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Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Jan 5, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
The Canon s100 is my camera of choice right now. I carry it in a little case, slung over my shoulder on every pitch I lead and follow on my last two El Cap routes and Leaning Tower.

Check out photos from it here.
Max had a Canon G12 and I had an s100 on Lost in America.
Cheyne had an s100 on Shortest Straw and we each had one on Native Son.

https://picasaweb.google.com/116577194626817618731
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 5, 2013 - 07:33pm PT
I hadn't really played with the higher end of the telephoto range on the Fuji until a couple of weeks ago. The resolution for a $160 camera at 600 mm is pretty darn good.

Triet on Bird on a wire. First shot for perspective. I was using one of those $15 flexi minipods. Full frame , not cropped, chrome setting, levels correction in P shop and here at highest quality jpeg setting.

He's actually up out of the frame on the second shot.


Credit: TGT


Credit: TGT

It's not a pocket camera but still pretty light weight and if you have older eyes most pocket cameras now don't have viewfinders and using the screen is about impossible in outdoor lighting no mater how young your eyes are .
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Jan 5, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
Sharpness depends more on your photographic skill than the number of megapixels,

Ken Rockwell





AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 5, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
Decent glass really helps though.
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Jan 5, 2013 - 07:42pm PT
I have a panasonic DMC Zs8. works awesome.

I bought my brother a Fuji XP100 for Christmas. It is one of the waterproof, shock resistant models. He hasn't taken it out yet but the Christmas pics were good:)

BTW they do not have as much zoom but on a lot of the waterproof, shockproof, freeze proof models (Fuji XP, Olympus Toughs etc) the lens does not extend out. I'll let you know when he gets out with it.
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Jan 5, 2013 - 07:46pm PT
Decent glass really helps though.


Of course, with everything being equal. I would take a great photographer with good glass vs a good photographer with great glass anyday.

Fish Boy

Social climber
Squeamish
Jan 5, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
Another vote for the S100
The user formerly known as stzzo

climber
Sneaking up behind you
Jan 5, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
It's not a pocket camera but still pretty light weight and if you have older eyes most pocket cameras now don't have viewfinders and using the screen is about impossible in outdoor lighting no mater how young your eyes are .

Though I often can't get a real good idea in bright sun, I can usually at least generally frame the shot. IMO, the worst thing about not having a viewfinder would be having a broken display in the middle of a trip.

I used to like Canon Powershots, but after comparing photos, I went with a megazoom Lumix with Leica lens. I kinda miss the small size of the powershot. Don't take the new camera up as much.

One of the best things about Canons is CDHK.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 10, 2013 - 03:48pm PT
http://www.primotronix.com/tron/product_info.php?products_id=20587&osCsid=30f9a0cd9f1484c025b4f6ff53eca789

thoughts?


and that isn't to take the place of this:

http://www.primotronix.com/tron/product_info.php?products_id=20660&osCsid=30f9a0cd9f1484c025b4f6ff53eca789
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Jan 10, 2013 - 05:43pm PT
Looks nice Nature. It's an updated version of the rebel body I have. If you want video it only does 720p but other than that.. Now you just need some glass! If you want a cheap all around option you could pick up the stock 18-55mm canon lense that everyone sells and pick up one of these bad boys,

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/256058-REG/Canon_8030A001_WD_58H_58mm_0_7x_Wide.html

It's pretty much my setup but better.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Jan 10, 2013 - 05:47pm PT
I don't know sh#t, but I bought this for my gf.



We like it so far.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 17, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
i've decided.... sorta

should I go with the S110 for $339 or the S100 for $269?


and I'm also probably going to get the dSLR as a starter body. and then sell both my right and left nut plus first born for a good lense
Bruce Morris

Social climber
Belmont, California
Jan 17, 2013 - 03:31pm PT
The Canon s100 is my camera of choice right now. I carry it in a little case, slung over my shoulder on every pitch I lead and follow on my last two El Cap routes and Leaning Tower.

Mark Hudon is right on target. After pouring over 50 reviews of all the P&S contenders (Sony, Nikon, Canon etc. etc.), the Canon S100, all features and benefits considered, is the best choice of pocketable cams for action sports like rock climbing. That is, unless you want to get the latest: the S110, which is essentially the same as the S100 except it has a GPS too.
Texplorer

Trad climber
Sacramento
Jan 17, 2013 - 03:59pm PT
I have the older version (S95) of the canon S100 or S110 and like it. It can take pics in RAW format if you do editing and overall is just a nice small camera.

For a little bigger and better camera I have the Panasonic LX-7.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 17, 2013 - 04:05pm PT
I like the looks of that panasonic.

though if I was going to step up in price I'd probably lean towards the Sony RX100.

The one nice thing about the Canon cameras is underwater housings come from the factory.

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=823936&is=REG&A=details&Q=

I do need to shoot RAW
k-man

Gym climber
SCruz
Jan 17, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
The S100 is smaller than a pack of cards.

I'm curious about the difference in picture quality between the S series and the G series. Mark, how did Max's shots compare to yours?



Also, my S100 (nice X-mas present!) has GPS, so I do wonder what the S110 adds.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 18, 2013 - 02:04pm PT
thanks everyone for the input.

the S100 it is. After that the housing and a strobe.
ClimberDave

Trad climber
The LBC, CA
Jan 18, 2013 - 04:48pm PT
The Canon s100 is my camera of choice right now. I carry it in a little case, slung over my shoulder on every pitch I lead and follow on my last two El Cap routes and Leaning Tower.


I recently read your report and thought the pics, esp. the panos to be pretty awesome.

I have just started looking at a p & s as well and was looking at the s110 and G15 and a little at the G1 X .

All look good and have positives and negatives the S110 looks to very compact and has a wider angle at 24mm vs 28mm on the others, but I REALLY do like to have a viewfinder. I cant always see the LCD display in bright sunlight. And not sure I want to have a touch screen for the controls.
selfish man

Gym climber
Austin, TX
Jan 18, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
another vote for S100 or whatever the current version is. I've had S90 (which has a few issues that got fixed in later versions) for a while. It does not look too sturdy but mine survived many chimneys just clipped to my harness (in a soft camera bag) while my clothes got ripped. Image quality is superb and for still images I don't even bother with bringing DSLR most of the time
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jan 25, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
my s100 just arrived. very impressed so far. really impressed.
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