Advanced compact digitals.

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  1. passerby

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    I have been searching for the manual compact cameras fitted with view finders - other than nikon and canon. Here are 3 cameras that I think interesting.

    The first two, sigma DP1 and ricoh GR2 are fitted with fixed lens. The ricoh Gx200 fitted with zoom lens. Also which I just came across today is leica compact with no vie finder, I did not know they make one. The sad thing is - it seem leica is losing the fierce battle globally. (last link)

    Anyway, while on Cnet I also saw the preview of nikon D3, very large camera but also impressive.

    Ricoh GR II
    http://www.cnettv.com/?hhTest=1&tag=hd_ts

    Sigma DP-1


    Ricoh GX200


    Leica D-Lux 3


     
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    In my opinion, the decision would be between the Ricoh GX200 and the Canon G9. I've shot with a borrowed G9 and was pretty darn impressed especially if you already shoot with canon (RAW workflow and compatible flashes). I have yet to hold a GX200 because they are just so darn hard to find in the states. The Leica doesn't stack up.. unfortunately. I think there is also a new player in the high end P&S from Nikon.

    Reidreviews.com has just did a writeup in the GX200 but it requires a subscription.
     
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    I saw in dpreview that the DP-1 sensor is almost the size of DSLR sensor. But with only a fixed lens I pass. You right the G9 is still the clear top advanced compact. Just wondering why won't others trying to catch up, maybe economically untenable?
    I think I will buy the GX200 for next year holiday. Unless something else better shows up.
     
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    I liked the Sigma. The combination of a large CMOS chip, RAW shooting, and manual focus looks pretty sweet!!!
     
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    With a Leica 24-60mm f/2 zoom, this may fit the bill. Check out the photo showing the camera with the external viewfinder.

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/0807/08072102panasoniclx3.asp

    I own the Ricoh GRD II, but it is a fixed focal length camera so it is probably not what you are looking for.
     
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    The market is just too small. Looking at just the specifications on the box, it is really difficult to sell a high end P&S to the regular consumer base. Most will either gravitate towards a lower cost P&S or spend a tiny bit more for an entry level DSLR. It is the same reasons why there is only one digital rangefinder in the market.
     

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