Getting things started...What defines a serious compact?

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Djarum, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
    Real Name:
    Jason
    So thats the question. What do we define a serious compact? How many have taken a basic point and shoot and pushed it to its limits to get excelent images? How many love the idea of the LX3, G11, or even new Samsung TL500? Are mFT cameras serious compacts? Whats the expectation of the quality of these cameras? What compacts or serious compacts over the years have provided satisfying results?

    I own two compact cameras, a panasonic FZ3 and a Canon A560. I have gotten excelent images with both. The FZ3 IMHO really got the ball rolling on small sensor superzooms(yes, there was the FZ1, but it wasn't as good). The canon A560/A570 both were small compacts that gave users the taste of what a serious compact can do.
     
  2. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2010
  3. Dwig

    Dwig New to SC S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 10, 2010
    Key West FL USA
    In general, I agree with Amin's definition for "compact". I do consider the small APS-c DSLRs distinct outliers; perhaps not true members of the clan but definitely worthy of discussion here.

    I would definitely add one requirement. The camera must include the classic M, A, S, & P metering options. A automatic only camera doesn't count as "serious" in my book.
     
  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Thanks Dwig, and welcome to the forum!

    While there have always been S.C. readers who felt that that blog should focus exclusively on the use of pocket cameras, I think most of us share a common interest in a range of smaller cameras.
     
  5. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    Herman
    Is the Canon S90 a serious compact camera ? I assume it is. Like the DP2 is. As to small DSLR: OM 450 is small enough to be a serious member. My private opinion. Comments are appreciated and welcome, thanks in advance.
     
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2010
    In my opinion, all three of those are beyond a doubt, serious compacts. In fact, all have received quite a bit of coverage on the old S.C. blog.

    By OM 450, I assume you mean Olympus E-450?
     
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  7. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    Herman
    Hi Amin, thanks for your quick reply. Yip, you're right, I meant Oly E-450. Part of serious cameras ?
     
  8. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator Moderator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Herman, yes, the E-450 is welcome here. That's why we have a small DSLRs forum :thumbup:.