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Looking to get a Compact Camera


SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
20 Jun 2013 8:10PM
No problem. I can't understand it either. Anyway, I've now deleted the program as it was doing strange things when I tried to get into photoshop. If I decide to get the camera I'll bit the bullet and upgrade elements. Smile

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20 Jun 2013 9:51PM
Why not go for one of the super zooms available just now? Canon, Nikon etc. have got fantastic cameras that produce excellent results.

Canon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Canon-PowerShot-Digital-24-1200mm-Vari-angle/dp/B009ATJGY8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371679337&sr=8-1&keywords=canon+hs50

Nikon P510
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Nikon-COOLPIX-P510-Compact-Digital/dp/B0071L3M56/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371679506&sr=8-1&keywords=Nikon+P510

Olympus SP-820UZ iHS
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Olympus-SP-820UZ-Compact-Digital-Camera/dp/B0090E0QNS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371679476&sr=8-1&keywords=olympus+sp-820uz

All three of these will meet you needs without carrying bulky additional lenses and are compact enough to fit into a small bag.
ChiliMan e2
8 135 17 Singapore
21 Jun 2013 7:38AM
Superzooms are very handy but they're still small sensor cams. And noise will be an issue as megapixels rise. Depending on the processing engine's capabilities too. Also, as you zoom further and further, shooting speed will be slower and slower and images will be less good. Unless you use a support/tripod and provided the subject is hardly moving. Autofocus can be sluggish at higher focal lengths too.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking superzooms. I just got an SX500 IS for my mum and it's definitely a fun camera.

But if image quality is a concern, the images you get from CSCs will generally trump superzooms. And since this is a holiday which may not be repeated often, I would go for the possibility of better images.

Actually, when it comes to image quality and small sensor compacts, I had an Ixus 115 HS which took AWESOME images at the wide angle setting, even indoors. On full zoom (not much, just 100+mm, I think) it wasn't bad either.

But yeah...go with a CSC.

Just my two cents.
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
21 Jun 2013 8:05AM
I agree Andrew. I've got three compacts, but not yet a CSC. Smile
ChiliMan e2
8 135 17 Singapore
21 Jun 2013 8:16AM
I read the bit about you eyeing up the G5, Chris Wink

Tell you what got me, though, that overhead pic of the X10 Paul Morgan put up. Mmmm. Looks very good. I've never ever contemplated a Fuji, come to think of it. But no...I must look away...I will not cheat on my E-PL3 GrinGrin
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
21 Jun 2013 8:34AM
Watch this space. WinkWinkWink
ChiliMan e2
8 135 17 Singapore
21 Jun 2013 8:35AM
Nooo...seriously! You gonna get one?? Coool Grin
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
21 Jun 2013 11:53AM
I nearly did, but guess what? Went to Jessops - got to give them a chance - NOT IN STOCK!
Just like the old days.
maxpark3r 1 4
21 Jun 2013 3:44PM
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
21 Jun 2013 4:22PM

Quote:Tell you what got me, though, that overhead pic of the X10 Paul Morgan put up. Mmmm. Looks very good. I've never ever contemplated a Fuji


That Fuji sits in the same bags as my CSC`s or it gets used on occasions when I don`t want to lump a mixture of CSC bodies and lenses, or for doing a bit of strobist type stuff, when it comes to flash these little compacts have advantages, even over DSLR`s Smile

I order one of those cheap Chinese thumbs up grips to use with the x10, but I might have to order another, its really good on my GF2 Smile

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Have you checked LCE for the G5`s Chris.
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
21 Jun 2013 4:33PM

Quote:Have you checked LCE for the G5`s Chris.
Yes I did. Surprisingly, they're 50 dearer than Jessops and no sign of the free lens offer. I'll probably go to WEX.
Paul Morgan e2
13 16.1k 6 England
21 Jun 2013 4:42PM
The free lens offer is through Panasonic UK, not the stores.

What about the ex demo units through LCE at 349.
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
21 Jun 2013 4:51PM
TBH I'd rather have a brand new one, although I know it's a big saving. And they might remember me as the fusspot who returned the X10. Wouldn't want to do it to them twice if I didn't like it. Grin
ChrisV 8 878 26 United Kingdom
21 Jun 2013 5:00PM

Quote:TBH I'd rather have a brand new one, although I know it's a big saving. And they might remember me as the fusspot who returned the X10. Wouldn't want to do it to them twice if I didn't like it. Grin


If you're thinking about getting a GF5 go here . I got one from them the other week - 249 including the 14-42 PZ lens [that's much cheaper than Panasonic list the lens by itself]. You're not going to get a more compact package in a larger sensor interchangeable lens camera with zoom and at that price it's a steal. I'll probably go to Wilkinson's when I buy my G6 or GH3.
SlowSong e2
6 4.8k 29 England
21 Jun 2013 5:05PM
Not the GF5 (no viewfinder), only interested in the G5. Same price as Jessops and Wex, but thanks for the link.

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