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darthflan
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


Hello all!
My wife has a Canon 40D and 7D with a 100-400 L series, 24-70 L series lenses but would like a really nice point and shoot for when bringing the larger equipment is not an option. Now granted, I know that a 'Professional' grade point N shoot my be an oxymoron, but If you had to leave your Pro equipment home, what would you want to bring? If you could, please give me some recommendations.

Criteria:

  1. Preferably a Canon (not firm on that though)
  2. Good sensor for low light
  3. A decent zoom (not digital zoom)
  4. Smaller size than a Pro DSLR
  5. Manual settings if possible
  6. Willing to spend 500 bucks or more


Thanks for looking!
Flan


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Aug 08, 2012 at 01:52 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


Canon G1X?


Aug 08, 2012 at 01:53 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


Canon G1X?


Aug 08, 2012 at 01:54 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


Canon S100.


Aug 08, 2012 at 02:01 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


Oly EPM1 with the 20 1.7 on the front.


Aug 08, 2012 at 02:06 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


Damn.... not a zoom, but still what I'd go with. Love that little beast.


Aug 08, 2012 at 02:07 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


I can't recommend the G10-12 now that the G1X is here, and upcoming M body is on the horizon -- not a P&S, but an very interesting camera.

Personally, I use M4/3 cameras in this case, not P&S (well, occasionally I still take my G10!).

From what I've been reading, if I wanted a P&S right now, it would probably be the Sony RX100. If I wanted a Canon P&S, the S100 is the best.

There is a great chart on this RX100 preview that shows the relative IQ/price merits of different sensors and camera types.

http://www.dpreview.com/previews/sony-dsc-rx100/

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Aug 08, 2012 at 02:34 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


BauerPower wrote:
Canon S100.


This.

Cannot recommend this enough. I bought one, and I am blown away by the RAW quality.

Sure it's a little on the pricey side, but look at that tiny size! I always hated carrying around big DSLR cameras to casual gatherings, now I can get great pics without looking like the obnoxious Mr. Photo Guy.

Canon S100 is the best point and shoot I have ever used.



Aug 08, 2012 at 02:40 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


Canon S100 Or Sony RX100!

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1138306

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1119847/0





Aug 08, 2012 at 02:50 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


Nex 7 - highly recommended


Aug 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
 

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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


I've a Fuji X10 i like a lot. Just great handling - it feels like a proper camera rather than a piece of plastic that takes pictures. It is a lot more chunky than the S100 though. Excellent jpeg output, though RAW processing is more difficult to get good results. The EXR sensor has some interesting modes too, though works best in 6MP rather than 12MP resolution. It competes with the S100 on price and i think is vastly more satisfying to handle.

If you've a couple of hundred dollars more to spend the RX100 seems to be flavour of the month on the Alt forum, with many folk posting up high ISO images that make my X10 look very average indeed.



Aug 08, 2012 at 03:04 PM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


Sony RX100.

Fits all of your requirements except being a Canon. But don't let brand loyalty prevent you from getting the best p&s available right now



Aug 08, 2012 at 03:05 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


Canon EOS M

http://consumer.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_m_ef_m_22mm_stm_kit

Works with your 100-400 but also with compact EF-M lenses.


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Aug 08, 2012 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


If you can live with the limited zoom range, the Sony RX100's combination of small size, image quality, and speed can't be beat.

I'm a Canon guy, and was about to pull the trigger on the S100.

When the RX100 came on the scene I couldn't resist.

I've had it for two weeks and love it.

SteveB



Aug 08, 2012 at 03:07 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


I wonder how the new M will compare to the S100 for low light capability. I don't see a comparison of the sensor size all that readily at the moment (still looking).

If the M is a much better camera, thats nice, just not sure if my wife would not be dying for the zoom on the s100.



Aug 08, 2012 at 04:16 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


RX100's 1" sensor is almost 3X the size of S100's 1/1.7" sensor plus RX100 has a faster F1.8 lens so high-ISO IQ is...

ISO6400 JPEG: RX100 vs. S100 vs. V1



Aug 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


Olympus XZ-1


Aug 08, 2012 at 05:05 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


yellowducky wrote:
I wonder how the new M will compare to the S100 for low light capability. I don't see a comparison of the sensor size all that readily at the moment (still looking).

If the M is a much better camera, thats nice, just not sure if my wife would not be dying for the zoom on the s100.


The S100 has the tiny P&S sized sensor (the 1/1.7" size on the graph). So it doesn't do as well as some of the others like the Sony DSC RX100 in lowlight. The Sony has the 1" size sensor on the graph.
The M has a Canon APS-C sized sensor, which is much bigger. There should be no comparison in the IQ department.

Here's a sensor size comparison.









Aug 08, 2012 at 08:09 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


The Sony RX100 looks the best in the "pocketable" P&S category.
The Canon G1X looks good if you can handle the bump in size and weight.



Aug 08, 2012 at 08:14 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Professional Grade Point and Shoot Recommendation


My RX100 is arriving Friday, simply the best p&s made to date by any manufacturer.


Aug 08, 2012 at 09:13 PM
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