Which Compact is best For Low Light?

Started Jan 14, 2014 | Discussions thread
Lumixdude Senior Member • Posts: 2,782
Re: Which Compact is best For Low Light?

There's really nothing in a compact/bridge that will meet your needs except the Olympus Stylus 1 which is slightly above your budge and the RX10 which is way above your budget. Entry level mirrorless systems will have a slow kit lens even if you could get the EPM1 or similar with a 40-150 it's not going to be good on the long end for what you want to do.

Your best bet here if your budget is really tight is to look at the Panasonic range. The LX7 has an F/1.4 which goes out to F/2.2 at full extension. The LF1 has an F/2.0 lens which goes out to F/5.9 but has more zoom. At 100mm the LF1 is only a couple stops slower than the LX7 but from there it tails off. On the other hand you can mount a teleconverter on the LX7 and have F/2.3 at 200mm.

The Sony RX100 is going to give you the best image quality in your price bracket, but without as many options as the Panasonic competitors. You can rule out travel zooms and the FZ200 really because the image quality sucks. There is nothing good to be had in attaching a long lens to a camera when the sensor is the size of a pinhole. The FZ200 is actually quite a hard camera to get any sort of decent pictures out of and at full zoom, your images are going to look like water colour paintings.

Either look at the Panasonic or Sony compacts or spend a bit more and look at the Olympus Stylus 1.

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