Old 02-22-2012   #81
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Leica D-Lux 5 / LX 5...
Small enough (fits in my jeans pocket), great lens, 1:1 format... always with me since I got it...
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Old 02-22-2012   #82
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I can understand the definition of P&S as having to include auto-focus. For me, however, I don't limit it thus. Just my view.
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This is a very popular point and shoot camera that offers excellent image quality, and also gives you the ability to shoot 720p HD videos. Low light performance is also adequate, though the battery life could be better. The design is pretty compact, but this makes it a little difficult to grip properly. Nevertheless, the 10MP resolution, the 3.0 inches LCD screen and the ton of features available make this a worthy choice. At $449, this camera may be slightly pricey, but its quality is unquestionable.
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Old 02-23-2012   #84
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For film I'd say the Olympus Stylus Epic--its lens is outstanding! I also picked up a Yashica T4 in near-mint condition from Goodwill for $3.99. Yes, $3.99!!!

For digital I use my Canon S100, an amazing camera that goes everywhere I go. It produces superb pictures and the quality of the pictures at ISO 1600 is very impressive. 3200 is also quite usable.
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I wonder what people will say about this, seven years after the original question.


Film: Contax T3, Ricoh GR1v, Minox 35 GT, or as Petronius has demonstrated, Rollei 35


Digital: available cameras that I like for pocketability include the Ricoh GRD III, Ricoh GR, and Sony RX0. Others like the Fuji XF10 or even the Canon, Sony and Panasonic 1" sensor cameras which were only just emerging in 2012. I have the Panasonic LX10, and it's a very versatile pocket camera, albeit too slippery. The Sony RX0 is basically a small block of metal, but it's tiny, silent and capable of high quality images.
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Since this thread was started in early 2012 some of the film camera models mentioned in replies have risen dramatically in price.

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I wonder what people will say about this, seven years after the original question.
Canon S95 & S100, still.
and nowadays, cheap.
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These days I’d say the Ricoh GR3 and the Sony Rx100 V through VII.
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I shot a photo with Kodak Ektar recently and I was blown away, it has an awesome lens. If you are looking for one try and go for double teeth version. I bought mine off of RFF and it won't load film anymore and I have put about 10 rolls through it.
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Add me to the XA group. The OP did say "pants pockets"....so for those who said Rollei35....you must be wearing sweat pants & not skinny jeans
To paraphrase Mae West; "Is that a Rollei 35 in your pocket, or are you just happy too see me?"
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Add me to the XA group. The OP did say "pants pockets"....so for those who said Rollei35....you must be wearing sweat pants & not skinny jeans
They are out probably way out of fashion - but cargo pants usually have a generous front pocket. The big gotcha is the Rollei 35 is not an automated, point and shoot camera.

With regards to the XA, its viewfinder is only marginally better than an early 1950'ies 35mm folding camera - but in its favor the diminutive Olympus is one of most light weight cameras that I've used - which matters if it is in a pocket when not in use.
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Solinar, I think the Rollei 35 is a great camera. I've used a few of them heavily over the years & have some great negatives. Pocketable is one thing they don't have going for them though....
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Solinar, I think the Rollei 35 is a great camera. I've used a few of them heavily over the years & have some great negatives. Pocketable is one thing they don't have going for them though....
Depends on the pocket, hehehe.

Into the term "pocketable" I read that it CAN be put in SOME pockets, but was not really designed for pocket carry. So maybe a big jacket pocket. Or pants pocket in a pinch, when you REALLY need that other hand for something else, just for a bit.

I carry mine in a small USA Tamrac bag from the late 80s, for an 80s era point & shoot camera. It has a shoulder strap, on which it is nearly unnoticeable, or a belt loop. I wear it on my belt on my back, where it sits mostly out of the way.

TRUE pocket cameras, such as a Stylus or Minox, probably will have viewfinders full of pocket lint in very short order.
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Just curious to see what you guys think is the best point and shoot that will easily fit into your pants pocket.
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..... what the OP said
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Add me to the XA group. The OP did say "pants pockets"....so for those who said Rollei35....you must be wearing sweat pants & not skinny jeans
To paraphrase Mae West; "Is that a Rollei 35 in your pocket, or are you just happy too see me?"
Nobody wears skinny jeans anymore.
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Nobody wears skinny jeans anymore.
are those the guys wearing camouflage w/ cargo pockets?
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A Vito II fits my pocket just fine
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are those the guys wearing camouflage w/ cargo pockets?
I'm at work and wearing O.D. green cargo pants - as opposed to camos. My Voigtlander Vito II fits with room to spare.
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The Yashica T4 Super D would be my choice for a pocketable (film) point and shoot. Sharp Zeiss lens, excellent fill-flash capability, and excellent meter.
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Add me to the XA group. The OP did say "pants pockets"....so for those who said Rollei35....you must be wearing sweat pants & not skinny jeans
The XA is a nice concept but the lens is just not good enough.

As for the "pocketable" aspect, I wouldn't want to carry any kind of camera in my pants pockets...

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Either of these are pants pocket sized and super easy too use! Battery life on the Sony is solid as well for the size.
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@Huss - that Nikon Lite Touch looks really cool. After a bit of reading, it sounds like it could be a great camera to have around. Do you still have yours? What do you think of it for general use?
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@Huss - that Nikon Lite Touch looks really cool. After a bit of reading, it sounds like it could be a great camera to have around. Do you still have yours? What do you think of it for general use?
Yes still have it as I just bought it a few months ago. It takes absolutely cracking pics, the lens is shockingly good. The camera itself makes you realize why it is called LiteTouch. It is very lightly built - and feels like you need to take care of it i.e. no rough handling/dropping etc.
I got mine NOS, just to make sure I didn't get an abused one. I've only shot one roll through it (as I have so many other cameras) but will definitely use it more.
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@Huss - that Nikon Lite Touch looks really cool. After a bit of reading, it sounds like it could be a great camera to have around. Do you still have yours? What do you think of it for general use?
I remember selling those new in the 90s. (I'm getting old, relating these kinds of stories!)

The people who bought them were ones who saw the value in a 28 mm lens, rather than a 35 or 40.

Olympus Stylus outsold it probably 4:1, as it was a much more elegant design. (not necessarily better pix though!)

I saw mentioned in a YouTube review somewhere that the first touch of the flash button canceled it, instead of having to press 4X, like others.
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I remember selling those new in the 90s. (I'm getting old, relating these kinds of stories!)

The people who bought them were ones who saw the value in a 28 mm lens, rather than a 35 or 40.

Olympus Stylus outsold it probably 4:1, as it was a much more elegant design. (not necessarily better pix though!)

I saw mentioned in a YouTube review somewhere that the first touch of the flash button canceled it, instead of having to press 4X, like others.
Yeah it's all about the lens with this camera. The results are something else. I could totally see how the Stylus outsold it as the Nikon's design - while now is elegant and simple - back then was boring and nondescript compared to the Stylus.
https://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/fil...0_qd/index.htm
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