 1%
16831 total votes.
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Current favorite still-image camera type:

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  • Canon A720IS (Score:5, Insightful)

    by joelwhitehouse (2571813) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @04:41PM (#42754811)

    I've put 30,000+ exposures on Canon pocket cameras. With great glass, good post-processing, sensible auto mode and a powerful manual mode, you get excellent bang for your buck.

    • What did you pick? (Score:5, Informative)

      by msauve (701917) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @07:37PM (#42756771)
      Because none of the choices include the by-far most popular cameras sold today - the digital point-and-shoots, with autofocusing zoom lenses.

      I suspect that's what was meant by "fixed lens," but that's the wrong term - a fixed lens is one of fixed focal length (although there are apparently people who use that term differently [about.com], but still not for point-and-shoots), so that choice really covers what's found in most smartphones (another obviously missing choice). Really, 2 choices for film cameras? Is the ghost of Ansel Adams present on /.? The Kodak (and Fujifilm, and Ilford) film businesses are almost kaput, mostly limited to art and technical markets.
      • by war4peace (1628283) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @08:31PM (#42757179)

        I picked "other" for the same reason. I have a rather morally old Canon S5 IS, which is neither a DSLR nor a pocket camera. It's what was called a "bridge" camera at the time. It does have a body, you can put a limited number of accessories on it, but it's not a DSLR.

        • Okay, I give up. What the heck is "morally old" - something from Carrie Nation's time?

          • Not the OP.

            You know it when you see it. e.g. a 93 ford.

          • by war4peace (1628283) on Friday February 01, 2013 @01:47AM (#42758583)

            It's an adaptation from my native language. It means something that still works perfectly, just no longer fits in the definition of being useful much. Like a 486DX in the world of i7.
            Sorry about the confusion I created :)

            • No, please don't apologize - and thank you for the explanation! I just assumed it was a silly typo, so I made a joke; but it now makes perfect sense.

              • Google Translate picks "obsolete" as the proper translation, however in my language it's not correct to use this term. My camera is certainly not obsolete, it takes great pictures, does its job just well, functions like a charm (well the zoom slider/rotating button is a bit stuck). It's just that it's 6 years old. Therefore "old" :)

      • Given the other options, "fixed lens" clearly refers to cameras with integrated non-interchangeable lenses. Ie, point-and-shoot cameras.

        1: Classic film cameras, from Instamatics through to SLR.
        2: Large format speciality film cameras.
        3: Consumer and "pro-sumer" point-and-shoot digital cameras.
        4: DSLR.
        5: Non-SLR cameras with SLR-like interchangeable lenses.
        6: Phone-cams.
        7: Don't care.
        8: Something odd enough to be worth mentioning. From old Polaroid instants to someone on the Hubble team.

      • Re: (Score:2, Interesting)

        by flyneye (84093)

        Compared to film even the most expensive 35 mm size digital is pretty damn sorry, right up to offerings by 'blad.
        Gone are the cool tricks of photography like 3 color sliders and bulb settings, f stops and other things that made art happen at the camera level.
        Digital has a long way to go to be cool.
        On the other hand, I recall an article, maybe a year or two ago where some geek made a view camera with a flatbed scanner for a back.
        THERE are the missing pixels that todays digital cameras lack. The slow speed of

        • by Zarhan (415465) on Friday February 01, 2013 @09:40AM (#42760157)

          What are you smoking?

          I have a Canon 5D Mk II, with 35 mm CMOS, and I frequently use the camera with e.g. 50 mm lens and set it to f/1.4 to get plenty of bokeh. There's also a bulb setting. I use that every time I attach my camera to a telescope and do a few minutes of exposure. And of course you can set white balance to whatever you like, or what exactly do you mean by "3 color sliders"?

          And plenty of places show that digital has long ago surpassed 35 mm film in quality, and also larger formats (with less margin though).

          • by jedidiah (1196)

            Alternatively, all of my other consumer grade cameras have always been pretty limited regardless of what technology they were using. For most people that aren't using pro-grade equipment not much has changed and people that are willing to pay for better equipment can get more interesting (even artsy) results.

        • by arth1 (260657)

          I think the question as asked was ambiguous.
          Looking at the results, it seems clear that most people interpreted it as "favorite for your everyday still-image use", not necessarily what "favorite for professional still-image photography". Most probably didn't even notice "still-image".

