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Taken with the Nikon Coolpix 950
Nikon Coolpix 950 review --- digital pocket camera


A small unobtrusive camera comes in very handy at times,
but don't get one with a plastic lens, 
and if you get hold of a good one, take good care of it.
There are many types and models available.  I prefer one that doesn't depend on batteries,
or at least one that's very sturdy, preferably with a metal body.
The ones listed here can be used successfully within their limits. 

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Nikon LT 1, very nice lens 35 to 70mm

           Nikon 35 LT -- a very compact 35mm with a fine lens, 35 - 70mm.  Auto-exposure, built-in flash.  Flash may be turned off, or set to slow synch.  Timer and red-eye controls.  If used selectively,  produces great pictures.   Easy to carry anywhere and is unobtrusive.    For better lighting, I sometimes use the built-in flash to trigger larger flash heads.

Fuji Discovery 80

Fuji Discovery 80  Basic point/shoot.   Built in automatic flash, fixed focus, decent lens.  A camera that delivers an excellent photo within limitations.  Main flaw is motorized film advance, which fails with age.  May have date back.  Lens cover very helpful.  Stuff it in a pocket or back, and go...No need to worry about theft...

Olympus XA miniature rangefinder camera

Olympus XA  --  very small, sturdy camera, and very collectible.  It has aperture priority with full range of f-stops and manual focus.  Detachable flash and a very fine 38mm lens.  Great for discrete photos and travel.  These are not made anymore but are very useful.  Unlike today's small cameras, it has a metal body.   Has +1.5 stop over-ride for back-lit scenes and self-timer.   Similar models without the full manual control are also available.

Canon and Konica, look alike but are very different

Canon  A35-F and  Konica  -- they look similar, but are quite different.  Both have built-in flash (very basic) Auto-exposure, maximum film speed to 400, and 40mm lens. Neither has a true aperture setting, that being selected automatically.  The Canon is a true rangefinder, though, with a very quiet, accurate shutter.  It is also built well.   I use it for unobtrusive street photography.   Very nice lens that accepts a 46mm filter thread, unusual on a point/shoot.  I also have a Canonet, which is a very similar but earlier version.  That camera does not have a flash, but does have a hot-shoe.   The Canonet allows you to set the aperture, or use an automatic setting. 

Also, Rollei  --
tiny 35mm, fine lens

Olympus Trip, Olympus Pen  --  the point/shoot of earlier days.  The Olympus has a good lens, but the Trip model focuses by using the scale on a dial.  Auto or manual, aperture priority.   Built of metal and has a PC (Photo cord) outlet for flash, plus a hot shoe.  Filter threads.  A similar camera is the Iloca, but not as good.


Canonet -- this model is only one of many that Canon made.  See their site Canon.com for a history.  A true rangefinder with a decent lens, it has a hot shoe and can be set to auto-exposure or aperture priority.  Another of the many small cameras that can deliver decent results.  Lens is a f2.8, 40mm and has filter threads. The metal body is sturdy. Smooth film advance.

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