Just a note. As a person who can no longer lift his camera to his eye to use an optical viewfinder. (Spinal surgery injury) I ordered a Nikon P7700. My top 1, 2,3,4,5 because of the fully articulated view screen. My feeling is there's lots of information on the internet. Even though DPR inexplicably chose not to do a complete review, other great sites have. The top five compacts are the top five that fulfill your particular needs.
Harry Stone: Thanks for a nice review, kids. Due to physical problems I have to give up my beloved Canon 40D and EFS 17-55 f2.8 and EF70-200 f4. The Nikon P7700 will, I believe, allow me to continue shooting with only a minimal loss of quality.
Thanks, Tord, I really appreciate your advice. My spine is my primary problem and an eyelevel view finder is not as valuable to me as an articulated screen.
JavierDiaz: Of course many good cameras had to be left out of this short list, but I'm surprised at the choice of the Canon G15 over the Canon G1X (ignored).
The G1X has an almost APS-C sized sensor while the G15 features about the same small one than its predecessors G11 and G12 albeit with more resolution. Worse, the G15 reintroduced the fixed LCD long fased-out on the G series.
Granted, the G15 has a faster lens than the G1X (not by much, mind you), but as a current owner of a G1X and formerly of a G11, I'd always choose a larger sensor over a big aperture.
DPReviews's choice seems weird to me indeed.
Faster lens, longer lens, cheaper price, The G15 fits this grouping well.
Thanks for a nice review, kids. Due to physical problems I have to give up my beloved Canon 40D and EFS 17-55 f2.8 and EF70-200 f4. The Nikon P7700 will, I believe, allow me to continue shooting with only a minimal loss of quality.
Gerbear: I can live with Coolpix if the review is great. I'm still waiting...
Ain't we all. :(
I was hoping for an actual review before the end of the world, since this camera has been in your hands for so long, but I guess it's not to be.
This is my favorite site so please don't take this the wrong way. I find it difficult to understand why you recommend the XZ-2 which you have not reviewed over, say the Nikon P7700 which has the same size sensor and a 7x zoom. I also find equally difficult to understand how a camera like Canon's G15 (I own a Canon G1 and a 40D, so I'm not anti Canon!) which came out almost one month after the P7700 gets fast tracked into reviews and recommendations.