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Old Jun 13, 2007, 6:05 PM   #1
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I need some help. I am looking for a VERY small camera that shoots in the RAW format. 6.1 megapixels is the lowest resolution I can go. I need minimal shutter lag, and also minimal recylce time. Zoom should be about 20-135. I have looked at the Nikon D40x, but I still need the camera to be smaller and lighter. I need to be able to carry this camera on a 5-week wilderness expedition.

So, what would you recommend, and why? Thanks!


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Old Jun 13, 2007, 9:35 PM   #2
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If you've looked at the Nikon D40x, but need something smaller, you might want to take a look at the Olympus dSLRs. They are the lightest, most compact dSLRs on the market, and the 4/3 lens mount means the lenses are lighter and more compact as well. They all do RAW, and except for the new e-410 and E-510, they do TIFF as well.

I presume that, when you said you were looking for something in the range of 20-135, you were referring to what you'd have seen on the D40x. The D40x is a 1.5 crop factor camera, while the Olympus dSLRs are 2.0 crop factor cameras. So a 20-135 on a D40x would be a 15-101 on an Olympus. Olympus has a Zuiko 14-54 f/2.8-3.5 and a 18-180 f/3.5-6.3, both of which seem to be very good, and Sigma has an 18-125 f/3.5-5.6 that seems good.
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Old Jun 13, 2007, 11:44 PM   #3
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The Canon A710 is a small 7 MP camera with image stabilisation and 35-210mm zoom range. Equipped with the CHDK hack you can not only shoot raw but you also get a couple of rather unique features. For more information see
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Old Jun 17, 2007, 8:53 AM   #4
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How about the Olympus SP-350. It even has a hot shoe as well as shoots in RAW format.

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