Whilst I usually lug my SLR camera on most outings, there are times when it would be a relief to be able to put a smaller camera in my pocket. I'm interested to hear what compact camera might be recommended. I'm particularly interested in the camera's macro capabilities.
I used a Samsung S1065 for a long time (a lot of my pics on here are taken with it!)....if you can still get one, worth the money. Between £60 - £80 online these days.
Dave, I'd be interested to know what flash setup you use on your DSLR? I've a Canon 350D with a 100mm macro lens and I'm experimenting with trying to get 2 basic flashes to fire on a bracket either side of the lens but it seems that optical slave flashes rarely work in bright sunlight.
I often just use the in-built flash, as it helps to fill in shadows. However I usually have to stop down 1-2 stops depending how close I am to the subject. I have a Marumi macro ring flash which is sometimes a useful addition, but despite it supposedly being metered through the lens, it burns out the image when I'm close to the subject. My Canon 40D will only stop down two f-stops which is not enough to avoid this. I've not tried slave flashes but have wondered if this would work. The Canon MT-14EX sounds like it would give better control - but is very expensive.
I saw a few excellent close-up spider shots taken with this camera together with a comment about how great the macro quality was. Reviews sound pretty positive too and its not that expensive - £130 on Amazon. Has anyone got this camera and can give a view?