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« on: September 02, 2010, 06:45 »
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My main camera is a Nikon D300, but there are many occasions where a compact camera would be preferable due to size and weight. I am planning to buy a compact for 'snaps' when I go out with friends, etc., but if I can get one that could occasionally be used for stock too, that would be even better.

The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V has just won an award in Amateur Photographer, and looks to be a good all-round camera. But does anyone know if it is suitable for stock? I realise that skill, lighting etc., all play a part too, but if used correctly in good outdoor light, would the camera produce a stock-worthy shot?

Any advice, or suggestions of alternative physically small cameras, would be appreciated - thank you.


« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2010, 15:43 »
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sorry dont know. I am wondering about the sony nex cameras as they are the size of largish p&s but have a apsc sensor, and will easily do stock. (I also have the advantage that I can use an adapter and mount my alpha lenses)

lisafx

« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010, 15:53 »
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I had a similar question a few weeks back and got lots of recommendations for the Canon S90.   

I have been using it for a couple of weeks and am quite happy with the image quality.  It's definitely noisier than my DSLRs.  I wouldn't set out to shoot stock with it, but with some work in PS some of the images might be usable as stock.  It's very convenient for personal photos/snapshots though.

« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2010, 23:24 »
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My main camera is a Nikon D300, but there are many occasions where a compact camera would be preferable due to size and weight. I am planning to buy a compact for 'snaps' when I go out with friends, etc., but if I can get one that could occasionally be used for stock too, that would be even better.

The Sony Cybershot DSC-HX5V has just won an award in Amateur Photographer, and looks to be a good all-round camera. But does anyone know if it is suitable for stock? I realise that skill, lighting etc., all play a part too, but if used correctly in good outdoor light, would the camera produce a stock-worthy shot?

Any advice, or suggestions of alternative physically small cameras, would be appreciated - thank you.

Funny I have been thinking about doing the same thing - lugging my equipment around is starting to drive me crazy - I want to be able to shoot stuff I just happen to come across walking between meetings, say - and if a good stock image results all the better - I guess I am looking for a P&S I can carry everywhere including my briefcase and but won't tear my hair out because I lost an opportunity for a good uploadable image because I was carrying my P&S as opposed to me DSLR and lenses ... If all that makes sense  ;)

So any recommendations would be appreciated from me too ...

« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2010, 23:46 »
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I carry a G10 when I do not want to caryy a full size slr. Its good because it still shoots raw files. I believe the s90 also shoots raw

« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2010, 03:37 »
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I bought a Olympus Pen last Winter and i love it so much that i rarely use my D200 anymore.
All the micro 4/3s Cameras are fabulous in terms of size/quality and i can really recommend getting a compact EP-X or GF-X and the Panasonic 20mm 1,7 lens and you have an outstanding compact System which fits into my Jacket.
You also get Adapters for any System so you can use all the lenses you have if you want.
The E-P1 even outperforms my D200 in terms of high ISO.
The only thing you have to be attentive is slightly reduced DR (but for sure it wont be as much reduced as it would be with a smaller Sensor camera like S90).
I f you want to see some examples (sorry they are just private shots and no stock material) the following images are all done with the Olympus E-P1 and most of them with the 20mm lens:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lexius/collections/72157624417487817/
I hope this helps,
Regards, Alex

lisafx

« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2010, 15:31 »
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I carry a G10 when I do not want to caryy a full size slr. Its good because it still shoots raw files. I believe the s90 also shoots raw

Yes, it does, and has the same sensor as the G10, which was a big factor in my buying it.

« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2010, 17:54 »
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i've been usijng the sony HX1 cybershot  for stock for the last year, and for my needs, it's perfect.  the images get accepted by everyone but alamy, and the video sells on both pond5 and SS; it as a 20x zoom which is amazing

for me, the clincher is the 'low light' mode which is my default shooting setting - it takes 6 quick pix and averages to a sharper image;  i have neurophathy that often makes my hands shake, and my right hand is not very useful at any time, so this camera eliminates the need for tripod which is how i do most of my shooting.  i did some comparisons with my digital rebel xt when i first got the hx1 and ithe hx1 outperformed it  - agai n for my particular needs and types of images

the main downside is it only takes 9MP images, so there's not as much room for cropping, etc as there is w larger cameras

steve


 

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