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Good Stock-Grade Pocket Camera?

It's not always feasible to haul around the "good stuff" so it'd be great to have a pocket camera that produces professional/stock grade images.

Forum searches in old threads talk about models no longer on the market so I will appeal to the wisdom of fellow Contributors.

Thanks for all thoughts and suggestions!
Nikon D800, D100, Canon G15
Posted: 10/16/2011, 16:47:15 PM
I think the closest thing to what you want in the market are the 4/3rds.
f/4L Canon EF 70-300mm IS/USM f/4-5.6 Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM/Macro ...
Posted: 10/16/2011, 21:28:48 PM
Micro Four-Thirds, that is... Four-Thirds is a DSLR system, Micro Four-Thirds is the compact mirrorless system.
f/2.8-3.5 SWD | Zuiko 14-54mm f/2.8-3.5 | Vivitar 100mm f/2.8 Macro |...
Posted: 10/17/2011, 00:22:27 AM
I think Micro Four Thirds cameras are faraway from pocket cameras. Some of the cameras that can fit in your pocket are : Canon S95, Ricoh GR Digital III or something like that.
Pentax K-X, Wacom Intuos3
Edited: 10/17/2011, 03:53:57 AM
I would recommend either the Nikon P7100 or the canon G12 as they have full control for focus, aperture and shutter but I recommend you buying a dedicated flash as well.
Posted: 10/17/2011, 09:51:48 AM
Any of the Canon G series cameras are excellent. Check out this portfolio, most of it was taken with a Canon G9. She only recently bought an SLR.

Canon G9 portfolio

This blog from last year also highlights other pocket cam users here Work with what you have

I'm currently using a canon G11, but I haven't uploaded here in nearly a year, too busy with family stuff.

Edited: 10/17/2011, 14:43:58 PM
I'd look at the Olympus XZ-1 or Panasonic LX-5. Both have fast lenses which really make a compact work for stock, in my opinion, by avoiding the need for higher ISO and allowing more motion stopping shutter speeds.

I own the Canon G12 and Panasonic GH2 and use both for stock, but the micro four thirds options are not pocketable unless you pick specific lenses. Don't get me wrong, I love my GH2 with 20mm pancake and slip it into a large coat pocket, but for stock I need some zoom ability.

Now that Panasonic has a power zoom pancake lens it might be truly small in size when combined with the GF3 or the new Olympus Pen Mini - but still has a slower max aperture (f/3.5-5.6). Something like the G12 is nicer to use than most P&S, but offers no image quality advantage over the much smaller Canon S95 or S100, and loses a stop on the lens aperture as well...

This is a recent upload with my Panasonic GH2, which is similar in quality to other recent m4/3s offerings:

   Fresh corn   

Or this assignment entry:

   Retro photographer   

This is a G12 shot:

   Round wood   

The bottom line is that just about any larger sensor P&S will do if you just want it for moderate wide angle shots in outdoor conditions. Micro four thirds won't really give you much advantage, in my opinion, unless you start getting into lenses beyond what comes with the kit.
f/2.8 Pro, ZD 50mm Macro f/2...
Posted: 10/17/2011, 14:45:31 PM

Originally posted by Neddog:
Quoted Message: Micro Four-Thirds, that is... Four-Thirds is a DSLR system, Micro Four-Thirds is the compact mirrorless system.

You are right, Micro Four Thirds.
f/4L Canon EF 70-300mm IS/USM f/4-5.6 Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM/Macro ...
Posted: 10/17/2011, 20:10:10 PM
Fuji X100
Posted: 10/24/2011, 07:30:03 AM
I didn't want to recommend a camera I hadn't used - but the Fuji X10 is very nice to use :) More versatile for stock than the X100, though image quality is lower. I'm finding the X10 does as nice a job as micro four thirds with the kit lenses.

No RAW support in Lightroom/Adobe yet, though... :(
f/2.8 Pro, ZD 50mm Macro f/2...
Posted: 11/07/2011, 11:30:39 AM
I just recently purchased a canon G12 because of the control over shutter and aperture. I am pleased so far with he quality. It is small enough to travel with, I have been taking it everywhere I go and am having fun playing with it.
Nikon D90 with 18-105 mm, 35-80mm, 60mm micro and 18- 250 lenses.
Posted: 11/22/2011, 21:10:12 PM