High quality compact to complement M4/3 system - any thoughts?

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dougjgreen1
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Olympus XZ-2. It's on sale currently for $299
In reply to NewGirlLiz, 7 months ago

NewGirlLiz wrote:

Apologies for starting a thread about compact cameras on a M4/3 forum, but am interested in the views of M4/3 users in particular.

I now have what I think is a pretty wonderful system for my needs. (EM1 + 12-40, 40/150 & 75-300 lenses.) I would like to top off my collection with a super quality compact to chuck in my pocket any time when EM1 & lenses aren't available for any reason.

Apologies if similar discussions have taken place in the past but am seeking any views based on current selections of high-end compacts as the perfect complement to my set up.

I'm considering the following...

Fujifilm X20. I really like this, but have issues with the viewfinder not fully matching up with what the lens sees - especially close up - and also being partly obscured by the lens at widest angle. Could I get over this for the sake of a really nice camera that is a joy to use?

Sony RX100 ii. I keep reading about how wonderful this camera is, but I have had one (brief) play with it and just didn't feel excited by it at all. It just didn't feel like an enjoyable camera to use. It's pretty expensive and for that amount, I feel that I should love it, and I didn't.

Olympus Stylus 1. I haven't had my hands on this yet but I wonder if it's a great compromise of features?

Any views on these or any others I should consider?

Many thanks
Liz

It's nearly got the IQ of the Sony RX100 II, for far less money.   It has a better lens, and significantly better ergonomics for serious shooters than the Sony RX100 II.   Very comparable to the Fuji X20, but noticeably less costly, and without a VF that has framing issues.  You can add an Olympus VF-2, 3, or 4 to it that will have the correct frame.

Basically, same IQ as the Stylus 1, but you lose the long end of the telephoto range, and the built in EVF.  The lens is faster and slightly better than that of the Stylus 1 at the wide end.  You can add back the EVF separately, and still be looking at over $200 in savings compared to the Stylus 1.

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