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11-16-2014, 08:28 AM   #16
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I wanted to think career carefully about a response, because I've recommended dslrs to people who really didn't want to carry around something so big, when I really shouldn't have made those recommendations. From what you've said, it sounds like you really don't want the size and weight of a dslr.

Just to echo what others have said, micro 4/3rds (like the Olympus em10) is a very nice option, but only if you get a pancake lens. It'll probably set you back close to $1000 (body + pancake lens). There are cheaper options for the body, but not as feature-rich as the em10. In my opinion, if you don't get the pancake lens, then you might as well carry around a dslr.

If you're willing to give up the ability to change lenses, then high end compacts are a nice option. Canon, Fuji, Sony, etc... All with different pros and cons. Just remember that none of these are really pocketable either.

I like the appeal of a pocketable camera like Sony's rx100 series. It really is pocketable and has a larger sensor than some of the high end compacts. What you lose, I think, is the feel and ergonomics of a larger camera. The zoom is an electronic zoom, there's no viewfinder, and there're less dials and buttons. It'll be more akin to the point and shoot that you already have, but with a better sensor.

You should really be honest with what you're willing to carry. Aside from all the lens options and specs, if it's a camera you'll leave at home, you might as well save your money.

The problem with the Q is that it's not truly pocketable; the lens still sticks out too much to fit in most pockets. The problem with most high end compacts is that you'll have to carry something on your shoulder, either a small bag or the camera itself. This carries over to micro 4/3rds and dslr as well, it just depends on how big or heavy of a bag you want to carry. Micro 4/3rds seems like a really good compromise of size, weight, and image quality, but the lens protrudes too much for my liking.

Again, I think I echo what a lot of people say, the best camera is the one you have with you. It didn't really hit me until I started leaving my stuff at home and seeing other friends with dslrs leave theirs at home, all the while wanting better than smartphone quality pictures.

Last edited by ppppsssstttt; 11-16-2014 at 08:34 AM.

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