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Old Feb 15, 2013, 2:29 PM   #11
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Does a 6 and 8 year old count as wildlife?

That is a lot of really good reading. My short list just got longer. At this point I think it is probably time to head into a shop and see what I am comfortable carrying around.
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Old Feb 15, 2013, 2:33 PM   #12
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Does a 6 and 8 year old count as wildlife?
yes but you don't need the FZ200 to get up close to them!
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Old Feb 16, 2013, 3:51 AM   #13
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I like the idea of the Sony RX100... small enough to be pocketable, larger-than-normal sensor for its class of camera, and a very fast lens when zoomed out wide. Here, the RX100 is put up against the competition, some of which you may like as well.

http://www.dpreview.com/articles/236...ompact-cameras

I also like the idea of the Panasonic FZ200 because its constant-aperture lens will help compensate for its small sensor. It also has a build-in viewfinder, which you may find to be surprisingly useful when walking around in the bright sunshine at the park.

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Old Feb 17, 2013, 11:02 AM   #14
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One forgotten camera that doesn't compromise on quality is the Canon G1X.
Although it's not the most attractive package it delivers DSLR results way beyond what my Lumix m4/3 kit can achieve. It is no P&S.

Just lately there seems to be a resurgence of interest in it as prices have dropped and as owners ( me included ) keep saying how amazing the results are.
As it seems unlikely to be replaced and is a unique offering , its resale value should stay high. If you're interested Canon produced some background info on its development
Links to the PDF file
http://tinyurl.com/G1Xdevelop
http://www.brochures.canon-europe.co...&languageid=-1
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I've looked at the G1X reviews and one of the critiques I keep reading is it's slow to focus and zoom. How mush of an issue is it really?

I went to one shop yesterday and he directed me to the K-01. I have to admit I was not comfortable not having a view finder. I knew that they probably would not have the cameras being discussed here, but I was in the area so I stopped in anyway.

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Just a thought, but while convenience is fleeting, image quality lasts forever. A dSLR you already know how to use, with lenses you already have, will give you better results than a new camera you need to learn and adjust to. And when you get back, you'll have better photos to show for your effort.
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I've looked at the G1X reviews and one of the critiques I keep reading is it's slow to focus and zoom. How mush of an issue is it really?

I went to one shop yesterday and he directed me to the K-01. I have to admit I was not comfortable not having a view finder. I knew that they probably would not have the cameras being discussed here, but I was in the area so I stopped in anyway.
I've always found the focus speed fast enough and very accurate.
It's a bit slower than the m4/3 kit and the latest small sensor cameras but it's never been an issue for me. I've even shot birds in flight close in using the viewfinder and the focus has been spot on.
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If I'm going to disneyworld I'd carry an m43 or a nex. It doesn't make sense to carry around a dslr, especially if you're going on rides and such. I consider these pro compact cameras made by canon and nikon to be a waste of money.
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One forgotten camera that doesn't compromise on quality is the Canon G1X.
Although it's not the most attractive package it delivers DSLR results way beyond what my Lumix m4/3 kit can achieve. It is no P&S...
The latest generation Olympus m4/3 beats the G1X on IQ at pretty much all ISO with the gap widening as the G1X becomes useless over 1600. Go here to dpreview and compare the EM-5 RAW to the G1X RAW.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusem5/21

Both the E-PL5 and E-PM2 have the same sensor as the EM-5. My personal choice would be one of these plus a few small lenses.
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The latest generation Olympus m4/3 beats the G1X on IQ at pretty much all ISO with the gap widening as the G1X becomes useless over 1600. Go here to dpreview and compare the EM-5 RAW to the G1X RAW.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/olympusem5/21

Both the E-PL5 and E-PM2 have the same sensor as the EM-5. My personal choice would be one of these plus a few small lenses.
Just had a look and it's quite interesting when I compare my G3 to the G1X. What I'm seeing is not my experience as the G1X gives me better images up to ISO 3200.
I'm waiting for the EM-6 ; now that'll be a must have
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