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Paul. Just search for "dust in lens X10" or similar. You'll find plenty of comments.
Steppenwolf. Never thought of a CSC - certainly don't want to to get into changing lenses but, as you say, I may not have to providing standard lens is "long" enough. Though it might be a tad bulky. Will look into it.
Thanks again for all your input.
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Cases of dust a quite rare in camera`s with fixed lenses.
Another vote for the LX5 - superb camera, great lens and small enough to take everywhere with you. It also seems to give the pictures a really warm feel, compared to Canons I have owned in the past.
Interesting reading, I am looking into a good compact to back up my 7d and for use when a large camera can gain lots of attention. I luckily have slightly more to spend (up to £400) but am going crazy reading reviews and trawling auction sites etc. Do they all really have such big positives and negatives that appear in reviews? Honest advice seems the order of the day here G1-x, RX100, LX7 X10 XZ-2 I have considered them all. Don't really want a CSC so any help greatfully received. Thanks
All cameras are so good now that reviewers are picking up ever smaller details to show that models are different: yes the differences exist but they can get blown out of all proportion to their real world application.
All those models you describe are very good - the weakest is possibly the Canon G1X but that is based on AF performance rather than picture quality. How small do you want the camera (shirt pocketable? jacket pocket? manbag ?) Fixed lens or zoom lens? LCD only or viewfinder? How large will you view the images? I think you need to get to a camera shop with a memory card and try them all.
As for CSC, an Olympus EPM plus pancake is not much bigger than some compacts and you have the option of changing lenses if you want to.
If I was starting from scratch the RX100 would be my benchmark.
Quote: As for CSC, an Olympus EPM plus pancake is not much bigger than some compacts and you have the option of changing lenses if you want to
Yes CSC`s can be good and just as small fitted with the right lens, but you will loose out when want something with a bit of a zoom, even just 3 or 4 X will be pretty slow.
Here the GF2 is slightly smaller than the fuji x10, and perfectly fine if your happy living with a fixed focal length pancake lens.
LX7, XZ-2, x10/20 all offer very similar features, close macro focusing, advanced features using flash and so on, then there`s you Canon G series and Nikon compacts but these start becoming more bulky for compacts of similar spec.
You could also have a look at the Canon G15. I have just bought one for £275 and its brilliant. Simple to use, fast lens, both raw and jpeg, nice bright screen and manual controls rather than having to scroll through menus on screen. Altogether a great camera.
I has an Lx3 which I did not get on with, however my LX7 is superb, 1.4 lens, great handing and you have the option of a viewfinder which works a treat in bright light.
I never did thank you all for your input. Thank you (even though its very late...)!!!
So which one did you go for?
None of the above Mike! A Panasonic TZ25 actually. Funds were a tad limited at the time (or was just being "tight" more like). The camera is OK - not a technical description I know - but don't really enjoy using it and can't really give a rational reason why. Maybe it's because I don't find the menu system very intuitive. Have recently bought a s/h Sony A200 which inspite of it's DSLR bulk I find a joy to use. Controls fall to hand and it just feels more "natural" to use though obviously it can't be just stuck in a pocket. DSLR's and "travel zooms" aren't strictly comparable I know!!
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