Michael, when you say the manual focus was useless, do you mean that it was
difficult to operate, or that it was difficult to tell when it was focused? I
think there are very few compacts, if any, that have a focus ring, so most
require button pushing which is always awkward.
Most, if not all, have insufficient resolution in the viewfinder to tell when
they're focused, although this may no longer be true.
I suspect that your requirements might not be achievable in a compact camera.
Have you looked at any of the small sensor, mirror less detachable lens cameras?
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> On 24 Feb 2015, at 11:38 pm, Michael Hunter <> wrote:
> Apologies for the last message, it's somewhere in my IPhone .
> I am had a Panasonic compact with 24x optical zoom which was lightweight,
> hung around my neck on a shortened strap, above the Swarovskis, leaving both
> hands free, didn't catch on vegetation was easy to use for simple recording
> BUT it had an almost useless manual focus so that instead of the head of the
> bird in back of the tree it focused on branches and leaves.
> It drowned in the humidity of West Papua, while taking pics of Wilsons
> BoP from a hide, I got one exposure of that incredible bird. A new Canon
> with super zoom on that trip also seized up.
> So does anyone actually know of (reading the specs on Camera
> Warehouse or talking to their experts ain't enough) a lightweight
> humidity-proof compact with fast and precise manual focus on a 24x shake
> compensated lens?
> Sent from my iPhone
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