Upload & Sell: Off
For years I used the infamous Nikon V1 as my small but ultra-fast zoom steet-shooting camera. I got along with it's all well known interface faults, for my use it didn't bother me much. I used it with 10fps electronic shutter at 1/500th sec. and just shoot away. I like how it was small, silent and fast.
The time arrived when I had to replace it, and I though on stepping the game up and bought the zoom compact camera that seems to have the best technical specs: the Panasonic LX100.
It has a fast versatile zoom lens, OIS, manual controls (like my beloved fujis) compact size, silent shutter, fast AF and shooting speed, EVF... everything seems perfect on paper, like a dream caera, but I just can't enjoy shooting with it, and I really tried for 3 months.
The main problem resides on the zoom operation. It's just so painfully slow, I don't feel confortable using it for street photography. The fact that I can't see wich FL I'm at without using the electronic dial is very annoying also. My rational side tells me this isn't so significant, but the truth is that I just can't connect with the camera because of this which affects my shooting experience more than I expected.
I got the opportunity to sell it without loosing too much money, so it's sold. So the question now is: what camera do I choose to replace it?
The main requisites are:
- 1" sensor or higher;
- good AF;
- versatile zoom (if it has a large aperture better)
- silent shooting;
My two main contenders now are the Canon G5X and the Panasonic ZS100 / TZ100.
The G5X has mixed reports regarding the AF performance wich leaves me a bit uneasy. It also doesn't give much FPS (something I enjoyed with the Nikon 1 system).
The Panasonic doesn't have the fast aperture of the Canon but compensates this with extra reach. I also think I can live with f/2.8 as long as the OIS is effective.
The problem is I'm afraid of the Panasonic zoom operation being similar to the annoying LX100.
The Sony RX100 line is also an option, but I'm a bit concerned on with the small size being confortable to hold/use.
I could also return to the "dead-end" Nikon 1 system, the Nikon V3 is still to expensive and doesn't have a EVF (only as an attachable options which doesn't appeal to me and makes it more expensive). A second-hand V2 is another option although I find that camera ugly as hell Either lack a fast mid-zoom option.
So, based on all this information, what do you guys think?