Anyone own a decent compact camera?

Pomgonwalkabout Pomgonwalkabout 108 posts

I have a Ricoh GX200 that I carry around with me when I don’t want to lug a DSLR but to be honest I am disappointed with the image quality, namely noise. Thinking of selling it and getting a Lumix LX5.

The new compact systems with exchangeable lenses look good Nikon V1, Lumic G2 but I want something more compact that will take a decent picture. Any ideas?

James Coard James Coard 387 posts

I have a GX200 and think it’s pretty good, I keep it at ISO 100 and shoot raw though. You might want to look at the Canon Powershot S series. I had the S90 which gave decent images with raw as well – but reports of poor battery life on the newer model apparently (S100).

Pomgonwalkabout Pomgonwalkabout 108 posts

Just got a Olympus XZ1 I’ll see how it goes. It seems to have a good writeup.
I shall put the Ricoh on that well known auction site!

Cheers

EOS20 EOS20 71073 posts

Good compact cameras:

Canon S95
Canon S100
Canon G12
Fuji X10
Nikon P7100
Olympus XZ-1
Panasonic LX5
Samsung EX-1
Ricoh GR IV

If you want something compact with good picture quality you might also want to conceder one of the mirrorless cameras:

Sony NEX 5n
Olympus E-PM1
Panasonic GF3

Pomgonwalkabout Pomgonwalkabout 108 posts

I looked at the Pens and the Lumix systems. Although an old model now, I love the Lumix GF2.

Manufacturers drive me nuts

The GF3 an upgrade to the GF2 does not have a viewfinder nor or a hotshoe.

The Nikon V1 has a viewfinder but no inbuilt flash

The J1 has an inbuilt flash but no viewfinder

Why do they do this!

The G12 and P7100 too big but nice cameras and have everything you need

Cheers

Mitch Labuda Mitch Labuda 7001 posts

Shhhh….it’s a secret. The money is in the add on’s, not in the camera alone.

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Shhhh….it’s a secret. The money is in the add on’s, not in the camera alone.

There you go, telling trade secrets :)))))

Pomgonwalkabout Pomgonwalkabout 108 posts

Correct. $211 for a viewfinder for the XZ1.
Still it’s next to useless just using the screen

Will Hore-Lacy Will Hore-Lacy 99 posts

I got an entry level Canon compact for ~$100, works great for me but it depends what your priorities are and what you want to take photos of. I wanted something smallish, cheap with decent image quality in good light. That said not having manual setting drives me mad sometimes…

Brett Rogers Brett Rogers 174 posts

Rollei 35…as compact as it gets, find one with a Sonnar or Tessar lens, gorgeous IQ.
Olympus’ original Trip 35 is another compact that is also surprisingly capable.
Regards,
Brett

Pomgonwalkabout Pomgonwalkabout 108 posts

I thought you were joking until I Googled “Rollei 35” I see it really is a small camera.
I bought a Olympus Trip from ebay, had some good fun for a while with that camera, then sold it again.

Dean

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:) Actually the Rollie 35 was a midsize Rollie

Brett Rogers Brett Rogers 174 posts

Joe, why did you do that? I want one, now…
Cheers,
Brett

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LOL There was a lot of interesting and cool cameras like The GaMi 16 and TESSINA CAMERAS

Mike Crawford Mike Crawford 64 posts

The best small film camera I ever had was a canon canonet QL17 rangefinder.
Sharp as a pin, silent, could hold it steady at 1/15…a street photographer’s dream.
The lens is wide-ish….roughly 35mm I think.
They are expensive now though.
http://camerapedia.wikia.com/wiki/Canon_Canonet...

I had a Canon G10 for a while…also very good, but not great for gigs as the sensor is just too small.

My girlfriend uses a wee panasonic lumix, which is great. I took this with it;
http://www.redbubble.com/people/progmike/works/...

My ideal camera would be a full-frame digital rangefinder that I come across in a charity shop for £20 lol

Mitch Labuda Mitch Labuda 7001 posts

“come across in a charity shop for £20 "

Could happen.

Way back when, I met a person who was selling a Leica M2 he got at a yard sale. 20$ was the price. I reached for my wallet, as another person skipped off with a big smile on his face.