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Old Jun 19, 2014, 8:14 PM   #1
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Hello folks. I have been looking for a month. Mostly on dpreview and now here. I go to camera shops and best buy and walmart, and the limited selection isn't helping, neither are the salespersons more interested in wrapping me up than me getting the right camera for me. I know there is the one, probably a handful with what I need, and I'm picky, perhaps one of you can help?

I need a point and shoot (Pocketable) digital camera for real estate. I sell apartments, all of which are housed by tenants. I will never need a big fancy camera. I have been getting by on a dying decade old sub $100 camera (olympus stylus 710). So I know I can do great with a $250-$399 Camera.

I know I need less than 35mm to get those tight room photos, and capture the room instead oh what's beyond the doorway. I guess I do need more like 24mm than even 28mm. I don't know, you tell me. I usually do walk-throughs and snap photos on the way, while recording notes for my agent visual inspection, and while shooting lazers and taking room measurements. It is hurried, and I don't have time to create professional shots. I snap as I go, I have learned to snap a lot, and one out of 25 hots may get used. And this is ok, no one is impressed by room shots, nor should they be. They just need a basic idea what exists. It's a rental. So I assume I need the biggest sensor available (I most likely don't fully understand them), because I need a camera that can automatically adjust to capture shots quickly, and often in poorly lit rooms (there is no lighting because there is no fixture and people don't have lamps in the room, furthermore windows are covered by sheets or blankets). And I'm here trying to not disturb tenants, they follow me, or are waiting on me. I don't have time to set up shots, I need the camera to figure it out, and get a suitable shot in the darkness using the flash.

I also assume the technology in the most recent cameras surpasses what has been around a while. All the real estate reviews I can find are 2013 latest, and feature 2012/2013 cameras, and mostly talk about capturing breathtaking photos of mansions or high end single fam houses, I just need a decent representation of what there is.

I dislike how my olympus requires it's own cord, because of their proprietary port, and won't play with others. Probably the case with every manufacturer, right?

I guess I need low noise, if 24/25 photos are garbage, I would like to reduce that ratio. I also want image stabilization as I aim quick shots and want more of those to be useful.

Yes I want decent movie taking for pleasure, not business. slow mo would be great, because I like setting off fireworks BLAM! That's probably asking too much. I don't care about a viewfinder I'll never use, nor a pop-up flash, I can see that getting smashed off by a door frame. Not too worried about zoom, would be nice for pleasure, but I'm used to the far shots being terribly grainy and the majority of photos I take are close-in anyway. I also want battery life. I understand mine is dying, and it won't hold a charge through a session when I use flash a lot. Probably any new camera will fix that. I will never use a tripod.

Do I have to buy a storage card? I upload all pics and erase after every shoot. I expect a camera to come with a cord and a lanyard at least.

And then I want the lcd screen, controls, and menus to be likeable. People keep trying to sell me stuff, and then I later read the reviews and people hate it! lol.

Please, no lectures on my shooting style, there is a time and a place for art, and my job is not it (although that does directly apply to others in real estate). but honestly, if anyone understands my needs, and have your finger on the pulse of the market, which cameras can fit my bill?

THANK YOU!!!
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Old Jun 19, 2014, 9:30 PM   #2
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you can work with something like the panasonic LX7, which has a slightly larger sensor and a very fast 24-90mm f/1.4 lens, so good for low light. that being said, it's probably going to have a learning curve, but if you want good quality low light pics, this is the kind of camera you need. also check out the canon G15 on amazon, which also has a fast lens and larger sensor - my husband has one, and it's an awesome camera. and the canon S110 is a bit smaller than the other two, and has the same size sensor and a fast lens, although not as fast as the other two. i can only speak for the battery life of the G15, which is excellent compared to my cameras.

btw, all three come with a strap.

btw, again - there are other cameras that probably come closer to meeting your needs, but they cost more than your top price.
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Old Jun 20, 2014, 12:16 AM   #3
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The best compact camera for you is the Sony RX100 Mk III. It's not cheap, but it has an 1" sensor, so has a good low light capacity. Also good video. It has wifi, so you can easely transfer the pictures to a smartphone or PC. It's the best compact you can buy today.
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All suggestions here are valid options- but for me, the LX7 would be the one- as it's in budget and has that fast and very sharp lens- not to mention 24mm wide- though slightly larger than a usual "point and shoot".
It does have a pop-up flash- and if that really isn't your thing,then I'd go with the Canon S110- which is still wide (at 24mm) and has a very decent sensor (for its size) and is very pocketable, with the flash on the front of the body and in no way vulnerable.
If size isn't an issue (and a pop up flash acceptable) then the G15 comes into play (albeit with a 28mm wide lens).
The Sony RX 100 II has a larger sensor- and very good low light performance- but again- not as wide as some at 28mm- and a pop up flash (and a bit pricier than the others mentioned). The RX 100 III offers the wider lens at 24mm- but expect to pay quite a bit more than the others mentioned here- and still has a pop-up flash..!
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The Panasonic LX7 is announced july 2012, so perhaps next month there will be a LX9 announced. If that is true, that could be an interesting camera too.
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i'd go for the G15 - because my experience with it has impressed me. it's jacket-pocketable, although it won't fit in tight jeans, and its viewfinder can come in handy, even if it's small and not the sharpest. if size also mattered, i'd go with the LX7, which is small yet really well built - i was very impressed when i tried it out.

rudimaes, the OP is on a budget, so even if the LX9 is announced, it will be well above his price range.
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rudimaes, the OP is on a budget, so even if the LX9 is announced, it will be well above his price range.
You might be right, but we'll know for sure when a LX9 is announced.
And if there is an LX9, the price of the LX7 will problaby drop even more.
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The Fuji x-20 is a bit over your stated budget, but is capable of producing the quality photos you are after. The X-10 is likely to be in your price range, though it has a few less features. Both have the 2/3" sensor, which is a bit larger than in most compacts and does better in low light.
Take a look at reviews of all these cameras, and view the sample photos before making up your mind.
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Since those real estate photos are likely to be used online only, I suggest the Panasonic LF1, which has the same sensor as the LX7, is smaller, thinner and more pocketable, includes wif-fi and even has a built-in viewfinder if you're shooting an exterior in bright sunlight.

Review: http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Pa...Lumix_DMC_LF1/

The price is right, too: $298 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...al_camera.html
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