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morleyjel
morleyjel  5 United Kingdom
2 Jul 2009 - 9:32 AM

somebody please help i have a very good dslr which i use all the time, but i would like to purchase a good compact to carry around all the time especially in the evenings, must be good quality and not totally auto so i can mess with it as i would my slr ta jerryAdd a topic!

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conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2009 - 9:41 AM

My wife bought a Canon Powershot G10 recently, and it's a wonderful compact, with all the necessary manual options, RAW, and many handy extras.

Something new from Olympus that interests me a lot, is this model. Something in between a compact, a DSLR and a bridge camera. Great choice if you want something smaller but with interchangeable lenses.

montechoro
montechoro  112340 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2009 - 9:43 AM

Panasonic Lumix TZ7 and LX3 are well worth researching to see if they match your needs.

Fuji Finepix F200 EXR is getting good reviews.

Canon IXUS range are also very good - so many to choose from - depends on your needs and budget really.

Charlie Waite used some LX3 images in a magazine shoot this year.

Last Modified By montechoro at 2 Jul 2009 - 10:13 AM
roxpix
roxpix  102236 forum posts Scotland11 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2009 - 10:12 AM

I picked up an 'as new' second hand Fuji s7000 for my daughter the other day which impressed me with its features etc so the second hand market may be worth a punt to get value for money
(Fortunately I was able to verify that it had been sitting unused for the last 4 years, so it really is like a 1 year old camera with low use in terms of wear & tear)

Re Canon I've still got/use my G3 which has the manual funtionality so as mentioned the latter 'Gs' will suit too

MattGrayson
2 Jul 2009 - 10:23 AM

I concur with the previous posts. I've linked to a few ePHOTOzine reviews so you can get an idea of what they do. I like the Panasonic LX3 but feel that it sharpens a bit too much on JPEGs. The Canon G10 is a nice camera and easy to use. Has a hotshoe too. I liked the Fuji F200EXR for its features thanks to the new sensor.
I suppose it could depend on the DSLR system you're using too.

Fujifilm FinePix F200 EXR
Nikon Coolpix P6000
Canon Powershot G10
Panasonic Lumix LX3
Ricoh GX200
Ricoh are cool but I feel they suffer from noise issues.

Hope this helps! Smile

Last Modified By MattGrayson at 2 Jul 2009 - 10:51 AM
camay
camay  7120 forum posts Scotland3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2009 - 10:26 AM

I bought a Fuji F200 EXR a couple of weeks ago, it is getting rave reviews, my only gripe is that it doesn't have a viewfinder. But very good results, has some control (though not total) and is said to be one of the best compacts as the light gets poorer, because it has a slightly larger sensor.
Lynne

montechoro
montechoro  112340 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jul 2009 - 10:31 AM

The Panasonic TZ 5 and Fuji F100 fd being discounted at the moment - my wife adores her Panny and takes it everywhere - great results.

It really depends on what you will be expecting of the sensor and feature set for your budget.

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315596 forum posts United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 - 1:40 PM

I'm in a similar position - looking for something to stick in my pocket when I don't want to lug my DSLR gear around. I have a G5, but it's bulkier than what I really want. How does the G10 compare on size ?

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315596 forum posts United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 - 1:49 PM

Matt, how do the ones you linked to compare to the Nikon S630 ?
I'm looking at the S630 for 3 reasons:
it needs to be SMALL
fast reaction time
I have 22 cameras, but no Nikons (yet)

Cheers

conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 1:49 PM

Slightly less bulky, but then it doesn't have a swivel screen. Lots of other wonderful extras, though.

conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 2:01 PM

To be precise, here's a comparison in metric dimensions:

G5 121 x 74 x 70 mm

G10 109 x 78 x 46 mm

Big Bri
Big Bri  1315596 forum posts United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 - 2:50 PM

Cheers Conrad. Will the G10 go in a pocket then ? Smile

conrad
conrad  1010877 forum posts116 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 2:58 PM

In a big pocket, Bri, yes. Wink

Seriously, though, it's a much flatter design than the G5, and therefore more "pocketable". Still quite wide and high, but it does use a lot of that space for a relatively big lcd screen, which is handy.

Last Modified By conrad at 6 Jul 2009 - 3:00 PM
Big Bri
Big Bri  1315596 forum posts United Kingdom
6 Jul 2009 - 3:11 PM

Hmm. I really want something much smaller. Guess I'll have to pay a visit to Jessops to try some out.

digicammad
digicammad  1121988 forum posts United Kingdom37 Constructive Critique Points
6 Jul 2009 - 3:22 PM

The Pentax is worth a look, it's about the only one with a 5x optical zoom.

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