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Old Sep 27, 2010, 12:27 PM   #1
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We used to own a Canon SD800 before it got lost. We were happy with it but wanted better picture quality (esp of our 2 yr old son) so decided to try an SLR. Bought T1i with 2 kits lens from Costco. Over the last couple of months, we have used it, my wife and I love the camera - except for its size and weight.

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1. Love the image IQ and colors
2. We do almost no post processing
3. Over 90% of shots were with 18-55mm kit lens. Hardly used 55-250mm lense.
4. It is nearly impossible to carry camera and manage our 2 yr old son.
5. DSLR speed is a big plus when trying to take his pics.
6. We do some lowlight pics mostly indoors but some of night time pics of buildings etc.
7. Used OVF for most pictures - rarely used LiveView (this is in contrast to the P&S where everything was done through LCD)

Is there a more compact camera (fixed lens or m4/3 or DSLR) that is less bulky but can produce as good images as T1i and as fast? Prefer to keep all-in budget <$1k. Or we are stuck with 2 cameras - DSLR and something like S95/LX5?

Thanks in advance,
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I was looking for the camera you describe before I bought my T2i. The functionality and quality of a DSLR that fits in a pocket. I'm afraid your options will force a compromise. I think you're already on track by suggesting an S95 along with your T1i.
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Until someone develops a box that's smaller and lighter on the outside than it is on the inside, I think you're out of luck.
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if size is an the concern, and you want something more compact, a m4/3 will give you t1i performance except for in really low light and action. The olympus epl-1 takes excellent photos. You should stop over at the olympus micro 4/3 forums on steves if you have any questions. Your budget allows for the epl-1 kit lens, a long zoom and the optional evf.
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I have a t1i, and a olympus epl-1 and 2 point and shoots. As each has their uses at for different things
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Would there be significant difference in IQ and performance between T1i and EPL-1 or Sony Nex-3/5?
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the nex3-5 have a good sensor but soft lenses so the photos are not as crisp or sharp as what you will be uses to with the t1i. The nex can shoot just as good as a dslr at 3200 and 6400iso in regards to noise.

The epl-1 and t1i are very good and close in image quality, and I personally prefer the epl-1 as it has the better jpeg engine for better out the camera results. The epl-1 will match the IQ of the T1i form 100-1600 and to me the epl-1 seems to be a bit better in that range actually.

Here are some side shots of my t1i next to the epl-1

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/tr...ris-night.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...s-germany.html
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/tr...s-tourist.html

Here is my report on the epl-1
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/ol...mpression.html
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If you can sit tight for a while, Sony will be releasing more lenses for the NEX cameras. One of them is a Zeiss prime and another is a 'G' standard zoom. ('G' is a designation for Sony's professional quality lenses.)
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But those will put it way over the OP's budget, think a G lens will be 700 dollars alone, and a CZ will be way over 1k.

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And the nex do not have an evf option.
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