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The Compact Camera Debate


StrayCat 16 19.1k 3 Canada
19 Oct 2014 9:25PM
Thought I'd start this.Grin

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SlowSong Plus
11 8.7k 30 England
19 Oct 2014 9:41PM
Well start then! Grin
Gaucho 18 2.8k 2 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2014 12:29AM
Oh, just finish it.
Ross_D 6 841 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2014 8:29AM

Quote:Thought I'd start this


In order to start a debate surely you have to make an opening statement relevant to the topic! (i.e 'compact cameras are crap' Wink or whatever).
Andy_Curtis 5 808 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2014 8:36AM
(i.e 'compact cameras are crap' or whatever).

Nooooo. I am looking for a pro compact camera to take with me to Florida, mainly for the Disney theme parks and so on as I can't see myself taking the OMD Em5 with we everywhere Smile
Ross_D 6 841 1 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2014 1:34PM

Quote:Nooooo.


Smile I was joking (of course !) -

but I know what you mean by not wanting to lug a relatively large camera round a theme park (especially in the heat/humidty of Florida).
DaveRyder Plus
6 3.9k 2 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2014 2:52PM

Quote:I am looking for a pro compact camera to take with me to Florida, mainly for the Disney theme parks and so on as I can't see myself taking the OMD Em5 with we everywhere Smile


My birthday present last year was a Stylus 1, ready for our trip to Florida.
A few shots in my portfolio.
It's reasonably compact and ready to shot very quickly.

If you want more examples let me know I'll add then vis dropbox.

Dave











mikehit 10 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2014 3:05PM
If the E-M5 is too big, then I don't think the Stylus 1 offers too many advantages in that department.

My ideal camera (if I had the dosh) would be the Sony RX100Mk3 or the Canon G16.
SlowSong Plus
11 8.7k 30 England
20 Oct 2014 3:27PM
I'd have gone for a G16 except it doesn't have the articulated screen; can't think why they didn't include it. I thought at first that would be a 5-minute wonder, but I do find it very useful now. Otherwise, a top compact.
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ChrisV 13 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2014 3:49PM
Don't know if it will be available at the time, but if you want to sacrifice as little quality as possible and have a bit of zoom, then the Panasonic LX100 looks quite hard to beat. Otherwise the RX100 would be current cream of the crop - very pocketable too. [and the LX100 whilst small is jacket rather than trouser pocket size].
20 Oct 2014 6:51PM

Quote:Nooooo. I am looking for a pro compact camera to take with me to Florida, mainly for the Disney theme parks and so on as I can't see myself taking the OMD Em5 with we everywhere Smile


you might thank the OM-D's weatherproofing if you're going during July / August...

we went to seaworld one day and got wet... seriously wet. never in my life have i ever been caught in
such a deluge. i reckon we were soaked thru' to the skin in less than a minute. i had my OM-D in a neoprene cover which i had to wring out. OM-D just shrugged it off Smile

Ste
Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
20 Oct 2014 7:06PM

Quote:If the E-M5 is too big, then I don't think the Stylus 1 offers too many advantages in that department.

My ideal camera (if I had the dosh) would be the Sony RX100Mk3 or the Canon G16.



The stylus 1 is fitted with a 28-300mm lens with a constant f2.8 aperture and its small enough to fit into a coat pocket.

Its even smaller than EM5 fitted with only ts body cap (no lens fitted)

Try doing the same with the EM5 fitted with a lens that covers the same focal range, you would find this impossible and the lens will also be a lot slower.

The stylus 1 also shares the EM5`s processing engine, menu system, rear tilting touch screen, EVF and also the same RC flash control.

If your a M4/3 user the stylus 1 will also have a few advantages over any other 3rd party compact in that it slots nicely into the M4/3 system.

If I was looking at getting a new premium compact my money would be on the new Fuji x100t or if I needed something with a bit of a zoom the new Fuji x30.
Chris_L 6 5.5k United Kingdom
20 Oct 2014 7:35PM
Just been looking at this full size test photo which was taken during Josh's review of the little GM5, it's got a really nice quality to it.

panasonic-lumix-gm5-flash-portrait-p1000084-14138015502.jpg



Can't think of a better compact I'd want (does the GM5 count as a compact?)

panasonic-lumix-gm5-flash-portrait-p1000084-1413801550.jpg

Paul Morgan 18 19.4k 6 England
20 Oct 2014 7:39PM
Fitted with the 14mm, 20mm or one of the new tiny compact kit lenses yes.
Coast 12 1.6k 292 United Kingdom
20 Oct 2014 8:50PM
Had a little play with the Stulus 1 and although I don't own it it would be my recommendation too for the range it gives. Also as an Olympus user already with your E-M5, Paul's point on it being part of the m4/3 system is true in terms of operation and menu etc. It will be intuitive for an Olympus user.

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