My Favourite Summer Cameras

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a definite seasonal pattern in the cameras I use, and the type of photographs they encourage.

Broadly speaking, over the late autumn, winter and early spring, I favour digital compacts like my Ricoh GRD III and Lumix LX3, and their high contrast monochrome settings.

Come late spring, there’s a tipping point when I can no longer resist the lush greens and budding flora around me on my photo walks, and I switch to a predominantly colour output.

And for this, I turn to the trusty old CCD sensor Pentax DLSRs.

In the past I’ve had the 2006 flagship K10D, and its Samsung GX10 clone with the same 10MP sensor. Now I have the smaller K-m, which also shares the same sensor.

I also previously owned the little Samsung GX-1S, which again was a clone of a Pentax body, this time the *ist DS2, with a 6MP CCD sensor. That went a while back and now I have its successor, with I believe with the same 6MP sensor, the K100D.

Aside from the size of the images, I can’t tell the difference between pictures made with a 6MP and 10MP camera.


More recently, I’ve had greater success setting up the colours in camera with my later (2012) CMOS K-30, and this camera has the benefit of high contrast mono settings too.

But whilst more than acceptable, the colours and look of the photos made with the K-30 still don’t quite have the charm of those from the old CCD sensors.

Because of this, the K100D and K-m remain my favourite summer cameras.

How about you? Which camera(s) do you favour over the warmer months of the year, and why?

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6 thoughts on “My Favourite Summer Cameras”

  1. My Fuji S3 pro is producing lovely colours in the sunshine – particularly shots of the sea up here in the North-East of Scotland. But I am also loving the Olympus E-500 with it’s 8mp kodak sensor, and my old Sony A200.

    1. Interesting Tom, I had to look up that camera. Strange that Fuji built a camera based on a Nikon, I always thought they blazed their own trail. I have an S7000 from around 2003 I think, which is very impressive for its age. Oh I had a Sony a100 and a350. And some gorgeous old Minolta AF lenses!

      1. Yeah, it’s a quirky camera, massive and weird looking but absolutely lovely to hold and use – I just wish I could use all my old Minolta MD lenses on it!

      2. Ah, loved the Minolta MC/MD lenses. I had a lovely little collection a few years back, very classy glass and beautiful results.

  2. I recently got a Pentax K200D with that same 10MP CCD sensor, and took it to our Florida vacation last week. It worked great – it’s quite smaller and lighter than my failing K10D but still weather and dust sealed… which is important when you’re taking your camera to the beach!
    I haven’t looked at the files on my computer yet but I expect to be very pleased… this might be my hot weather camera. But one of my sons (my 9yo) already has an eye on it and wants to have it…

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