Another what compact camera forum. What one should I get?
Makes some interesting reading. Seems to be the 2nd/3rd best compact reviewed on that site.Posted 4 years ago
Might pop into a camera shop and have a feel of one.woolheadMember
I’ve been more than happy with my Nikon p300 and it comes well under budget. You can take a look through the pics on my blog here, all taken with that camera through the last 6 months and just mildly edited (just cropped mainly)
the new version is the p310 and I’m sure there will be deals a plenty about with a quick google search.
Take care and have funPosted 4 years ago
I know its been done before, but I’m looking to get rid of my Canon 550d for a compact. I love taking photos, but just find that I dont take it out as its alot of extra kit to take.
Looking for something that will take comparably photos, around the £300 mark. Something fast enough to take mtbing shots.Posted 4 years ago
I have been looking at the Canon G15. Anyone recommend anything to me.
What was the results of the previous forums?wobbliscottMember
A couple of years ago I got a Panasinic Lumix z10 when my camcorder packed up. I wanted a decent compact camera with half decent video quality so I didn’t have to lug around two devices.. This has HD quality, and though I was skeptical at first I’ve been we’ll pleased with it. The video quality, though not BluRay quality is near as damn it full HD by the time my tv has up scaled it. Way better than my camcorder. It has GPS too which is handy. My digital SLR has hardly seen the light of day since I’ve had this too. I just can’t be bothered with it.Posted 4 years agometalheartSubscriber
I recently got a Canon S100 which is definitely compact and it shoots in RAW. Also can be used fully manual to.
It is definitely limited in comparison to a SLR (aperture for instance) but as a camera that fits in the pocket it’s ace.
I also have a G9 which is a bit of a beast in comparison (size wise) I think the G15 is even bigger.
Mine cost £300, seen it recently ~£280. Don’t know how available they are now though.
The S110 is around £380-ish now I think.Posted 4 years agomarkwsfMember
Whatever the latest incarnation of the Canon S90 is, fast lens, full (easily accesible) manual controls, shoots RAW, mine gets used mire than my 40D as its more portable (still prefer the 40D when I actually have it to hand though. I tried a G9 and found it was the worst of both worlds, too bulky to pocket but not actually an SLR either so I ended up with the two camera solution, ideal for me anywayPosted 4 years agolornholioMember
Canon S90/S95/S100/S110 (you can probably get the older models cheap on eBay). Fiddly controls but full manual and shoots raw. Truely ultra-compact, put it in any pocket any time. G13/14 etc and LX5/LX7 are too bulky to fit in many pockets. The “best” camera is the one you have on you all the time and will use.Posted 4 years agoJPcapelMember
have gone through same thought pattern as OP.Posted 4 years ago
Sold all DSLR now and have tried most of the Panasonic Lumix range.
The original GF1 remains brilliant and almost unbeaten by later models (GF2, 3 and GX1).
I now use a LX7 which for me ticks all boxes. Is pocket size.
Has full control.
Previously I had a GF3 with the 14-40mm powered zoom lens (X type) and this was the only set up I bothered using, so the LX7 seemed the right step to take given I didn’t ever change lens on the GF3.
I also have an older Lumix TZ8 which really is just a cheapy compact and nothing to write home about.
All the lumix range seem well built, easy to use, reliable, decent battery life, can’t fault them. Have heard the Sony RX100 is ever better than the LX7 but I don’t like the Sony menu’s/user function.
You can pick up an LX5 for peanuts now and they aren’t much difference to the LX7.nickjbSubscriber
I’ve had the LX3 for a few years. If/when it breaks I’d probably get whatever the latest version is. It’s a great camera. Loads of user control and easy to adjust without delving through menus. Just about small enough to pocket, I wouldn’t ant anything bigger. The Canon G range seem a bit big to be a compactPosted 4 years agobajsyckelMember
I still use Nikon (film) SLRs but like others above I love the S95 and would definitely recommend it (or whatever the latest incarnation you find) but for 2 significant things. Build quality and lifespan. The lens is really prone to damage regardless of how careful you are. Mine has just had the dreaded “lens error” message for the third time now and I’m not sure that I can face fixing it again – Canon are never interested in helping and a new lens assembly costs £50+ each time. Not a lot to keep a fantastic camera working, but it’s not a great help if you are stuck without a camera and you need it.Posted 4 years agoSimonRSubscriber
I had a Canon G10 which I really enjoyed using and gave great results but a scratched lens and general wear and tear prompted a change. After a lot of shopping around and reading reviews I went for an Olympus XZ-1 (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/OlympusXZ1). It’s been around for a couple of years and so there are quite a few really good deals – release of the XZ-2 has pushed the price down too. Comes up significantly lighter and more compact than the G10 (but still not pocketable like a S100). Nice fast lens too, shoots RAW, good scope for manual control and reasonable (for a compact) higher ISO performance.
Some recent photos here on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/simon_r/sets/72157633152673630/Posted 4 years agostumpy01Member
Nikon P7700 would get my vote. But, it works as a commander for Nikon flashes so I could use it for that which would bea a big sway for me.
I have got a Nikon P300 and almost went for the P7100 instead but it was not compact enough for my needs.
Given that you shoot RAW, is a compact gonna give you the results you want? My P300 is nowhere close to my D80.
Have a look at the Sony RX100. It has a large sensor & is highly rated.Posted 4 years ago_tom_Member
Whatever the latest incarnation of the Canon S90 is
+1, still really love mine, great little camera. Takes a few shots to get used to the shutter lag but then it’s perfect. Here are a load of pics I took with mine. Obviously not as good as a proper camera but as they say, the best camera is the one you have with you or something like that.Posted 4 years ago
Plan is to sell the 500D on ebay. Then use those funds to get something. There are currently a few Canon S110 for around £250 new, from the UK on there.
Seems like a good deal.
And yes, I love the DSLR, and yes its a downgrade in terms of image quality etc. But having a camera with you to take photos is infinitely better than not having it, even if its the best in the world right!Posted 4 years agosbobMember
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Couldn’t possibly use a camera without viewfinder.
I recently bought a cheap compact and an optical viewfinder was a must for me.Posted 4 years ago
It’s my first digital camera and I was amazed by the quality of low light shots, especially comparing them to people holding their much more expensive cameras two foot infront of them so they could see the little screen.
I would not recommend buying a camera without one.sandwicheaterSubscriber
Purchased a Canon S100 a few months ago and very pleased. Shoots RAW, Video and the image quality is V good. Can get for about £240-60 on some sites.
Did look at ebay option but UK Camera Store came up trumps, and a quick gander gets you the S110 for £280 plus postage.Posted 4 years ago
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