Suggestions for Compact Digital Camera - Low Light


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May 18, 2009
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Hello all,
Before I posted this I searched the forum for similar posts but didn't see any. I am looking for a good, small and durable compact digital camera to replace my beloved Fuji F30. I also shoot a Nikon D200 and D70, but they are both larger than what I want to carry on business meetings and family vacations. I shoot a lot of landscape and low light and night cityscapes, as well as general family shots and I would like to have something very small that could fit in a pocket but also give me as close to DSLR quality as I can get. The F30 to this point has been fantastic but it has seen better days, and the Fuji's that replaced it have yet to live up to its low light capabilities (in my opinion). I am considering the Leica De-Lux 4 or 5 as I have read some positive reviews. I would also consider the Panasonic versions, unless there is something about the Leica that would make it worth the extra expense. I am not as concerned about the name as I am image quality and durability. I am hoping to find something that could also shoot HD video. I would like to spend no more than $800. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
You arent really going to get "good low light performance" from a point and shoot.

The sensors are very small in them, and it naturally hurts them in this area.

It goes without saying that some are better than others in this aspect though.

Read reviews on them and look for "good low light" or "good high Iso" listed as advantages.

- Neil
Thanks for the feedback. I read through hours of reviews and user experiences and I was leaning towards the Leica D-LUX 5, although I have read that the Panasonic DMC-LX5 is the exact same camera for $300 less. So now I have to research the true differences between the two. Thanks again.
i just got a s95 and this little thing is AWESOME!
not sure about HD but it does very well in low light situations.
it is what it is though. don't expect too much.
i was very pleased with pics of my daughter during gymnastics, pics of a friend playing indoor volleyball and late night pics out on the town.. all without a flash.
and it is very small(which was my main factor). it slides right into my front pocket and doesn't bother me.

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