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Old Apr 18, 2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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Moved away from a DSLR so looking for a Digital camera that has good IQ but must have a viewfinder.

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Old Apr 18, 2012, 11:12 AM   #2
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Canon G1-X or the G12 and Nikon's P7100 have an optical viewfinder- though not 100% accurate.
All manner of "bridge" camera's have electronic viewfinders...
such as- Panasonic FZ-150
Sony HX-200V
Fuji HS10,20 or 30
Canon SX30is or 40HS
Nikon P500 or 510
Fuji XS-1
the list could go on....

If IQ was the leading factor,the G1-X leads the way- and if you want more versatility,the XS-1.

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Old Apr 18, 2012, 11:56 AM   #3
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An optical viewfinder means a seperate set of optics to support the zoom of the lens. What you'll find is optical viewfinders on cameras with limited zoom ranges or longer zoom ranges with electronic viewfinders.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 12:35 PM   #4
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You want to check out the GX1 first regarding how much it's viewfinder actually shows...or any camera for that matter.

I have a Canon G 12...love it....has a viewfinder and a live view monitor.

But the viewfinder only shows 77 % of the scene...as a result, I invariably use the LV.

In contrast, my DSLR Pentax K-5's viewfinder shows 100 %....but not all DSLR's show the whole 100 %.
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Or Fuji's X cameras: X10, X100, XPro1.
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Old Apr 18, 2012, 1:19 PM   #6
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Quite fancy getting a Panasonic G3
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G'day Koolpc

G3 ... but in your OP you mentioned wanting to get away from a dSLR .... ?

Q- what sort of photography do you want to do?
-- what lenses [in dSLR terms] will you be wanting to shoot with?

To provide you with any meaningful info/answers, others here will need that basic info

fwiw- In the household we have 2x G2s and are very impressed with them.
From the bevy of lenses, the 45-200 is sharpest, but we both fight over the 14-140 for its very good versatility

When I'm not using the G2, I'm hounding the 2-week old X-s1 > a magic camera that suits me & my style of photography

Dunno whether this helps - hope so
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I know but the G3 with a pancake lens on is quite small.
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agonizing between canon 40, panasonic 150, sony 200 , and nikon 510. leave it on auto most of the time. mostly for travel, and like to zoom, but don't full around much otherwise...which will be best quality pictures, ease of use, and quick response.
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jurpie- if you're an "auto" shooter and want quick response with good IQ, I'd go with the Panny' FZ150, closely followed by the Canon...
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