Check out the sony hx9v (4.5 stars from 100 reviews on a very popular online retailer site). For me it was the best camera i could find that was a compact. I didnt consider the nex as a compact to be honest. Ive just taken it travelling round costa rica for a month and it survived some harsh environments. The photos ive managed to take have impressed everyone. Cant recommend it enough. There are newer versions of the camera now though, albeit based on the same design.
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...and save a bit more if necessary.
Keep them coming.
Fuji X100? Prices may drop as there is a new version due, iirc.
Synology NAS + ATV2 > ADM9RS
I have just been looking at the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens (40mm equivalent) for micro 4/3rds.
There are good reviews and it is not stupidly expensive. (Has a filter thread so I can protect it with a UV filter.)
Obviously getting a matching camera would blow my budget, but at least it ticks all the boxes as a lens. This one might do the trick and isn't too expensive. (Keep the 'kit lens' as a spare.)
I was initially lusting after the 17mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko lens, but it's £400 and I can't find anyone saying nice things about it.
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If you can strech a little bit further to the Panasonic GX1, the ISO performance is quite a bit better.
GX1 Body only @ WEX
Comparison of GX1, GF2 and GF3 sensors
Paul's BR/805 system thread
(where the photos live) Paul's Flickr page
I know someone who will be listing a mint GF1 with 14-42 kit lens on ebay soon... It's probably had less than 1000 shots on it.
Fujifilm X-100. A bit over budget, but compact, fast 35mm equivalent lens, big sensor.
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I use a Canon G12 a lot and, apart from the sensor, it's very similar to the G15. It's a fantastic compact - solidly built and, in my opinion, intuitive if you have even a little photographic experience. I have to disagree with the earlier poster about picture quality - mine is very good. Dependiong on situation / circumstances I also use a Nikon D90 (mostly with 18-200mm lens) and a Leica VLux 3. As you would expect from a rig costing about 3 times as much, the former delivers much better results than the G12 but, to be honest, at the same equivalent focal lengths you would be hard pressed to see a lot of difference between the Canon and the Leica.
Hope this helps.
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Thanks. I once had a Canon G9. It was very good but everything looked a little too smooth and polished. (RAW converted in Adobe Camera RAW as I used for everything else including NEF).
Using jpeg it didn't do skies at all well (lots of 'blown out' areas that simply didn't happen on my other digital cameras whether compact or DSLR).
I used to find myself avoiding shots with skies (jpeg) or using RAW then applying my own ND grey grad on a layer afterwards.
Given that I am a bit of a landscapes junkie, the G9 got sold in favour of a Panasonic LX3.
I dare say this has all changed now in the three 'generations' since my old G9. (Hopefully.)
Chebby, I guess the moral is to always stick with RAW - a bit of a pain with the subsequent processing but generally worth the extra effort. Write times used to be a pain with RAW files but I don't see that as a major issue with more modern kit.
I used a G7 before I got the G12 (still got it, in fact) and, yes, skies were sometimes disappointing but that goes for a lot of digital cameras. With the G7, you didn't have the RAW option but, hey, that's why the gods gave us Photoshop!
Let us know what you get and how it works out.
Here is an example from the G9...
In order to get the sky right I ended up with a 'blown out' chalk path (very little detail) and trees that were too dark. (As usual I metered from the grass.)
An example of a shot from my old Nikon D70 (again metered from the grass in the foreground) where I just shot in jpeg because it was my first digital camera and I was too scared to use RAW/NEF. (As I still didn't know what to do RAW files back then.)
I was in John Lewis this morning.
They have a 'clearance' offer on a black Olympus Pen E-PM1 camera 'kit' with 14mm - 42mm lens and hot shoe mount flash.
£199 with two year guarantee. Sealed box. (Not s/h or a repair job or ex-display.)
These kits were £450 in autumn 2011 when new. Amazon UK are charging £249 (although it's a third party trader).
I have asked JL to reserve it until the end of Friday.
However, reviews are a bit mixed. Generally liked but a few quibbles about the user interface (especially if you like a bit of manual operation).
So I think i'll call them tomorrow and un-reserve it.
Just getting an 'iffy' feeling about it. Maybe not the Olympus Pen series' finest moment
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