Everyday pocket cameras?

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I have a tiny Fuji XQ2, it shoots RAW, has a fast f1,8 zoom lens, and is a genuine shirt pocket fit. and as we are posting examples here are two I made earlier.
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Your basic answer for a small pocket carry-everywhere camera is the Ricoh GR series... but it will ruin you for everything else with its image quality and handling. The older models are fairly cheap - the GR Digital series with small sensors can be had very cheaply second hand, and I have run across quite a few folks online who still use one.
 

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I have an old GF2 and 12-32 lens that I use on occasion as my point and shoot. It's small and light and not worth much anymore so other than selling it for nothing, I use it occasionally for that purpose.
That's my wife's primary setup!
For me it's a gx1 with 14 or 30 prime, occasionally the 12-60 when a bit of tele sounds like a good idea.
 

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I have an old GF2 and 12-32 lens that I use on occasion as my point and shoot. It's small and light and not worth much anymore so other than selling it for nothing, I use it occasionally for that purpose.
Bigger than a P&S, I use an EM10 + 14-43EZ.
I don't really care for the EZ, but makes for a small/compact kit, though not as small as the P&S.
 

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I got a G9X silly cheep and am very pleased with the image quality I get out of it, the only downsides being no hot shoe and no eye level finder oh and carrying it in hand just after a shot it has a habit of changing settings when the touch screen is touched.
 

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I've gone full circle on this. I upgraded to M43 from P&S. I loved the IQ improvements but sometimes missed the convenience of a compact. I thought an EPM1 and P14mm was the way to go, but I didn't gel with the EMP1 and found the fixed 14mm too limiting. I then bought an RX100 mk1 which, whilst it had it's share of compromises, could produce a decent image from a small, pocket-able form. I used the RX100 for over 4 years, but during that time 3 things happened; My kids grew up, mobile phone cameras evolved and I bought a GX80 & 12-32. I no longer have to accompany my kids at events or activities, and when I do join in, my phone camera is now generally good enough. In fact, often it's even better than my RX100 was.

For a while, I was considering upgrading my RX100 to a newer model, but then I realised that everything I was looking for in a newer premium compact, I already have in the GX80. Instead of spending around around £1k on a new camera, I spent £10 on a small case that will take the GX80 and 12-32, my current premium compact.

I do also have a TG-5, but I'm not sold its IQ. I reserve that for underwater and adverse weather.
 
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I’ve just ordered the Olympus TG-6 will use it whilst trekking and on some holidays I think.
 

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Do any of you have a camera that is shorter, slimmer, and lighter than your typical mFT camera that you bought for taking anywhere and everywhere?
I have an RX100 m3. It’s my travel camera and it’s fantastic.

However, for around town, anywhere and everywhere it would not be my choice. It’s a ton of “tech” crammed into a tiny, fiddly package. For travel, I’m willing to compromise for the sake of small and light. It hangs on a shoulder strap, remains on (or sleep), evf out and generally the only thing I change for hours is the aperture and FL.

For an everyday carry, I want ease of use, big buttons and simplicity. Not having to deal with pulling it out of whatever dust and lint free environment it’s in, a long press on a microscopic recessed on/off button then having to wait for the lens to move into position. You want to use the evf? That’s another slide button, then grab the back side of the evf and pull into position. Assuming your settings are appropriate for the shot, you can now capture a moment that’s no longer there.

Smart phones and crops or difficult lighting don’t work. Even the real expensive ones.
 

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@pondball , I havent really given it much thought, but am quite content and will probably not be adding a dedicated small camera for EDC in the near future. I will be pondering my use of the phone for a bit and will try to jot down some thoughts around it as well as some example shots, given some time. :)
Have changed my train of thoughts and am now pondering some sort of pocket camera.

Having looked over the phone pics, the ones I like and worked for is few and far between. The grab and go stuff is technically "good" but menial and the phone will suffice for that memory aid stuff in the future, but I could very well see myself putting some more effort in day to day photography with a proper pocketable camera. At least, that is what I tell myself in the GAS light...
 

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Don't laugh but i'm still using and carry Olympus XZ-1 :biggrin:. In fact this little camera is my first interaction with Olympus. After that i won photo competition and get EPL2 and so on so on so on.

I love this pocket and bought it 3 times. The first one, my father lost it during travel to Singapore. The second one, my sister borrowed and she damaged it. The third one, is the one that i hold now.

The first XZ-1 is the black colour ones. The second is the white colour ones. The third is the gold colour ones.

The weakness of this pocket camera is it's CCD sensor. it produces beautiful colour but if we talk about ISO performance, at ISO 400 already "screaming". But if we talk optics, this compact has the outstanding ones. I had RX100 Mark III last year but in term of sharpness, XZ-1 kills it. I sold the RX 100 by the way. Plus i also love the colour this camera producing.

Here is some daily shots using XZ-1


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Olympus XZ-1
I love it can close focus. At that times no many pocket camera can do this

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My Old Tag
Olympus XZ-1

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It can super macro too
Olympus XZ-1


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Beef Donburi
Olympus XZ-1

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