          There's no question that a 120mm film is vastly superior to a tiny pixellated sensor, and also allows attaching wider lenses letting more light in, further improving the result.

        • You are 100% incorrect in every fact. You are either an idiot or an ingenious troll.
      • by RattFink (93631)

        I suspect that's what was meant by "fixed lens," but that's the wrong term - a fixed lens is one of fixed focal length.

        You are thinking of a Prime Lens. Fixed lens camera has always been a camera with a built in optical system.

      • by JanneM (7445) on Friday February 01, 2013 @09:34AM (#42760117) Homepage

        A non-zooming lens is called a prime lens, actually. A fixed lens is usually interpreted as one that is non-removable.

      • a fixed lens is one of fixed focal length

        Wrong. That's a prime lens.

    • Re:Canon A720IS (Score:5, Interesting)

      by rwa2 (4391) * on Thursday January 31, 2013 @08:08PM (#42757011) Homepage Journal

      Plus the excellent chdk firmware to open up features like raw mode and extra-long exposures and all kinds of other neat stuff usually found on high-end cameras.

      Not to mention the underwater case ( Canon WP-DC16 ) that is (was?) available for it at a fraction of the price of other cameras and gives you full functionality and a lot more portability into harsh environments.

      I recently picked up a used Canon T2i, but it actually doesn't seem to take substantially better pictures than what I could capture with my A720IS. I'll still be getting plenty of mileage out of that Point and Shoot.

    • by CastrTroy (595695)
      I agree. I got a Canon for my wife, and she loves it. I think it's great for the times I've used it, but I'm not really that into taking pictures. The best feature about it is that it is very responsive. Power on to snap a picture is only a couple seconds. The picture is taken as soon as you press the button, and the autofocus feature works pretty fast. Not at all like some other point and shoot camera's I've had. I had a Nikon one that would literally take seconds after pressing the button to take a pict
    • by toygeek (473120)

      +1 For Canon PowerShot cameras. Great pictures, durable, easy to use... and- CHDK http://chdk.wikia.com/wiki/CHDK [wikia.com] for hacking fun! All around great products.

    • Canon point and shoots are definitely the best of the point in shoots. I prefer and shoot Nikon for my DSLR (D700) but my quick little pocket camera is a Canon. It was a $149 Wal Mart special about 5 years ago and still does a great job.
  • Phone (Score:4, Insightful)

    by gmuslera (3436) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @04:46PM (#42754887) Homepage Journal

    Just because don't need to carry an extra gadget, don't need to take professional photos, and the N9 camera is good enough for most usual things.

    Anyway, if you define "favorite" as the one that you carry most of the time, then probably will be the phone for most.

    • Just because don't need to carry an extra gadget, don't need to take professional photos, and the N9 camera is good enough for most usual things.

      The N9 would have been my answer for my good-enough-always-with-me camera, but mine died, and getting repair service in the US isn't looking good. (Anyone with any helpful info along those lines, let me know.)

      • by Psyborgue (699890)
        I used to work in a cell phone repair shop for a while while I was between jobs. We used to have good results with Nokia warranty service, but this was a little while ago. You should check their website. Generally if the unit is still under warranty you can send it in and they will send you back a refurbished unit. If your warranty is already voided somehow, you could try taking it to a local cell phone repair shop. If you're in the DC area, just ask I can give you some very specific advice. Make sure
    • It's not just a matter of convenience for me - photography is one of my great failings, and no matter how expensive a camera I invest in, I'll still suck at it. So I stick with the phone, because at least then I can partially blame the crappy camera for my extra crappy pictures.
  • I hate them all. (Score:3, Interesting)

    by SoupIsGood Food (1179) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @04:58PM (#42755005)

    I hate them all.

    - Full frame DSLR bodies are ludicrously expensive.
    - All the glass worth owning is designed for full-frame - smaller DSLR formats get slow and/or soft zooms and a smattering of primes in useful focal lengths at useful speeds. Non-full frame DSLR owners are a despised afterthought, despite driving most of the profit.
    - All of the mirrorless systems with great glass at good prices have crummy bodies.
    - All of the mirrorless systems with great bodies have overpriced/slow/crummy/all-of-the-above glass.
    - Modern primes are stupidly overpriced. Adjusted for inflation, N/C/S/P lenses with mediocre quality are pricier than equivalent Leica or Carl Zeiss lenses sold in the '90s.
    - Ditto flash units.

