What Big Sensor Compacts Are M43 Users Using?

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What Big Sensor Compacts Are M43 Users Using?

I suspect some of you will find this one a bit odd, but here goes..... I'm thinking of adding a large sensor compact to the mix, and thought I'd ask here of all places. Simple questions for those of you who have a large sensor compact in the mix of gear you use? What do you think of it? What limitations do you encounter (beyond the blindingly obvious).

Obviously, I'm mulling over something to accompany my Micro Four Thirds kit. Having shot nothing but larger sensor cameras for the past few years, I suspect I might find a premium point a premium point and shoot annoying. What I've mulled over so far:

  • The Merrils (good grief, have youn seen a big print from one of these? Looks a tad specialised, perhaps?)
  • Nikon Coolpix A (good all rounder in my estimation)
  • Ricoh GR (ditto)
  • Canon G1X (cheapest of the bunch, zoom but with a smaller sensor)
  • Second user Leica X2
  • Leica X Vario (expensive, slow and tempting)
  • Anything else?

I think the Leicas tempt a little because both would take my VF-2 viewfinder. In other words, they would compliment my Micro Four Thirds kit quite well. But they're expensive. Do any of the other models have complimentary aspects to them? What about the rest? Am I wrong to dis the likes of the Panasonic LX7 and Canon G16?

What will I use this camera for? A general purpose walkabout for when I go shopping, and for when I'm sent on business trips where even a small system won't fit. Oh, and for having fun taking photos (wouldn't be much point if it wasn't fun).

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