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jimbouk66
jimbouk66  6
11 Oct 2012 - 1:20 PM

Hi all
Would appreciate your advice and recommendations on the following

I am looking for a compact camera that will shoot RAW, main reason is i do a lot of hill walking in the UK and the DSLR kit is a bit bulky to be hauling around, hence the need for a compact to compliment

Not looking for for tiny size but something small enough to pop in a standard rucksack with enough features to get by, although i use Nikon kit at the moment any manufacturer would be considered

Thanks in advance.

Jim

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KingBee
KingBee e2 Member 8329 forum postsKingBee vcard Scotland2 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 1:28 PM

If you don't mind buying second-hand, the Panasonic GF2 is an excellent camera - see my recent portfolio uploads for examples of the kind of thing it can do. I bought mine 2nd hand off ebay earlier this year for a few quid short of 300: this was a twin-lens kit purchase with 14mm pancake and 14-42mm zoom lenses. I've seen other examples on ebay recently, so they're still around, and probably cheaper too. The camera shoots Raw (.RW2) files so if you go for one you'll obviously need to ensure your post-processing software recognises this type of file. I know Elements 10 does because that's what I use.

Hope this helps.

mikehit
mikehit  56454 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 1:38 PM

How much are you wanting to spend?

For a true pocketable I would say the Canon S95/S100.
For a compact system camera, I would say the Panasonic G3 because it has the integral viewfinder but there are also the rest of the Panasonic series or the Olympus PEN. More expensive is the GX1 (with or without detachable viewfinder).
I am not keen on Sony NEX - although undoubtedly fine camers, I am put off by reports of their poor interface/menu structure.

duratorque
duratorque  11413 forum posts United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 - 2:33 PM

I highly recommend the Olympus E-PM1 M43 camera. You can pick one up at Jessops for 230 with the 14-42mm kit lens.

javam
javam  91083 forum posts United Kingdom19 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 2:46 PM


Quote: I highly recommend the Olympus E-PM1 M43 camera. You can pick one up at Jessops for 230 with the 14-42mm kit lens.

Or better still they are doing the twin lens kit (same + 40-150) for 280.

I bought an E-pl3 twin lens kit from them a couple of weeks ago to replace my G11 and I am very impressed so far. Not a pocket-able option without an additional pancake lens, but then neither was the G11.

icphoto
icphoto  131421 forum posts England
11 Oct 2012 - 3:33 PM

I use a Fuji F770, shoots Raw, plus offers full manual control, has built in GPS so it can plot your pics on mapping software. Nice image quality, in my opinion the only let down is the awful Fuji software, so use something else to process the images.

seahawk
seahawk e2 Member 7557 forum postsseahawk vcard United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 - 4:26 PM

Panasonic Lumix LX5 or the new LX7.

Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 10:14 PM

Second for the LX5 or the new model. Even better, the Leica D-lux equivalent. Lightroom recognises the RAW format, as does CS4 and up

Nick

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315347 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 10:20 PM

Or an XZ-1 or 2, or a Fuji x10.

redhed17
redhed17  8658 forum posts England
11 Oct 2012 - 11:40 PM


Quote: Second for the LX5 or the new model. Even better, the Leica D-lux equivalent.

Aren't they the same camera? You just pay more for the Leica version. Wink lol


I bought a Canon S95 for the RAW option and the size and I've been very happy with it. Smile

I really like the look of the Sony RX100 (unsurprisingly Wink) and the RX1 could be an amazing camera for the size.

Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
11 Oct 2012 - 11:50 PM

They are almost the same, but the firmware and interface are better with the Leica. Plus....it's a Leica! The red dot immediately marks you out as a discerning photographer rather than a happy snapper (and a poseur for paying 200 more for virtually the same thing!).

Wink

Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan e2 Member 1315347 forum postsPaul Morgan vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2012 - 12:07 AM


Quote: and a poseur for paying 200 more for virtually the same thing!

I believe LR is thrown in as well.

Sooty_1
Sooty_1 Critique Team 41207 forum posts United Kingdom198 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2012 - 8:31 AM

It is if you buy it new, but secondhand it usually seems to have disappeared from the packaging!

B_Real
B_Real  9126 forum posts United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 - 10:38 AM

+1 for the Canon S95/100/110

And +10 for the Sony RX100, its an amazing piece of kit, large sensor too Smile

parob
parob e2 Member 3parob vcard France71 Constructive Critique Points
12 Oct 2012 - 11:08 AM

The Canon Powershot G12 (latest 15) may be too small for your requirements, but do have a look at in in any case because it is a very powerful camera that shoots raw without a problem. In addition, it has an excellent zoom.

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