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Replace my S95

User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 9:15PM
A friend impressed with my S95's stills and video quality has bought it from me. He's off to Ireland tomorrow for a big fancy housewarming party and then going on a trip to the South of France. He wanted to buy something today and he made me an offer I couldn't refuse.

I immediately ordered an S100 on Amazon, then cancelled it 10 minutes later. I'd forgotten to use a gift voucher and figured I could do with some more thinking time.

Budget is 375. What else should I look at?

Realistically it's got to fit in jeans pocket. I don't mind if it's a bit bigger than the S95 - so long as there's an advantage. Must have decent video. It's going to be the bloody Oly isn't it? Is it?

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User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 9:16PM
OMFG I'm going to become a mirrorless-lovin tw@ SadGrin
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
6 Jul 2012 9:26PM
Won't fit in your jeans pocket though.
Boyd 14 11.2k 11 Wales
6 Jul 2012 9:31PM
Maybe Chris wears those big baggy pants, gangsta style? MChris Hammerpants?
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 9:35PM
I'm starting to get into combat type trousers, not camoflague, but multi-pocket. I think it's going to depend on lenses. I need to get something wide enough for indoor use (say 24 equiv) with approx zoom of 70 equiv that I can leave attached all the time. Decisions, decisions. Damn Denny and his great bird shots
Sooty_1 7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 10:40PM
Panasonic Lumix LX5. Equivalent 24-90mm lens, shoots RAW, full manual override (as well as all those scene modes), takes filters (with an adapter that costs about 5), takes external flash (or additional viewfinder) and it does high ISO well. In short, you can use it like a point and shoot, or like an SLR, or anywhere between. And it shoots video.
Oh, and image quality is fantastic as it has a bigger sensor than most compacts.

I love mine, can you tell?

Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
6 Jul 2012 10:43PM
How ironic that I've just bought an S100. Maybe you should get an Ixus, Chris - i.e., reverse our positions! Grin

You'll need a biggish pocket to fit in the OM-D. I can just about get it into a coat pocket with the Panny pancake on. But it's too heavy to be comfortable.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
6 Jul 2012 10:56PM
Oh and just to say I thought long and hard about whether to replace my Ixus and, if so, with what. As well as the Canon S95/S100, I looked at the Olympus XZ-1, Panny LX5, Fuji X10, Nikon Coolpix things, Sony HX20 and one or two less serious contenders.

I came to the conclusion none were 100% perfect but ultimately I came down in favour of the Canon S100 (just edged it over the S95 because of video).

I do feel the S100 may be the last compact I ever buy because of advances in camera phones showcased by such as the Nokia 808 which beat the Olympus Pen E-PL2 in 'blind' image quality tests.
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
6 Jul 2012 11:04PM
Oh just had a thought.............. how about something like this . I think you may need to see it in the metal/plastic to judge size etc.
B_Real 12 126 United Kingdom
6 Jul 2012 11:04PM
Just above your budget but look at the Sony RX100. Same size sensor as the Nikon 1 series csc's. This appears to be the future of serious compacts that may just help fend off camera phones.




My local Jessops (Edinburgh) is getting some stock in mid July.
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2012 11:16AM
Thanks. That Sony, in particular, is very interesting
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
7 Jul 2012 11:25AM
Just to say, as I've said on another thread, the Sony RX100 is 36mm thick compared with 26mm of the Canon S100..... so you'll need baggy jeans if you want to pocket it. The pre-order price is 549 at WEX.
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2012 11:36AM
Things are getting worse. I've been looking at those Nokia phones. I might leave Android/Samsung and Canon in one go. Have heard fab stuff about Windows Phone
Carabosse 15 41.1k 270 England
7 Jul 2012 11:37AM
You mean the Nokia 808? An Android version would fly off the shelves methinks! Smile
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
7 Jul 2012 3:33PM
Been looking at them and see that some are Windows some Symbian. Apparently some of the Nokia cameraphones have real camera buttons, including half-press to focus. Might leave the phone for a year and just get the S100. How are you finding it CB?

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