Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

Summary: Some people only use their point-and-shoot cameras when going out or special occasions, while others can't leave home without them. Where do you fall?

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Some people only use their point-and-shoot cameras when going out or special occasions, while others can't leave home without them. Where do you fall?

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  • Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    I fall into that "Only on special occasions" category so I selected every few weeks because that's about right. I always have it with me in my bag but typically only use it for vacations and festivals and that sort of thing.
    Loverock Davidson
    • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

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  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    I also never leave home without it.
    jfhanson@...
  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    Does that include phone camera?
    rlarsen@...
  • The guy who got the snapshot of George Corley Wallace

    ...writhing on the ground, after being gutshot in a WallyWorld parking lot, jumped at the opportunity to collect the 10 Ginos the Wire service offered him for his snapshot. If he would have gotten paid royalty-style, he would have made 100 ginos, as just about every newspaper in Europe published the pix. All I want to see is ONE U.F.O....ca-ching! $$$
    Feldwebel Wolfenstool
  • I am a photo binger

    There are times when I will take up to 100 pictures in a day for a special event and there are times when weeks go by without taking a picture.

    I also use my camera to document projects that I work on outside of work. I take pictures of drawings to document progress and to have a current picture to help me analyze how the project is going. I draw illustrations and capture them on camera, this seems to work better than a document scanner.

    I don't use a cell phone camera unless it is the only camera around when I need a photo. My cell phone is owned by the company and does not provide for easy transfer of pictures.
    sboverie
  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    I hardly used my pocket camera, a fairly basic
    Panasonic Lumix, even before I got my Nikon D40 for
    one simple reason, it is just too slow. Pocket
    digital cameras hearken back to the days when you have
    to be still to take your pictures. They aren't good
    for anything except taking pictures of scenery or
    people who can remain still. So I found myself hardly
    ever used it because the times that I needed it, like
    my daughter's dance recital, at a party, wherever, it
    was totally useless if I wanted to capture something
    quickly. For that reason, I use my Nikon so much more
    often because it does what a camera could do, just
    take pictures whenever and wherever. For that, I'll
    put up with something more bulky.
    nothingness
  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    I purchased a Sony Cyber-Shot a couple years ago, for about $200. It shoots at 7 megapixels with a 3x hardware zoom, and saves to standard SD/SDHC media.

    Because it's so small and lightweight, I find I use it a lot more than the Canon Digital Rebel I've got. The Rebel takes FAR better photos, but it's too big to take (or sneak?) in to events like concerts, where "professional photography" is not allowed. It's too expensive to take other places, where you fear it getting damaged or stolen, too.

    I tend to only take a camera with me when I'm actually doing something special. (Most of the time, I'm busy working 2 jobs, or doing stuff around the house - so just not a lot of exciting things to photograph....) But yeah, I definitely find a "good enough" point-and-shoot digital that's small and thin winds up getting its share of use.
    kingtj
  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    I've got four digital cameras (ranging up to 12 megapixels), but my current favorite is a Canon 8 megapixel machine with 10:1 optical zoom. It does it all (though my pocket bulges a bit).

    Now Olympus has a real skinny Stylus with 10:1 zoom that is thinner than a deck of cards - so calling something a pocket camera no longer implies it has limited ability.
    1ceman_z
  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    I have a Panasonic FZ50 that I take with me when I go on any day trips, but I always have my Canon SD1000 Elf with me in a little case I have on my belt. It is such a compact (yet excellent) camera that it is actually smaller than my cell phone in it's case.

    The difference between a regular photo and that really great, or even that once in a lifetime (UFO? previously mentioned shot), is, simply put, having your camera with you at all times.
    brucelparsons@...
  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    I don't use a pocket camera because if it's worth taking a picture of, it's worth carrying a good camera to take the picture!
    Professor Messer
  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    Use dig camera daily; invaluable for capturing computer screens/error codes/setup details etc, etc.
    billmichie
  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    I usually have my Canon SD1000 with me just in case I see an opportunity (maybe those Aliens in UFOs) and also when using my Canon Rebel on planned shots as a back up should the SLR blow up.
    Phredom
  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    When I need a camera, I carry my SLR. I would rather my phone save the little bit of space, weight, and energy and leave the camera off.
    RedVeg
  • Often better than an SLR for nature macros

    Point-and-shoot cameras are simply amazing when it comes to shooting beautiful nature closeups. Every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday I take to the trails, shooting as many as 500 photos in a single hike between my very nice Pentax K20d DLSR outfit, and my snappy little Canon A480. The Canon is actually able to focus on a spider smaller than the size of a pea as it hangs in a web rippling in the breeze. It's shots are crisp, bright, and colorful -- and occasionally, if I do say so myself, worthy of National Geographic. If I only have a second to get a shot, it is clearly faster and more reliable than the DSLR.
    lastar84
  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    In my camera bag I have a Sony DSC-H50 and a Canon PowerShot A720IS and more often than not if I'm going to the local conservatory or for a walk along the river bank, I find myself reaching for the Canon for those close up nature shots. Point and shoot cameras seem to do a much better job with macro shots than the larger lens cameras such as my Sony, it's so much easier to get close up to a water drop on a leaf with a good point and shoot.
    That's my theory and I'm sticking to it.
    linuxer
  • Hardly ever...

    My last 4 mobilephones have had built in cameras, dating back to 2002... In that time, I think I've probably taken about 20 pictures.

    If I know I am going to be somewhere where I want to take pictures - going to a museum, going on a trip etc. Then I'll take a "real" camera with me, either a compact or my SLR.

    Just going out-and-about, I don't bother taking a camera with me. I just store the good images in my memory, where I can remember them whenever I want.
    wright_is
  • RE: Poll: How often do you use your pocket camera?

    My K800i phone was selected because it has the best available camera. I record documents, business cards, children and friends, and best of all, fishing catches. It struggles with backlighting, like all digitals, and lacks the ability to 'force flash' so cannot readily fill-in
    against backlight. It is my constant companion and is still working well after 3 years constant use. Produces surprisingly good 8x10 prints.
    Filmos