    I sold my Contax kit, I'm ready to take the plunge after sitting on the sidelines for a while - Fuji XE-1 with the kit zoom looks like the (reluctantly chosen) winner. It takes gorgeous photos, the zoom is sharp, contrasty and fast, the other lenses in the system are superb and (for primes) reasonably priced, the old-skewl controls make me feel at home - I just need to put up with craptacular EXF and The Worst Autofocus in Scotland.

    • - All the glass worth owning is designed for full-frame - smaller DSLR formats get slow and/or soft zooms and a smattering of primes in useful focal lengths at useful.

      Canon's EF lenses are designed for full frames but can also be mounted on APS-C crop sensor bodies. EF-S is meant for crop sensor bodies, therefore cannot be mounted on FF's.

      • Yeah, but to get an equivalent field of view at an equivalent speed, you're stuck with a wide angle design for a normal lens, and an ultrawide for wide angle. This introduces size and expense and has tradeoffs in quality and speed. (Thing start to work in favor of the smaller sensor once we start talking telephotos, tho...)

        • Yeah, but to get an equivalent field of view at an equivalent speed, you're stuck with a wide angle design for a normal lens, and an ultrawide for wide angle. This introduces size and expense and has tradeoffs in quality and speed.

          Yeah I know. I have an XS (yes, I know it's a cheap body, I want to upgrade to the 60D) and with the kit lens the 18mm "wide" angle becomes ~28mm because of the 1.6x crop factor.

          Thing start to work in favor of the smaller sensor once we start talking telephotos, tho...

          I'm pretty sure they made the 7D just for this, because it shoots 8 FPS but has a crop sensor so it would be ideal for sports, wildlife, etc. Like I said above I have the XS but my 200mm becomes 320mm with the crop factor. :)

        • by rcw-home (122017)

          There's actually a pretty good range of ultra-wide APS-C lenses now. Canon has a 10-22mm. Nikon has a 10-24mm. Sigma has an 8-16mm, a 10-20mm, as well as circular and diagonal fisheyes. Tokina has a 11-16mm. Tamron has a 10-24mm. There's others. They're very proud of them too, judging by their prices.

          I went a cheaper route and got the Samyang 8mm fisheye. When I want rectilinear output, I convert it with hugin.

  • DSLR... sorta (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Kenshin (43036) <kenshin&lunarworks,ca> on Thursday January 31, 2013 @05:02PM (#42755045) Homepage

    I love my DSLR. Its photo quality is amazing. It is my favourite camera.

    However, with it I take a fraction of the amount of photos as the camera in my phone. Why? My DSLR doesn't fit in my pocket. I'm just happy my phone has a reasonable lens and sensor in it.

    Anyway, there's an old quote I heard once: The best camera is the one you have with you.

    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by pswPhD (1528411)

      I actually find the opposite.
      Having a half decent DSLR around my neck means I actually use the thing to take pictures. The camera on my phone is rubbish and so it stays in my pocket most of the time.

    • That's why I leave all my 1.4 prime lenses and 2.8 zooms at home.
      I always bring my wonderful Fuji X100 with me.
      Its lens is better than 99% of the lenses I see on the streets, and its sensor is at least as good as many DSLRs out there.
      It's also an engineering marvel : http://www.finepix-x100.com/in/story [finepix-x100.com]

  • by excelsior_gr (969383) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @05:09PM (#42755127)

    35 mm are not conventional in the DSLR-world. Only the high-end models feature such a large "full-frame" sensor that only the very dedicated or the professionals are willing to pay (they usually cost more that $1000). I voted "none of the above" since my Sony Alpha 57 has a 23.5 mm x15.6 mm sensor that works fine for me, which makes it my favorite.

  • My favorite still camera is probably the ancient Vogtländer 120 camera I sometimes use when I want to shoot pictures for my amusement.

    As opposed to my cellphone camera, which is my most frequently used camera since I have it with me any time the need for a photo arises.

    As opposed to my fixed lens digital camera, which is my go to camera for events I'm prepared for in advance: family gatherings, vacations, something pretty in the yard . . .

