wanted..... what?

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xcentricphoto Regular Member • Posts: 116
wanted..... what?

Suggestions please:

40D + 300D + various lenses do me well, but need a good p&s.

Have panasonic dmc-fx100 (well, wife does :-))

Needs (roughly in order):
compact (trouser pocket sized)
negligible shutter lag
image quality - best possible, up to A4 print size, maybe A3 at a real push
control (ideally, Av mode + others if possible)
wide angle (ideally 2*, but 35ish may be ok)
IS
low noise (chroma especially)
zoom: reach is good.....
Mpix - > 6 but don't really care apart from that
good build quality/suitable to be thrown about
RAW

G9 is a contender, but not quite wide enough
Panasonic TZ5 - noisy?
Olympus 1030 - tough but noisy in anything other than bright light?

thoughts/comments/contenders?

thanks!

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Zermelo Regular Member • Posts: 424
SD870 IS

xcentricphoto wrote:

Needs (roughly in order):

compact (trouser pocket sized)

ok!

negligible shutter lag

very good

image quality - best possible, up to A4 print size, maybe A3 at a
real push

very good

control (ideally, Av mode + others if possible)

good enough, quite flexible. chdk compatible

wide angle (ideally 2*, but 35ish may be ok)

excellent 28mm

IS

very very good. 2+ stops advantage

low noise (chroma especially)

so so... but correctly exposed you can go up to ISO800

zoom: reach is good.....

28-105 f/2.8-5.8 . not brilliant, but good enough

Mpix - > 6 but don't really care apart from that

8mp

good build quality/suitable to be thrown about

easily scratched, but very "strong"

RAW

only with chdk installed, but yes

I fully recommend that little camera, it really works!

It's not listed in the specs, but is very easy going, a joy to use. And the interface is very cleverly designed, ultra-quick access to all the adjustments.

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morepix Veteran Member • Posts: 9,421
Re: wanted..... what?

Don't forget, you can do a lot with handheld panoramas these days to make up for the limited range of 35mm.

xcentricphoto wrote:

G9 is a contender, but not quite wide enough

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Hernan1304 Regular Member • Posts: 156
Sigma DP1?

How about the Sigma DP1? If that had been out when I bought the G9, I might have gone for it instead. As long as you don't mind the prime lens with 28mm equiv f/4, seems like a great option and the sample pictures I've seen are very very good. Also, it has a 3x digital zoom, which might not be so bad considering you start off at 14MP, so even if you lose resolution to zoom it will still be a large image. This might help make up for the lack of optical zoom.

You could also take a look at Ricoh cameras.

OP xcentricphoto Regular Member • Posts: 116
Re: SD870 IS

interesting suggestion, thanks - nice looking camera too - will look more.....
you recommend that over the g9 then?

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OP xcentricphoto Regular Member • Posts: 116
Re: Sigma DP1?

Not hit my radar, but for me a p&s is for photos that require little else doing to them before they go onto the web/flickr/photobox - continually reviewing to see what I had actually wanted to capture and then cropping is just too much of a pain, I'm afraid.....

thanks anyway.

any g9 owners shouting out for theirs?

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jay Goldman Regular Member • Posts: 268
Re: Sigma DP1?

If you don't want to do any post processing, then why would you shoot in RAW. Such images almost always need something.

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OP xcentricphoto Regular Member • Posts: 116
Re: Sigma DP1?

Why shoot RAW when usually don't want to post-process? Because, on the odd occasion that a picture is worth the effort, then bejng able to have the flexibility of RAW to improve it is useful - but having to do it for most isn't worth the hassle - hence RAW wasn't top of my list, but was on there.

(I think that's the same for most people - we want a p&s that's no hassle but with more advanced features for odd occasions)

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jay Goldman Regular Member • Posts: 268
Re: Sigma DP1?

I understand your reasoning but if you shoot all in raw you will have to PP a lot of them to get anything better than a jpeg. I usually shoot raw + jpeg for that reason. I don't think that any pocket size camera (which the G9 is not) offer this feature.

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Zermelo Regular Member • Posts: 424
Re: SD870 IS

xcentricphoto wrote:

interesting suggestion, thanks - nice looking camera too - will look
more.....
you recommend that over the g9 then?

I have never tried a G9, but you can read in the forums that is not really "pocket size". That's why I recommended the 870, which is very pocketeable (in fact I have it in my pocket 24/7).

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Hernan1304 Regular Member • Posts: 156
Re: Sigma DP1?

Know what you mean about a true point & shoot - the G9 is a go-between. I would second the advice you got on the SD 870IS. Cheaper, and you should get some great snapshots from it.

james b norman Senior Member • Posts: 2,137
Re: wanted..... what?

what exactly do you find lacking in the FX100?

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OP xcentricphoto Regular Member • Posts: 116
Re: wanted..... what?

james b norman wrote:

what exactly do you find lacking in the FX100?

mainly, its hers..... but noise is a problem at low light levels, in particular. Plus not enough control over settings.....

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