- High end compact camera
Olympus XZ-1 has a nice lens and sensor, works pretty well in auto but performs better when some of the manual controls are used when a quick exposure is required. f1.8 and a fair amount of zoom means you can control the depth of field well for a small camera. Good video too.Posted 5 years agodjgloverMember
After a new camera, don’t want to go full DSLR, mainly because of bulk and lack of interest in actual photography. But want something that will do good vids and pics and differentiate from the quality of the camera in my galaxy s, which I actually find quite good. Certainly better than my own old compact.
Anyway, so far have been looking at canon s100 and panasonic lx5. has anyone any experience of either or any other suggestions please.
TaPosted 5 years ago
I had this ponderance for a camera to take on bivy trips / climbing (when I didn’t want the weight of my SLR). Came down to the LX5 and S95 in the end (looked at the GF2 etc – they’re actually the same size as a small SLR with a proper lens on). The LX5 had noticably inferior image quality (look at a picture of some grass at ISO200 or something – turns to a muddy green mush on the LX5 but still blades of grass on the S95) so I went for the S95 – seems to work well.Posted 5 years agodribblingMember
I recently flogged my Canon DLSR to help pay for extravagant birthday for missus; part of that was getting her a nice compact. I researched like you wouldn’t believe and settled on an Canon IXUS 115HS…it is an incredible camera and although DSLR bring advatgages, as far as a compact images go, it’s fantastic. It’s also got some nice tricks up it’s sleeve that work; action shots etc. It’s NOT loaded with pointless gimmicks either and the panel on the back is clear, with a one button video function which should be standard on all cameras! Colour reproduction is excellent and the ease of use is to be commended. Only cost me 100 from John Lewis; plus they’re available in colours other than pink.
Google it; you won’t be disappointed!
All the best, RichPosted 5 years agomanitouMemberEdukatorMember
Before you buy the lumix cover the screen and try to use it, because in bright snowy conditions you can’t see an thing on the screen. Now accidentally press one of the select buttons and see if you can get out of the menu without putting the CD in a computer and reading how too. If you must buy it the first thing to do is not in the insutructions but the vendor told us it’s essential and he’s right – disable the GPS, that’ll cut random menus opening when it’s too bright to see the screen and all you want to do is take a picture but can’t because when the GPS menu is in the screen the shutter realease won’t work.
You’ll understand that I’m not too happy with the thing and regret not buying another Canon or HP, not to worry though, my phone takes acceptable pics just by opening the cover, pointing it in the right direction and pressing the release button.Posted 5 years agodribblingMember
Ixus offers bang per buck; unless you’re going to start fettling, in which case buy a DSLR!
A lot of compacts are very good now, but a lot are not. If you want point and shoot then go canon IMO.
Panasonic, sorry, Lumix are ok but have falings as mentioned previously.
If you think your camera phone takes good pics then I’d advise you stick with that, because it’s ISO, white balance, quality auto settings etc that comes into play with compact cameras and you’d be as well spending £100 on a good modern compact which will provide noticable differences over your phone, rather that over twice as much in a Canon S100, for which (and only judging by your original posting)..you won’t notice much difference!
One thing I would say irrespective on my views on manufacturer, is IGNORE megapixels, unless you’re planning on printing A3+ pictures.Posted 5 years ago
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