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Old Sep 3, 2010, 5:37 AM   #1
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Default Advanced/"prosumer" compact? Anything that is not Canon S90/S95 or Panasonic LX3/LX5?

I'm a point-and-shoot kind of guy, but I recently found myself trying to play around with the advanced settings on my compact. Unfortunately, it is rather limited, so I'd like to "upgrade" to an advanced compact.

It is my understanding that the Canon S90 and Panasonic LX3 are the best "prosumer" compacts at the moment. Are there any other cameras worth considering? The S95 and LX5 are rather new, so I'm waiting for the reviews and comparisons there... And they are probably a bit more expensive.

In such an advanced compact, I would look for the best possible image quality. My impression is that the S90 and the LX3 basically have equally good IQ.

What else should one consider when deciding between the S90 and LX3?

One thing I can think of at the top of my head is that the S90 is much more "pocketable", while the LX3 has a wider angle lens. Anything else?

And again, are there any other advanced compacts I should take a look at?
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Old Sep 3, 2010, 5:44 AM   #2
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Just a quick note:

I would have liked an advanced compact with more than 10x zoom and still excellent image quality, but I guess something would have to be sacrificed somewhere. Either the camera body would be too big, or the image quality would be worse, or something else.

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The panny you can add a external flash with, giving it even better low light performance. And the LX5 you can add the evf for gf1, so you can shoot with a evf instead of the lcd.

But they are all very good high end point and shoots with excellent image quality and good low light performance.
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Check out the ZS7 al the manual settings you would ever want...12X Zoom...pocketable...also Ripoffs Holster makes a great clip-on belt holster for it as well...the S90 and LX3/LX5 all are very limted on zoom 3.8X on the S90 to 5X on the LX5 I think which is short for outdoors...
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The ZS7 seems to be called TZ10 in Europe. I agree that longer zoom would be nice, but how is the image quality compared to the S90 and LX3? The ZS7/TZ10 also seems to lack a decent burst mode.

By the way, I was able to find a review of the S95, and I am shocked to find that they are apparently pushing compression to the max even on the "fine" setting, just as they did with the SD4000/300 HS:

http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...sample_images/

In other words, the 10 megapixel S95 and the SD4000/300 HS both produce larger JPEG files than my old 6 megapixel camera!
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The TZ10 is the ZS7, it is a good camera. But the LX3 and S90 will have better IQ especially when the light levels dip.
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Some folks have high hopes for the Nikon P7000, due to be announced soon.
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What do you plan on shooting with, the wider lens can be useful for landscape shooting. And the ability to change aspect ratios is pretty simple with the panny. Just push the indicator to go more rectangular vs square.
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Unlike some of the folks that only guess, I actually own the ZS7 and the S90:
Close Ups:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...-beez-zs7.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...ss-camera.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...sharpness.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...pider-zs7.html
Family Trips:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...-colorado.html
No flash indoors:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...no-museum.html
S90 No flash indoors:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ca...sh-museum.html
S90 Manitou Springs:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ca...sh-photos.html
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