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Compact camera that shoots RAW

16 Apr 2012 4:04PM
Im searching for a compact camera that shoots in RAW mode as well as JPEG that i can carry around most of the time with no need of my heavy DSLR. Must be at least 14MP, decent zoom, not too bothered about video and a decent fast...ish lens oh and GPS! Any ideas whats out there? Money wise no more than 350!


Cheers Nick

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Big Bri Plus
16 16.3k United Kingdom
16 Apr 2012 4:24PM
Does it need to shoot in Raw ?
SlowSong Plus
9 7.2k 30 England
16 Apr 2012 4:24PM
16 Apr 2012 4:49PM
Three questions:

1. Why do you need RAW when JPEG is now so good.
2. Why do you want "at least 14Mp" on a compact.
3. Why do you want GPS.

The nearest you'll get is the S100 (see above) but you run the risk of selecting a camera for a lot of features and ending up with one that doesn't take good photos. I'd stick to 10Mp (or less) on a compact and I'd forget RAW and GPS.
Pete Plus
16 18.8k 97 England
16 Apr 2012 5:02PM
We still have a fair bit of work to do on our equipment database but you can get a fair idea of some of the cameras and our ratings of ones that have a raw mode.

Go to the digital compact cameras section.
Select file type and tick RAW and Raw + JPG from refine results on the left.
The go to the Sort by drop down and select highest rated.

That will give all the compacts we have in the database, with ones that we've reviewed and rated appearing highest on the list.

Anyone who's never seen this feature may like to help by making sure there camera is included and that all the spec is filled in. That way the cameras will appear when refine is used. For example in this case If the camera doesn't have RAW ticked in the database it won't appear in the search. And if we missed any cameras that have RAW they need adding or amending.
teepee Plus
14 1.3k England
16 Apr 2012 5:03PM
try this watched it on qvc last week Fuji F770 16MP 20x Superzoom can shoot in raw

worth a look

david (dlp)
16 Apr 2012 10:24PM
Canon G12 or Nikon P7100
Big Bri Plus
16 16.3k United Kingdom
16 Apr 2012 10:46PM
My G12 should arrive tomorrow, but it's not 14 mp Sad
16 Apr 2012 10:58PM
Steppenwolf, i want to shoot RAW because i shoot in RAW, i want GPS because i do, but i could do without and maybe i could go down to 10 MP. So after looking online i'm down to 3 - Panasonic LX5, Canon S100 or the Fuji F770......hmmmm which one????
16 Apr 2012 10:59PM
David, what did they say about the Fuji and what are your thoughts?
Guin Plus
6 1 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2012 9:59AM
Panasonic DMC-LX5. Excellent compact. Only downside is no viewfinder and the electronic viewfinder available as an 'extra' is another 180.00. It is worth trying without though as it is surprisingly easy to get used to the 'screen' view.
17 Apr 2012 1:36PM

Quote:Steppenwolf, i want to shoot RAW because i shoot in RAW

I'm glad that's cleared up.
strawman Plus
14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
17 Apr 2012 2:21PM
I guess for what you mention the S100 is a good match, myself when looking for a compact camera I wanted SLR like controls so aperture priority, RAW, exposure bracketing fairly fast lens to keep ISO level down, choice of manual or auto ISO, exposure control without having to dive into endless menus. I still find RAW gives and edge over JPEG in the S95 I own.

Other good cameras to think of are the Panasonic LX5 , the olympus XZ-1 and the S95. They are different so if user interface or any personal preference tips you to one or the other it is not a big issue as all work well.

Happy hunting.
hobbo Plus
6 1.2k 2 England
17 Apr 2012 3:10PM
I have the wonderful RAW, SHOOTING LX5......it only has 3x zoom which can be a bit frustrating at times which is why I keep an 18 X zoom JPEG shooting camera in my jacket pocket.


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