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September 10, 2010

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Kavey

Images look very good!
I was looking for same a while back - a pocket size camera that gave me the manual control I was used to from my DSLR, RAW image files which I find more flexible and quicker to process and decent image quality, of course.
In the end I went with the Canon S90 which is proving popular; I notice many friends with the same model.
I don't find it quite as good in low light as I'd hoped, though it's not bad at all. Other than that, I'm really happy with it.

aaron

Looks great! I've been toying with the idea of getting another pocket sized camera for a while now but didn't want to give anything up that I use on my dslr. I think you've sold me.

Catherine

Are these photos not retouched at all? They look great.

Dave

Kavey - I know a few people with the S90. Sounds like a good option as well. Considerably cheaper than the GRD III.

Aaron - As I said, I was prepared not to like it. I'm still missing real manual focus (which no pocket camera has yet to offer) and a viewfinder (I have the optical viewfinder that slides into the hotshoe but it's not quite the same). But other than that it will do most everything the SLR will.

Catherine - A little contrast boost but that's it. The image quality is really outstanding.

Kitt

Hmm. Food for thought! I have been using a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 (with Leica lens) for a while and had nice results, but the lack of full manual has irked me, along with the excess noise in low light. I'm just waiting for it to die so I can upgrade.

Kavey

I can't get used to non opticaL viewfinders, I just can't get on with digital ones as my only option. My first digital camera, many years ago, was a Minolta (that was also what my SLR was at the time) and in the end, the digital viewfinder was one of the main reasons I didn't use the camera much, though lack of manual control over many aspects of the image was also a factor.

But I have to say, image quality really does look very good!

Dave

Kitt - Take a look at this when you're ready to upgrade. It's a solid competitor.

Kavey - I agree, it is taking me some time to get used to the optical viewfinder, in fact I'm not really using it much. My horizons seem to slant when I use it. On a plus note people seem to react better to me when I use the viewfinder than the LCD screen. Maybe they like the fact that my face is covered? I'll try not to take it personally.

Gen Kanai

Dave, would love your take on the Lumix LX-3 or the newest LX-5 if you've had a chance to use either. A bit more flexible (optical zoom) still fast glass and 720p HD.

Dave

Hey Gen - Yeah, I'd like to give it a whirl (subliminal message - CHRISTMAS IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER). Forgot to mention that the Ricoh shoots 720p HD video as well (a feature I've yet to dive into, even with my Canon 5D Mark II). I do hear good things about the Lumix. There's a lot of choice out there these days which means I can't blame crappy pictures on the camera anymore! Do you own the Lumix? I'd like to hear from people what they use and what they like and don't like about their current systems.

Lina

What do you think of the G11?

bobster

Im liking the Lumix-LX3; it does RAW and can handle F2.0, uses a Leica Lens. It too is quite popular although you have to remove the lens cap. For a full analysis I relied on dpreview.com. I'm tempted to take your photographers tour if I get to Malaysia - to improve my eye!

Dave

Lina - From what I've seen the G11 is a contender. It's a little bigger so not as 'pocketable' as the GRD, but it does have viewfinder which for me is a plus.

Bobster - Heard good things about Lumix, too. Drop me a line if do plan to come to KL and I can give you the details of the walks.

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