I want a good quality compact camera

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  1. fadingaway1986

    fadingaway1986 I Burn Easily :(

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    I have my dSLR (a Canon 50D) and I love it. But I really want something that I can slip in my bag for special occasions. I went to a wedding on Saturday, and it was beautiful. The church was quite bright and well-lit, however when I went to take photos everything changed and the photos were dark. I tried to change it to the high ISO setting, which ended up with EXTREMELY noisy photos. The flash goes half a metre at the most. (My Mum took a photo of me and the bride, and we were about a metre away from her, and the photo is AWFUL. It is horribly dark.)

    So I am looking for a good compact camera. I know compact cameras aren't dSLRs, but my 50D didn't really fit into the semi-formal wedding. (And definitely not into the bag I had)

    So I would like to take suggestions. I am willing to spend up to a few hundred (maybe $500AU).

    My main features would be - somewhat small (but I am not looking for TINY) - just no "look-a-like dSLR's". (But a lens that sticks out a little is fine)
    A reasonable weight
    No preference of batteries, as I see positives in both
    Not too concerned about video mode, but see it as a bonus.
    A reasonable zoom, without compromising size or quality. (Would prefer less zoom with better picture quality)
    Good quality photos
    Decent flash
    Works well in low-light situations (and at 400-800ISO)


    I was looking at the Panasonic Lumix LX5's. But really don't know what is out there at the moment in this range.


     
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    This.
     
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    The Olympus XZ-1. I'm also looking for a snap shot to toss in my bag. I've read many great reviews about this one.
     
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    sony hx-9v.. with good zoom and decent pics
     
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    fadingaway1986 I Burn Easily :(

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    Thanks guys. The canon looks good. I am not too keen on Sony or Olympus though.
     
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    High end P&S that I like.

    * Panasonic LX5 (wide angle fast optics)
    * Canon S95 (compact size fast optics)
    * Canon G12 (features)
    * Olympus XZ-1

    In that order.

    BTW... Even the high end P&S fall apart in IQ above ISO 400. IMO, you should be looking at mirrorless with a fast prime (Micro 4/3, NEX etc). Their sensors are bigger.
     
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    I have a Canon sx210 is. I've seen some pretty good results (quality) and think you can pick one up for a couple of hundred less than the G12. It doesn't have the vari-angle LCD but I believe it has a much longer zoom.
     
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    Check out the Samsung TL500/EX1. It has a lot going for it like IQ, Manual controls, f 1.8 - f 2.4 lens, articulated AMOLED screen etc. Solid build & not too big.

    Cheers,
    kev
     

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