    I call the Vogtländer the favorite just because of the gian

    • by JanneM (7445)

      I have an old VoigtlÃnder Bessa, and the results are pretty cool. But my go-to camera above all is my Pentax 67, with either 90mm or 165mm lens. It handles great and the results are wonderful. It's not the most portable camera in existence, but that's the only drawback.

  • by anyaristow (1448609) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @05:15PM (#42755191)

    The most useful camera might be the one you always have with you, or one that can be made ready quickly, and that's probably not a DSLR.

    • The most useful camera might be the one you always have with you, or one that can be made ready quickly, and that's probably not a DSLR.

      It might be but, then again, it might not. Sometimes, not having the right gear means that you don't have a shot. I don't mean: "the color is a little off and image is a little grainy". I mean: "what's that spec supposed to be?" or "what's that blur supposed to be". Quite often, it means "what's that blurry spec supposed to be?".

      My travel hobby is wildlife photography. There is almost never enough light as I would like. The subject is hardly ever close enough. I get good stuff with my 500mm lens on m

  • Light field camera (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/03/10/0113202

  • The closest I've found to a camera I really like is a fixed long-zoom lens with a digital sensor, like the Olympus UltraZoom line or the Fujifilm Finepix HS20 EXR (my current). The main thing I dislike about them is the lack of proper manual focus on them. Some of the better ones offer a manual override which (with the aid of some sluggish servos) let you set the focus wherever you want. But you can't just twist the barrel back and forth and snap the image into focus, or easily follow-focus a moving obje
  • A small, lightweight, almost weatherproof film camera, with an incredibly sharp 35mm lens. We have two SLR camera with several lenses, two digicams, two camera equipped smartphones , and a DSLR on the way, but none of them matches the joy and easiness of taking pictures with the small Olympus. Chapeau to the engineers who designed it!
  • by Bo'Bob'O (95398) on Thursday January 31, 2013 @07:30PM (#42756713)

    Because all three have different answers. I enjoy using a digital SLR camera the most, I can do lots of inter sting things and get the best results from a situation. My favorite image quality still comes from large format conventional film, but cost of equipment and processing is a barrier. While of course my phone camera is the most convenient.

    Broadly, my favorite camera is the one that gets me the picture I want. Sometimes that just means being "the one I have with me", but sometimes it takes good optics, pulling lots of light and having plenty of control.

  • I bought a DSLR with a 35mm sensor. After a brief flirt with a digital compact when my film camera broke down, I decided on full frame as the APS-C type dimentions looked really weird compared to film, and even more so on a computer monitor.

    The only problem is 35mm sensors cost many hundreds more than an APS-C sensor. but you got paid back for it with lovely images in the dark with much less noise.

    One thing that the switch to digital has done, is to allow more experimentation in photography, as you are not

  • compact wide format 35mm film camera. I waited for years to buy one, and now it's almost impossible to buy film, (35mm 100ASA slide file works best)

  • Mirror-less interchagable lens camera, that's where it's at. You can get them in crop or full frame (nex VG900) AND you can mount any full frame manual lens on them. I have an nex with a fuck ton of minolta lenses. They are cheap to buy and give you very good quality for your dollar. Cutting R out of DSLRs was the best thing that happened to digital cameras,

    • by wizrd_nml (661928)

      Agreed. Mirrorless cameras are the future. I like the Fuji x100 and looking forward to the x100s. Most of the power and flexibility of DSLR's, with sharper photos and in a smaller package.

  • Camera obscura. [wikipedia.org] Specifically, this [wikipedia.org] camera obscura.

  • brain receptors, and long-term memory banks.
  • by muridae (966931) on Friday February 01, 2013 @12:27AM (#42758345)

    Some days my 35mm Minolta x700 and digital Sony Alpha are in my bag, some days they are accompanied by the Kodak Stereo, JEM or Brownie vertical medium formats, Brownie Bullet, Holiday, or the Agfa Isolette (120 film horizontal). One day I'll finish building my large format camera. But the one that gets the picture is the one that's there when I need it. If that's the 8MP phone camera (I have interchangeable lenses on it, magnet mount rules), then that's what's there. Vignette on Android does a nice job of mimicking developing stunts like bleach-skip on slide film.

