Some Suggestions for a compact at around $400. or less

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by Alanroseman, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman SC Rookie

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    Hi Folks,

    My eldest daughter asked me for a suggestion on a "serious compact" camera.

    Most of you know I have converted from the DSLR world to µ43, and very happy to have done so... just an aside.

    I don't keep up on the fixed lens compact side, and I'm considering making a recommendation of one of the following:

    Panasonic LX3
    Panasonic LX5
    Canon S95

    Anyone have a compelling reason to avoid any in the list above?

    Thanks in advance for your suggestion.

    Alan
     
  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 7, 2010
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    Well, is your daughter going to do any post processing or will she mostly be doing jpegs and using something like iPhoto? That's important, in my opinion. I still love my LX5 but I find that the out of the camera color tones were not what I would say were immediately ideal for straight shooting, though I was always using RAW. I've gotten some of my best pictures with it, however...and all it took was a tweak or two in Lightroom. I've never tried the Canon S95 but Canon is well known for great out of the camera colors.

    I know we have a bunch of threads on here...and plenty of enthusiastic owners of these cameras, Alan. The S95 has a smaller more pocketable size and profile, especially for young women who don't have large pockets - if that is of concern, I don't know.
     
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  3. BruPri

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  4. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

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    I'm with BluPri 100%. Love the s95, never warmed to the LX5 (so sold it after one OS trip). The form factor of the s95 is the clincher, its good for the back-pocket (or purse). Also the look of it is like any other compact, while the results from it are a different thing altogether.

    Having said all that you can only really tell your camera when it's in hand. The LX5 looked better on paper, the s95 (and GRDII before it) were far better in hand.

    P.S., BluPri's right again with the Franiec grip. It transforms the s95 without adding anything to the portability
     
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  5. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman SC Rookie

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    Hi BB,

    You make a great point. I don't envision any serious PP work in her future, so OOC Jpegs will be prominent. I really hadn't considered that until your mention.... I shoot RAW RAW and more RAW... I may have been biased towards the LX 3/5 based on my use of the Panny µ43 cameras.

    The S95 seems to have some big fans too.

    Thanks BB.
     
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  6. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

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    I concur with the posters who advised you try to S90/95. Canon compacts are very tough to beat and the S95 is at the top of their list IMHO
     
  7. BBW

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    Well, I'm glad I mentioned it Alan. Others may beg to differ re the LX5, but those were my impressions.
     
  8. Alf

    Alf SC Top Veteran

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    May I add the Oly XZ-1 to your list? I tried one in a shop days ago and was surprised. Plus you get Oly Jpegs, so sky and skin tones are a solved problem.
    In this forum are a lot of great pics made with an xz-1. Not sure about cost in the US.
     
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  9. BruPri

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  10. Lili

    Lili SC Hall of Famer

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    The XZ-1 is superb IMHO, but it is not nearly so pocketable as the S95. Also a new user might find the lens caps fiddly.