my dream camera

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my dream camera
Jun 6, 2011

Body not much larger than a Canon S-95.
Optical viewfinder in addition to LCD.
Four-thirds sensor, or something in between four-thirds and 1/1.63".
Max aperture f:2.0 (or brighter - f:1.8, maybe?).
4x optical zoom (or better).
Metal body with the nice "retro" silver/leatherette look.

Fully manual operation (in addition to the usual automatic and programmable modes).
RAW recording mode (and of course JPEG).
Price around US$400, up to $500.

I don't care much about most of the rest - video, for example need only be adequate (if it even has it). GPS is a frill, bluetooth is a frill, etc. Software should be adequately quick and well-behaved (i.e., no weird noise reduction, white balance, jpeg compression, or sharpening algorithms). No crashing, please! UI should be acceptably user-friendly.

I suspect that a large sensor could place some constraints on the lens, with the consequence that fitting all this into a body smaller than a Panasonic LX-5 would be difficult, especially if it has an optical viewfinder.

But could all of this be done? I really want this camera. Please, someone just make it.

Thanks for listening.

I own:
Canon S-90 (my current favorite all-purpose camera)
Casio EX-Z750
Casio EX-Z850
Sony DSC-W130
Nikkormat FTn with too many lenses to count
Minox 110S
Olympus E510
Olympus XA
Olympus Stylus and Stylus Epic
I had a Minolta "Talker" that used to say "too dark, use frash". Great photos.

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Casio Exilim EX-Z750 Casio Exilim EX-Z850 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W130 Canon PowerShot S90 Olympus E-510
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