Sothoth: This is a horrible review. A $249-649 price range? All shoot RAW but one? The FZ200 is a "compact?" Where is the LX7, S100, and a few others? Where are the image samples? I think this is a waste.
Hmm. Not sure stating an opinion on a forum makes anyone a troll, but I certainly respect opinions contrary to my own. It's indeed my opinion that this "round up" leaves a lot to be desired. Regardless of the classification of a camera as "compact" it seems hard to imagine most users thinking of that one as compact. Also, stating in the text why you are comparing things with such a wide range of price and functionality doesn't get anyone off the hook for a bad round up, it makes we wish they had gone into more depth for each category. It's my strong and humble opinion that the round up is fairly useless to me.
@Neo, I'm not sure I get your point.@Kerry - I didn't dismiss it. I looked at all the cameras they recommend and researched them a bit. Nothing wrong with any of them but surely not fitting of DPRs usual high standards.
If it were me I'd divide the review into three categories to compare the compact zoom in the $300 price range separate from the high end compacts that shoot raw and have reasonably good optics (G15, LX7, etc) and had a category for fixed lens that aren't so compact. I'd have shown sample images and compared ergonomics and controls, and described what it's like to use each for a week or two, rather than superficial "here's the best" when the pool is too broad to really be useful as a comparison.
Just seems lacking to me.
This is a horrible review. A $249-649 price range? All shoot RAW but one? The FZ200 is a "compact?" Where is the LX7, S100, and a few others? Where are the image samples? I think this is a waste.