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Old Aug 3, 2010, 9:08 PM   #1
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Default A "compact DSLR" with HD?

I'm looking for a compact camera which takes as good photos as DSLR with HD videos. (720p or 1080p)

I know that it's kinda difficult to create a compact camera with the quality of DLSR because of its size but what i mean is if there is a compact camera which doesn't take noisy photos.

5 year agos, My 6mp Canon took awesome photos but these new compact cameras with 8-10-12-14mp take photos with noise. It's so freaking annoying!

I've been seeing Sony HX5v and Canon sx210's photos and when I zoom them they look like watercolors. Lot of noise. (even recording videos on 1080p)

So what compact camera would you recommend me?

PD: i'm an average user not a pro but i like nice photos and videos

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Old Aug 3, 2010, 9:27 PM   #2
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not really, mirco 4/3 is very compact, especially the olympus pens' and the panasonic gf1. And it uses the same sensor as the olympus 4/3 dslr. So you do get dslr quality. The olympus pens all have HD at 720. And currently the olympus EPL-1 is very good for low light upto 2000iso in the m4/3 line up. With a pancake lens they are not much larger then a canon g11.

If you need better then 2000iso, with good lenses also. The Samsung nx10 with the aps-c is very good at 3200iso. But it is a bit larger then the compact m4/3 camera.

Sony Nex3 and 5 are the smallest bodies with an aps-c sensor. But the lenses are not as good as the m4/3 cameras or the samsung.

But any of these will be a big jump in image quality from what you have been using.
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If you were thinking about a DSLR size, then the micro4/3 Panasonic G2 would be a good fit. It has ISO3200, and 720p HD video.
It is sized like an extra small DSLR would be.
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The Fuji HS10 comes to mind as a camera that can come close to matching what a D-SLR type camera can output but then I thought its not consider a compact camera but a bridge camera and its video mode is not the best. I think the suggest of the 4/3rds mode is as close as your going to get at what you want your after.

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i like the suggestions for the m4/3 for this purpose.

The G2 is a logical choice for sure, with its compact dslr like styling and compressed video format.

The Nex5 is a good choice as well. While the GUI is not something that people enjoy much when they want utmost control, it is a great point and shoot type camera with one of the better aps-c sensors there is.
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Welcome to the Forum. We're pleased that you dropped by.

I also feel that a m4/3 camera seems best suited to you proposed usage. However, I would suggest the Olympus EPL-1 as my camera of choice.

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Old Aug 3, 2010, 11:06 PM   #7
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Thanks for replying!

Well, Panasonic GF1 is awesome, nice pics and videos but it's too expensive 900 dollars in my country

i'm just an student my budget is $360 as maximum

And G2 doesn't fit in my pocket

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Save the money get the epl-1 instead, better low light, and best out of camera jpegs. And it is not that much more to your budget. It is selling for about 530 dollars.
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Olympus epl-1 is awesome and cheaper, thanks mtclimber and shoturtle

Can i take good photos without the lens? or is it imposible?

Because it's a nuisance to be carrying the lens everywhere
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well you need the lens on it of course. but it does fold up pretty compact. its not going to fit in a pocket really. but if you are a student, then you have a backpack i am presuming.

really none of the m4/3 or Evils are pocketable
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