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    ellaguru  3
    1 Jun 2011 - 6:39 PM

    Can anyone please recommend a high performance digital compact camera. Features should include high quality optical zoom lens and RAW format? Fo use at indoor concerts.

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    Carrera_c  5256 forum posts United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Jun 2011 - 7:28 PM

    RAW format limits your choices a lot, I don't actually know of any that have a high zoom AND raw. Canon S90/95 and the lumix LX3/5 go to about 90mm (35mm equiv). Those are all great cameras but if your wanting more of a zoom then you may have to go for an non-raw option.

    youmightlikethis e2 Member 121020 forum postsyoumightlikethis vcard Scotland
    1 Jun 2011 - 7:33 PM

    canon g or micro four thirds perhaps

    1 Jun 2011 - 7:36 PM

    If you're loking to photograph at indoor concerts (where flash is usually not allowed) then you need a much faster lens at the tele end, than the zooms that currently feature on digi compacts.

    1 Jun 2011 - 8:03 PM

    Not sure why you want a compact but, assuming there is an over-riding reason, then the following are probably the best available:

    Olympus XZ-1 (f/1.8 4x optical zoom, up tp 6400 ISO)
    Samsung EX1 (f/1.8 3x optical zoom, up to 3200 ISO)
    Lumix LX5 (f/2 3.8x optical zoom, up to 12800 ISO)

    All three shoot Raw.

    joshwa ePHOTOzine Staff 4604 forum postsjoshwa vcard United Kingdom
    1 Jun 2011 - 10:13 PM

    You could look at the F550:

    RAW, plus low noise modes (at 8mp).

    jondf  82475 forum posts
    1 Jun 2011 - 10:20 PM

    Panasonic LX5

    Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Jun 2011 - 10:33 PM

    What is your budget for this?

    LenShepherd e2 Member 62505 forum postsLenShepherd vcard United Kingdom
    1 Jun 2011 - 10:39 PM

    Nikon's P7000 has a form of RAW and a good zoom range with decent optical quality.

    stevie e2 Member 101198 forum postsstevie vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    1 Jun 2011 - 11:00 PM

    I'm no compact expert but I have a Canon G12 for times when I don't want to take an SLR and it would probably do most of the things you specify.

    1 Jun 2011 - 11:34 PM

    Canon S95. Pocketable, fab low-light performance, shoots raw, shoots 720p video. I've been ultra-impressed with mine.

    indemnity  6331 forum posts
    2 Jun 2011 - 1:31 AM

    In all honesty, I don't think there is one. From what is available, my guess would be one from upper end of Canon or Panasonic's range (bridge perhaps) as previously posted (Leica os glass). Biggest issue here I see is noise/iso. I use a Panasonic fz100 (has hot shoe) and a Leica as a travel cameras, very happy with them, but even with these iso400 is where I would draw the line for quality.

    Carabosse e2 Member 1139544 forum postsCarabosse vcard England269 Constructive Critique Points
    2 Jun 2011 - 1:39 AM

    Quote: micro four thirds perhaps

    I agree you should consider this - depending on your budget.

    The Panasonic GF2 is one of the smallest M4/3 cameras.

    petemasty  5155 forum posts England
    2 Jun 2011 - 10:21 AM

    I have the Leica DLux5 as a travel xcamera but it certainly wont cut the mustard because it's just too noisy above ISO400. I also have the Fuji X100, but alas no zoom (though low light performance is staggering.) Maybe a micro four-thirds is your best option if you want the low light capability with zoom.

    do tell us all what you chose.

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