    If I have time to pick a camera, it depends on the subject. The 35mm and dslr are great for macro shots of lace work because I don't have a macro set for the medium or have finished the large format camera. They can attach to bellows, be adjusted a ton, and I've gotten a large selection of lenses for them (25mm to 300mm, lots of double/tripler rings and mount adaptors make that about 1200~1500mm). The vertical rolling medium format box cameras work great for outdoor well lit portraits in black and white, and the detail that 25~100 ASA film can capture on that large of a surface is huge. The other medium formats are nice for odd shots, quircky things, and odd development processes that may or may not work. Developing in instant coffee, for example, because who cares if the DOF sucks and the focus is out a bit when the process is going to distort everything even more.

  • And its a nice camera, big MP, big optical zoom, great battery, lots of features, like it a lot

    I dont love it though, its one of those flat rectangle jobs, which in my big ass hands means

    I feel like I am going to drop it
    My finger constantly covers the flash
    Its harder to get a good macro shot
    its button is pretty flush with the case making it easy to not really depress

    The camera I loved was a Toshiba, 2mp, 6x optical zoom, and was in the form factor of a scaled down (maybe 1/2 size 35mm) DLSR

    It had a pop up f

  • I wore out the shutter on my D40, (125,000+ photos)... so my replacement, the D5100 is pretty cool.

  • you insensitive clod!

  • by gatzke (2977) on Friday February 01, 2013 @08:08AM (#42759763) Homepage Journal

    We take Cowboy Neal along then later we ask him to describe whatever we saw.

  • by tanveer1979 (530624) on Friday February 01, 2013 @08:10AM (#42759767) Homepage Journal

    Where is DSLR - APS-C

    Much more popular than the Full frame 35mm DSLRs, and has been in existence much before the mirrorless cameras came into existence.
    The poll should have had the following options on the interchangeable lens space
    Full frame DSLR
    Crop sensor DSLR (will cover 1.5, 1.3. and 1.6 crop factor DSLRs)
    EVIL - Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens

  • Tried Canon, didn't like the reliability. Taken several thousand photos with the TZ5 and very happy with it.

    Panasonic is a sleeper company. Better quality & value than you would think. The Costco of camera companies.

  • I still use a 4x5" Cambo for still-life studio shots and occasional landscape. Still film because I can justify spending several years worth of mortgage payments on a digital back.

    I still love my Mamiya RZ-67 for portraits or any studio stuff I don't need perspective correction or scheimpflug correction.

    Pretty much everything else is my digital SLR or my phone. The latter I keep locked in my car and the former I have on me all the time so they are used the most.

    My favorite would likely be the Large format j

  • Bought it around 10 years ago. It fits into my motorcycle suit sleeve pocket so it's always with me on trips. The picture size is just fine for viewing on the 'net which is where a majority of my pictures end up anyway.

    I bought some Canon thing a few years back because it was on sale at one of the computer stores but it crapped out halfway through my motorcycle trip and I had to buy a cheap HP camera at OfficeDepot. Turns out if you increased the resolution to the max, you had to have it on a stand or it'd

  • SL66 [sl66.com]
  • I have a love/hate relationship with this cam though. Love the size, the viewfinder and even the 'retro' looks. But the slowness of the autofocus really hampers the experience of the camera. Especially in artificial light. Here's to hoping that X100s fixes the issue once and for all
  • Put another way, a good photographer can get a Pulitzer-winner with an Instamatic.

    Personally, I have a romantic attachment to b/w medium and large format.. haven't indulged in over 12 years.

    That said, the best camera's the one you have with you.. so yeah.. whatever's on my phone.

  • I still love my Nikon F2 that I got in 1977. Best 35 MM camera ever. Since it takes a DSLR capable of 24 MP to equal it and I don't have $2500 + laying around.... I stick with the heavy old workhorse.
  • Best bang for your buck is to find a decent Powershot that's compatible with CHDK [wikia.com]. It lets you shoot RAW, view histograms, motion detect, script for time lapse, etc. I've never been disappointed by Canon's quality. Now if I could just train myself to stop leaving the damn things in bars.
  • is the one you have on you when you need it. This is why I voted for "Whatever came with the phone"
  • by paleo2002 (1079697) on Friday February 01, 2013 @07:35PM (#42766953)
    I've trained a bird to carve images into a stone tablet, you insensitive clods!

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