Which small lightweight DSLR is the most versatile/least flawed?

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Which small lightweight DSLR is the most versatile/least flawed?
May 2, 2010

I like small, lightweight DSLRs. What I don't like however is that such cameras invariably seem to have one or another glaring flaw. Certainly the few I've tried and used fit into that category.

By small DSLR, I mean something in the same class as Canon's T2i or Nikon's D3000, i.e. smaller than 130x100x70mm. By lightweight I mean something around .5kg without batteries.

Glaring flaws would be things like:
1) High noise at ISO 800.
2) Lack of LV for tripod work and night photography
3) Inability to focus in low light (i.e. EV 3).

4) No good quality standard zoom lens of reasonable size and weight (can't weigh more than the camera!).
5) Poor battery life with rechargeables
6) No mirror-up or mirror-delay feature (for timed exposures)

So does anybody have a suggestion for a camera that fits these parameters? Obviously things like decent IQ at lower ISOs is a given...

Thanks! Cheers,

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