Paul Pasco: Three things this camera (or one a little bigger maybe) should have: 1" sensor, CX lens mount and a hot shoe. Actually just the hot shoe seems like a necessity in this market. I know, no way will there be a CX mount on a Pentax. LOL
No it should not have a CX mount with a bigger sensor, cause then it would be too large.
raimaster: when 1/2.3" sensor on Q outperform most of 1/1.7 " camera (near to sensor 2/3" on X10), can mx-1 macth fuji x20 with sensor 2/3"? http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Compare-Camera-Sensors/Compare-cameras-side-by-side/(appareil1)/733%7C0/(brand)/Nikon/(appareil2)/722%7C0/(brand2)/Pentax/(appareil3)/683%7C0/(brand3)/Panasonic
Why do you believe DXO values? My experience is that they are pretty useless.
Timmbits: When you're a late entrant into this space, you'd better be offering something better than what is out there, or you're just inconsequential. Yet another 1/1.7" sensor... good grief! Fuji has been offering a 2/3" for years now, and Sony just came out with 1"... it's about time this category left the smaller sensors behind.
I hope not!A small sensor with a bright lens is an excellent combination that is hard to beat in terms of size and quality.
Tord S Eriksson: Why didn't your team use some better lens? You used the 10-30 which is known to be the worst of them that are available for the Nikon 1 system!
All shots look a bit flat, and compact camera-like!
I had great hopes for the V2, but these shots are, on the whole, totally uninspiring! So I'll have to live with my V1 - sigh!
The V1 is the weirdest camera there is, button-arrangement-wise, but a darling when it comes to take photos, with any lens but the 10-30!
Tord: Because they want to show what you get.At this price level, one can expect good quality from a kit lens. Most users do not buy additional lenses. But even with a better lens, I would not like the V1. I am currently testing one and it is quite disappointing. Handling is awful and exposure unreliable. White balance indoors and screen are very good, though.
Richt2000: Whats happened to the reviews guys? Nothing since dec 12th!Really gone down hill of late. Yea, I know, its free, and your reviews are the best, but one camera a month is pretty poor for 'the worlds best photography site'...
Why do you complain? Don't you think these people deserve some vacation, too?
Photomarcus: The fuji x10 has probably for me the best body. But if I compare it in terms of IQ with the others,it'sreally steps below. And it's a real shame because I love it. I don't understand why we can finf it in this roundup.I will have your opinion..
As you already said:It has a great body. Also a great lens that easily beats S110. So I think it deserves to be in this group.
schaki: Nice test, but really, why is not Ricoh GR Digital IV included? fixed focal length or not, it belongs to this group of capable compact cameras.Hoping to get a good explanation from Dpreview staff and not some 'it is too old' or similar answer, as it still is an actual camera model from Ricoh in the waiting of the GRDV which should be announced in the first half of 2013.
schaki, I understand that you are a loyal user of Ricoh, which is fine.But for what reason should the GX200 be included? I do not see a specific advantage this model offers over the others in the group.
Ben O Connor: "The Review of Olympus XZ-2 " soon gonna be the most well keept secret of the world !
Do you really need the review anymore? I think their summary already says it all: It is one of the best compacts due to its great lens, iq and handling.All you need to decide is: Should you exchange your XZ-1 for it?Unfortunately, even an in-depth-review will not answer this...
JavierDiaz: The Canon G15 is no match for the Canon G1X, but the G1X did not make it to this list. The G15 may have a faster lens, but it still is a regular "G" series camera with a puny sensor. Worse, it reintroduced the fixed LCD.
All the while, the G1X features a near APS-C sensor, with more resolution than the G15 to boot. And most reviews including DP's own, point out the quality of its photos can rival any Canon DSRL.
I'm surprised at DPReview's choice of the G15 over the G1X. The G15 is an elaborate, luminous "point&shoot" device. The G1X is a serious Compact Camera. Surely there is a mistake somewhere. Let me clarify I own a G1X and formerly I had a G11, so I am personally aware of the differences.
Javier,G1X is simply not compact anymore. It also suffers from a slow AF and a limited lens, so I doubt that it easily beats G15 in i.q.: It has less sharpness and clarity and often needs much higher ISOs because of its slower lens and lower d.o.f.In my opinion it is a rather useless design, because anyone who accepts its size should better take a mirrorless camera.
Jefftan: Hi, reviewerI wish dpreview will answer the age old question of whether one should buy an Enthusiast Compact or mirrorless with kit lens (NEX-F3,E-PL5...etc)
They are about the same price and what will give you better IQ?
There is no clear winner regarding IQ between compact and mirrorless.I currently compare a Nikon V1 and an XZ-1 and the former really struggles... Indoors - where you need lots of DOF - bright compacts can be excellent. But then there are those superb mFT lenses...One of my priorities is size and weight and an XZ-1/2 offers excellent versatility in a small and light package.
brelip: 24mm wide angle should be emphasized more. 28mm is just... well, boring. That's why Sony, Oly, Canon, Nikon is losing with nature/landscape enthusiasts. Fuji, samsung, and panasonic get it.
Cannot agree. If I want landscape I use panorama.I also find indoor and architecture more balanced with 28mm - distortion is less pronounced.
SeeRoy: "... I was known to be a micro manager.'"So, noticing frauds on the scale of hundreds of millions of dollars now amounts to "micro-management".
Yes it does, or do you think they simply booked some cheques with the text "bribes to yacuza"?
urbanplanner: For anyone who is using this list as a guide, I would strongly urge them to compare some of the images from these cameras to images from mirrorless DSLRS. With the exception of the Sony above, you will not get the same image quality (or video quality) from these cameras as you would from one with an APC-C sensor. Plus, you lose the flexibility of adding on lenses down the road. If a long zoom range and (coat) pocketability are must-haves, then go for it. But if you are like the majority of snapshot shooters and typically try to get wide shots, consider a camera like the Sony NEX-5N with a 16mm kit lens. Either way, just make sure you look at plenty of photo examples on line and see which camera produces the kind of look you like: bigger sensor = better looking photos with soft backgrounds.
Urbanplanner, the definition is given in the article.
Compare the FZ200 to a system camera with the same zoom range and you'll know which one can be called "compact" ;-)
tarnumf: And LX7 that is currently sells for $299 didn't make to "recommended" ???
$299?! This is crazy...
Here in Europe it costs $600... what a mean spread.
Jim: Why wasn'tt the G1X included?
My guess: Because it is not well balanced in its pros/cons.
javidog: X10 blows away any camera listed here. Please consider it if you are shopping for an incredible little camera with fantastic abilities.
X10 doesn't blow away anything.It is a great camera, but just a little too big, esp. regarding thickness.
This list is about compact cameras. System cameras are simply not small enough and offer only marginally better image quality. Besides, for most shooters little dof is NOT what they want.
OldDigiman: Isn't the G series sort of old tech by now?
Why? The G15 is the first serious G-model in a long time.
For those who can't for the full review:http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/olympus_xz2_review/
I hope you guys from DPR don't mind me posting this link. :-)
Elaka Farmor: XZ-2, LX7, S110, P7700. All very similar image quality. Choosing between these is more about personal preference, thats it.
If you want another compact with better IQ and higher resolution than these above, there is camera for that too.....
@MichaelKJ: You confused "low light capability" with "shallow depth of field capability". Only for the latter it makes sense to compute F-stops that are equivalent to FF.