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08-15-2010, 01:35 PM   #1
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pocket compact any thoughts?

I put this in the beginners section as I have no idea where else to put this one.
I was thinking about a small compact camera for the times when I don't want a SLR and lens/s to cart around. I was thinking the important criteria should be
a fast frame per second rate for those action shots you spot and a very good IQ so that I can crop and zoom and still get sharp images so the zoom size would not be so important. I suppose a decent anti shake,and either raw or high quality jepg output should be desirable as well..
So given this any suggestions anyone.
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Wow, you're in luck

DP review did two very intensive tests on 21 different compact cameras, both the bridge style and traditional compact style bodies, but they're all superzoom's so cameras like the S90, LX3/5 and G11 were left out

they're still good reads though

'Compact Super Zoom' Camera Group Test (Q2 2010) Review: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review
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I have a camera with me almost every time I leave the house...only about 25% of the time I have my DSLR...the rest of the time I have my LX3. I figured, if I am going to want to have a camera with me that is pocketable, may as well have the best one money can buy and after much research and thought, I chose mine. Never leave home with out it.

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My backup camera is a Panasonic DMC-ZS3. Nice small camera with a 25mm - 300mm lens. Good images especially at low ISO. Not super compact but small enough to carry along with me. It's inside my small shoulder bag and goes out with me at all times whether or not I bring along my DSLR. I also carry a small lightweight tripod with retractable legs.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Jasvox Quote
I have a camera with me almost every time I leave the house...only about 25% of the time I have my DSLR...the rest of the time I have my LX3. I figured, if I am going to want to have a camera with me that is pocketable, may as well have the best one money can buy and after much research and thought, I chose mine. Never leave home with out it.

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I too use an LX3, especially when traveling on business and do not have room for a dSLR. Its a good camera, and the pictures are wonderful. That said, the sensor is smaller, and there are differences when compared to what my K100 or K20 would do.

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Have you thought about a mirrorless camera? I think that would be ten times better than any compact, especially with shutter lag and burst speeds. The Sony NEX 3 is very reasonably priced and has the same size sensor as a dslr
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Have you thought about a mirrorless camera? I think that would be ten times better than any compact, especially with shutter lag and burst speeds. The Sony NEX 3 is very reasonably priced and has the same size sensor as a dslr
I have been wandering through the speculations about the new model(s). A mirrorless would be nice, depending on 1) the lenses it would accept; 2) stabilization; 3) its size/weight and 4) its performance.

But, what ever happens, its going to be a while before I get another body or camera. I hate to pay the new adopter premium, plus - I'll let everyone else figure out what it does and does not do.

I only plan on having a single line of lenses and as of now I only have k mount screwdrive. I really do not plan on having to buy new lenses for a new body. If everything works out well, I could see a pancake 40 on a mirrorless for travel.

But, I can wait - I also like the second generation better...
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I use the LX3 as a compact carry-anywhere camera as well... if you don't miss the tele end then it is a great option ...

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My go to everyday camera has to easily fit in a pocket, be rugged and waterproof, and do reasonably good video. The W20 has been doing this for me a bunch of years now.
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